How to Clean Pergo Floors (Like a Pro!)

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One popular form of flooring that has become much more popular in recent years has been Pergo flooring.  Although you may not know this type of flooring by name, there is no doubt that you have stepped foot on it at some point in the past.

Pergo is a contemporary, easy to install flooring that snaps together in place without any difficult installation process.

The pieces attach to one another in a manner that eliminates the need for messy grout, or any other sticky residue.  This type of flooring contains a top layer of laminate with an image of tile or hardwood flooring, in essence emulating that type of flooring without having a complicated and difficult installation process.

Aside from the ease and convenience of installation, Pergo flooring also can be easy to clean compared to some of its predecessors.

Unlike tile with complicated grout in between its crevices or hardwood floors that are difficult to shine, Pergo style flooring can be cleaned in a variety of convenient ways.

Key Takeaways:

Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle with warm water, then spray the floor. Wipe the solution with a damp cloth or mop. Dry any excess water left over, then leave the floor to air dry. It’s also worth sweeping regularly. Only use a steam mop on its lowest setting.

Here are the best ways to clean Pergo floors:

Choose a Method

wiping off vinegar solution

There are a couple of routes you can go here.

  • Method OneRegular Sweeping: Unlike other types of flooring, Pergo flooring can be adequately maintained by simply sweeping excess dirt and grim on a regular basis. A broom, mop, or Swifter type sweeping device can maintain a clean, well-kempt style.
  • Method TwoVinegar Solution: If you have a particularly dirty floor or have heavy regular foot traffic due to children and pets you may consider performing this method.

You won’t need many items for this. In fact, most are probably already in your home:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Liquid Dish Detergent

Now that you’re equipped with your weapons of choice, you’re ready to get cleaning.

  1. Create a concoction of vinegar and water by pouring 1/4 cup of white vinegar into a thirty-two-ounce spray bottle and filling up the remainder with warm water. Shake well to combine the two ingredients.  Be sure to adequately dilute the vinegar to the point where it is concentrated enough not to harm the laminate cover on the flooring.
  2. Begin spraying the vinegar solutions onto the flooring in small segments approximately one square foot at a time. Although this method may take slightly longer than spraying the entire floor at once, it will prevent the vinegar from drying too quickly.  If the vinegar dries too quickly without being cleaned up, it has the potential to cause damage to the laminate flooring seal.  By cleaning in small areas one at a time, you will be sure to protect the outer protective coating from deterioration.
  3. Wipe off the solution with a damp mop or cloth. Be sure the mop does not contain an abrasive material, or this may damage the flooring. The soft cloth-like material is recommended for these circumstances.
  4. If there is little to no water residue left on the flooring, you may simply let the floor air dry without further effort needed. However, if there appears to be a substantial amount of water left over, then be sure to dry the flooring to prevent warping of the laminate floor material.

That’s it.  Cleaning your Pergo flooring has never been simpler!

If you want to make your cleaning job even simpler, try purchasing a steam mop.

How Can a Steam Mop Make the Process Easier?

steam mop on pergo floors

We no longer recommend using steam mops on Pergo.

Here is why:

Steam is moisture and heat. It is also pressure. When you put pressure on hardwood, or especially laminate, the steam can push the moisture into the planks. Moisture and heat can cause wear, damage, swelling or worse.

If you are going to use it, use it on the lowest setting only.

When you are done, make sure the floor is completely dry.

A steam mop takes the hassle and headache out of the traditional mop style cleaning.  Since it runs mainly on steam, there are no harmful chemicals or solutions required to have your floor looking bright and new. The steam takes care of the dirt and bacteria that may be lurking on floor tops.

Steam mops are also easier to clean and store for prolonged periods of time.  Traditional mops have to clean thoroughly after every single use and even after cleaning may still contain dirt and dust deep within their bristles.  Eventually, old mops will be tossed by the wayside before a new one has to be purchased.

A high quality floor steam cleaner may last for years with hundreds of uses before needing any regular maintenance.

Let Your Pergo Flooring Shine Bright!

Pergo flooring has received an unpopular reputation by some individuals as it is considered fake, imitation material that doesn’t hold up well to traditional flooring.  The truth of the matter is Pergo flooring can be installed at a fraction of the cost with little to no tools. The realistic appearance and ease of cleaning pergo floors make it a viable flooring option that any household should at least consider when performing any home flooring makeover.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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