1.) Dust Mop or Vacuum
Before you break out the cleaners, you’ll want to dust mop or vacuum the floors.
In most cases a dust mop is your ideal tool. It’s simply easier to get into corners and if you’re careful a dust mop will almost always end up with a much better finish than a vacuum. It’ll also take roughly the same amount of time.
Mop selection needs to be done carefully. You don’t want a standard rag mop of any type, and you’ll quickly find out that squeegee type mops are all but useless on laminate flooring. Instead, try a microfiber dust mop for the best results.
Don’t even bother with a broom, until you need to get the dust up at the end.
Starting at the corners of the room, sweep all of the dust, debris, and anything else you might find into a centralized location.
After that, you’ll just need to pick it up with a small broom and dust pan. If you have a low enough threshold, you might want to just sweep it outside but the good part is that the dust and dirt is now gone.
Sweep along the way the boards are laid for the best results. This will allow you to collect all of the dust and dirt from the cracks, as well as the stuff which is sitting on the surface.
If you really want to be thorough, try running a vacuum along the planks afterwards, focusing on the cracks.
If you insist on using a vacuum, thinking it will save you labor, that’s your choice but make sure you pick one that’s right for the task. Most vacuum cleaners are optimized for cleaning carpet, and you’d be surprised at how fast you can handle things with just a dust mop.
Try to find something which has a setting for bare floors. In most cases, this will disable the brush which can cause things to spread around quite rapidly and make vacuuming more of a task than you’d probably like.
Unfortunately, any grime will remain at this point, and that needs to be taken care of. Rather than breaking out the water, let’s get it done cheaply and without doing any damage to our floors.