When they say "sealed" they are talking about "sealant" . It doesn't refer to how the floor was installed. For example, I live in an old house with original hardwood floors. We sanded the floors to remove imperfections/old finish, and "sealed" it with multiple coats of polyurethane. This "seal" protects the actual hardwood.
Lots of people use the term "laminate" floor kind of generically. People confuse it with engineered flooring, which can look similar, but is very different. I point this out because you really have to know the exact type of flooring you have in order to care for it properly. I absolutely agree with the poster who recommended checking w/your floors manufacturer before attempting to steam mop it.
I pulled this from Pergo's website:Laminate Flooring is Not Real Wood
Put your face right up to laminiate flooring--looks like real wood, doesn't it? Use a magnifying glass. Amazing! That's because laminate flooring is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This surface layer is a photograph of wood grain, not real wood, and is usually covered by a hard transparent layer impervious to dogs, chairs, high heels, you name it. Engineered flooring
It is a product that is made up of multiple layers of wood that is glued together as one board. The top decorative layer is wood. The bottom layer is usually particle board or plywood. It is made with an interlocking tongue and groove system similar to standard strip flooring.
I have Mannington Laminate flooring in my kitchen. I DO use a Haan Steamer to clean it, and have had no problems with it at all, but I am very careful to never let the cleaner rest in one area. I would be afraid the heat would damage it. It gets the floor very clean but because the floor is very dark, it tends to leave slight streaks (I've actually never found anything that doesn't leave slight streaks on this floor). I clean about 1/3 of the floor with the Haan, then I use an old beach towel to kind of buff it real quick, then repeat until floor is done. I also use Haan on my hardwood floors because I am confident that they are well sealed (since we did it ourselves, LOL). I've never had any damage, but again, I make sure i keep the steamer moving.
Edited by magjen at 01/05/2010 7:40 AM PST
Last edited on 1/5/2010