Floors are one of the first things you see when you come into someone’s home. People sometimes spend hundreds a year in an attempt to have that sparkly clean floor. Well, I to strive to have that A+floor. I have an arsenal of cleaning products and polishes. My floors are a mix of hardwood, ceramic tile and laminate tile. I love my floors and I must say they look quite lovely….except for the kitchen.
The kitchen is laminate tile, and until recently I thought they were clean. I, however, was wrong. They were actually FILTHY! Now, I know you must be thinking “How could you not know they were filthy?” Well, when we bought the house, I thought the laminate was cream color with brown and black throughout. Turns out the BLACK was not part of the color, it was actually ground in dirt. I went four years thinking this was the case. I never thought otherwise, because when I would mop and even scrub it with a handheld scrubber, the black never came up. So, it went completely unnoticed. It wasn’t until I went to a friend’s house and saw their floor which was nearly identical to mine. The only difference was the black. So, I went home and really got down to look at the black and realized it was indeed dirt and not part of the tile.
I tried mopping and I tried scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush. This junk would not come off. It was so ground in to the grooves and cracks of the laminate that I was beginning to think it was permanent. After a stupid amount of removal attempts and fails, I finally came across a solution. It was extremely easy and just took a little bit of elbow grease. The legit ONLY thing that would take the dirt out of the laminate was a dryer sheet!
All you have to do is get a pack or two of dryer sheets (any kind works) and a glass cleaner such as Windex. I used Walmart’s generic version. Just spray the tile, get a dryer sheet and scrub that laminate until it is free of the black speckles. That is it!!! Check it out below.
(Dryer sheets & Glass Cleaner)
(Black ground in dirt specks in the laminate)
(Left tile has been cleaned with a dryer sheet. Right tile has not been cleaned and has the black specks)
(Both tiles have been cleaned)
As you can see it make a huge difference. I have done about half of my kitchen floor, as it does take some time to go tile by tile. That would be the one negative aspect to this the fact that it is time-consuming, but it does make a significant difference in the appearance of my floors.
So give it a try and let me know your thoughts!