Hard wood cleaners make an easy and efficient way to keep your laminate flooring free from dirt and debris. If you have pets and/or children, or just love muddy walks in the woods, chances are that you will need to use a laminate floor cleaner on a regular basis to keep the floor fresh and clear.
Most cleaners work by spraying water and acting as a mop, taking the hard work out of floor cleaning. Others have a steam function that loosens dirt and then wipes it away. Whichever one you choose it is important to bear in mind that you will be working with water and a machine that relies on electricity to work.
Laminate floor cleaner safety
Laminate floor cleaners are generally very safe to use as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take a few sensible precautions before and during use.
- Make sure you buy your laminate floor cleaner from a reputable retailer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- It’s important to register your new laminate floor cleaner with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is issued. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To find out how to register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit our Product Registration page.
- Use our free online Product Recall checker to see if your laminate floor cleaner or any other electrical items have been recalled.
- Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Get in touch with the retailer and ask them to fit a UK plug.
- Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
- Any socket you plan to use to plug in a laminate floor cleaner should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider using an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
Using your laminate floor cleaner safely
- Ensure all supply cables and plugs are free from damage before use. If there are any signs of damage, discontinue use.
- Avoid using around open electrical points or wiring.
- Ensure you use your hard wood cleaner only as specified in the manual.
- When filling with water or detergents, make sure the cleaner is unplugged from the wall.
- Do not overstretch the supply cables.
- Empty the water chamber before putting the cleaner away after each use.
- Unplug when not in use.