Like hardwood, carpeting, and tile, making your laminate floors sparkle requires a certain lineup of cleaning products, suitable for the affordable, hybrid surface that’s sensitive to moisture. Liquid cleaners, mops, and vacuums help you achieve the clean you’re looking for.
Angela Lee from Hellamaid, a top-rated cleaning company in Ontario, Canada, stresses that it’s super-important to make sure cleaning products are compatible with your flooring type. “Products specifically made for your floor type can easily remove all the dirt and grime without leaving any scratches or marks,” she says. “This will help you maintain your laminate floors in good shape and can prolong the life of your flooring.”
To help you find the best ones and to let your surfaces sparkle, we tested and researched dozens of laminate floor cleaners, evaluating effectiveness, scent, and ease of use.
Best Overall :Better Life Naturally Dirt-Destroying Floor Cleaner
- No harsh odors or fumes
- Plant-derived cleaning agents
- Safe around kids and pets
- No rinsing required
- Easy to use too much
- Cap tends to leak
- No spray applicator
If you want to get the job done quickly and effectively, Better Life’s Naturally Dirt-Destroying Floor Cleaner is the way to go. We love this high-quality but affordable floor cleaner that delivers a streak-free clean—tackling tough stuff like grease and grime—on all sealed floors, including laminate, tile, ceramic, and even hardwood. Despite it not having a spray applicator, there’s no dilution required, making application very easy. You simply point, squirt, and mop to reveal cleaner floors.
Despite its obvious cleaning power, this cleaner is made with an eco-friendly, plant-based formula that’s safe to use in areas highly trafficked by kids and pets. The cleaning solution doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals—just essential oils—which means the scent skews fresh and mild rather than overpoweringly “clean.”
We just love Better Life floor cleaner. The scent reminds us of a day at the spa, and it delivers quick results. Within minutes of cleaning one portion of the floor, the surface was dry as we began cleaning another. It left a smooth finish without any tackiness, which was a pleasant surprise, as we know that many solutions leave the floor slightly sticky after use.
Best Budget: Rejuvenate All Floors Cleaner
- Included shine booster
- No bucket needed
- Can experience buildup with frequent use
This ready-to-use floor cleaner effectively cleans everything from laminate and hardwood to tile and marble (and more)—hence the name Rejuvenate All Floors Cleaner. No matter what you’re cleaning, you don’t have to dilute or fully rinse floors. Just apply the budget-friendly formula directly to the surface prior to wiping or mopping with a microfiber towel or mop. You’ll have clean, streak-free floors complete with a fresh lemon scent.
If you want to streamline the task (and your supplies, for that matter), this cleaner can do a cool trick. If you purchase the Rejuvenate Click n Clean Multi-Surface Spray Mop, you can attach the cleaner to spray and mop all in one go. Simply clip the upside down bottle onto the spray mop and get to work!
Best Vacuum: Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Hard Floor Mop
- Cordless design
- Quiet operation
- Short battery life
- Need to buy replacement pads
When it comes to sealed floors like laminate, experts say the right way to clean them is to vacuum and mop. But if you don’t have much space, it can be burdensome to stock so many cleaning supplies. We suggest leaning on the Shark VacMop to streamline things. This powerful tool is both a vacuum and spray mop, and it uses powerful suction to pull dirt and debris up and off of your floor.
First, use it to vacuum all loose debris. Then, use the spray cleaning solution from the on-board container to mop, leaving floors sparkling. It’s a seamless process, because the tool is lightweight and maneuvers well in tight areas. Bonus: It also has a light stationed at the head to help you see dark, hard-to-reach spots, like under a couch.
The VacMop is also cordless, which helps you navigate wherever you need to go. While the battery life could be better, it’s ultimately not something you’ll need to worry about too much if you’re using the mop for smaller, daily cleans. An overnight charge is all you need to complete several small tasks or one big deep clean of a townhouse, for example. The only downside? You do have to continually purchase refill pads and the cleaning solution, as the VacMop only comes with a sample amount of each, and they’re not reusable.
Best Mop: Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop Cleaner Starter Kit
- Easy to attach and remove pads
- Works on most hard floors
- Different cleaning solutions available
- Some parts feel flimsy
- Need to apply pressure to tough stains
- Includes trial version of cleaning solution
One of the biggest threats to laminate flooring is excess moisture. In place of a steam mop, try the Swiffer WetJet Mop Starter Kit, which gives you all the tools you need to effectively clean your laminate floors. The all-in-one mop and floor cleaner—one of our favorites—couldn’t be more simple to operate. You simply push a button to dispense a little bit of liquid cleaning solution and then push the slim and lightweight mop across the floor.
This Swiffer mop is typically easy to find online and on store shelves, which helped us rate it a perfect 5 stars in every testing category except portability, because the mop’s pieces feel a bit flimsy and may be prone to breakage if moved or stored incorrectly. Despite this drawback, the tool was tough on spills, dirt, and dust. The mop even eradicated stuck-on bits of food. We also used it with one of the Extra Power pads to clean the laminate floors in the bathroom. We didn’t expect the special pad to make a big difference, but it did a good job scrubbing off stains without too much effort—always a plus!
When you’re done, just toss the disposable cleaning pad in the garbage. Keep in mind: while convenient, you will have to continually purchase brand-specific replacements, much like you have to with the Shark VacMop.
Best Heavy Duty: ZEP Commercial Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner
- A little goes a long way
- Subtle fragrance
- Works with spray mops
- Not ideal for homes with kids and pets
If you have a lot of laminate flooring or live in an old home where years of dirt and grime are caked on the floors, it’s important to stock a heavy-duty cleaner like ZEP Commercial Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. It’s a commercial-grade solution that’s specifically made for highly trafficked industrial spaces, but it works exceptionally well in homes, too—as long as you don’t have kids and pets. (It’s not nearly as gentle as other options.)
But those who do use this cleaner will be impressed by how well it tackles, well, just about everything under the sun, including set-in stains. It also smells nice, thanks to a light and clean citrus scent. To use this floor cleaner, simply spray it on, mop, and prepare to be amazed by how shiny your floors are. Just note: A little goes a long way, so be conservative when you’re using it.