A little upkeep goes a long way towards keeping your flooring clean. This is particularly valid if your house is occupied by children, pets, or both. While cleaning techniques differ depending on the kind of floor, there are certain basic guidelines to go by. Here’s how to maintain pristine floors, whether they are hardwood, laminate, or natural stone.
Vacuum and sweep regularly
Yes, thoroughly cleaning your floors every few weeks is an excellent idea. However, daily and weekly floor maintenance practices can be much more important. It’s critical to remove dirt before it begins to build up. Cleaning up dust and debris improves the appearance of your flooring and is beneficial to your health as well.
Maintain a consistent sweeping routine, particularly while you’re cooking. (Over time, stains and other damage can result from food particles and other debris building up.) At minimum once a week, hoover hard surfaces (hardwood, laminate, tile, etc.); for rugs and carpets, hoover twice a week.
The ideal frequency of cleaning your floors would vary depending on the materials used for construction. In other words, different flooring materials such as laminate, wood, and different carpet fibers would require different cleaning frequencies.
How should I clean hardwood flooring?
Using the proper equipment and cleaning solutions is the best method to clean hardwood floors without damaging the surface.
Any floor cleaning regimen must include mopping, but if you’re not doing it correctly, you can be doing more damage than good. No matter the floor type, don’t use too much soap—a few teaspoons per pail of water is all you need. Avoid over-wetting your mop as this can cause warping. Additionally, replace the water often to prevent leaving a dirty aftereffect.
These are some common floor kinds and how to clean them:
Consider using a steam mop or microfiber mop made specifically for wood floors in place of a bucket of water. Make sure the mop you are using is just little moist, not drenched. Use of strong detergents or homemade vinegar cleaning solutions is not advised.
Wood floors can be cleaned using a steam mop. When using a steam mop, a homeowner should be mindful of two key factors: whether the wood floors are sealed and how much steam is released by the mop, according to Biddle. The wood floor can warp or deteriorate and stain if it isn’t sealed and too much steam is injected.
The ideal cleaning tool for laminate flooring is a moist microfiber mop. It can be used with a detergent solution or a floor cleaner.
Use a mild detergent to mop. A steam mop can cause bubbles or warps in your flooring, so avoid using one.
Do not over wet your mop. Avoid anything that has polish or oil in it and instead use dish soap and water. Never mop your laminate flooring with abrasive equipment. With only a few minutes of effort, you can make your laminate flooring sparkle.
Use a chamois mop or cloth to keep your tile floors clean rather than a sponge mop. (A sponge mop will drive debris into the grout.) The best solution is a solution of dish soap or all-purpose cleanser and water.
Make sure your stone flooring is covered with a resin sealer to avoid discoloration. Mop sealed stone floors using a pH-neutral cleaner. For unsealed stone flooring, use hot water and a microfiber mop. A steam cleaner works nicely for stains.
Always try to keep dirt outdoors
One of the finest things you can do to keep your floors clean is to keep the dirt out. Place a doormat at every entry, if feasible, to encourage visitors to wipe off their shoes. Enforcing a rigid “indoor shoes” policy can save you some considerable time and pain.
Use the right cleaning solution to remove stains
Liquids can harm some kinds of flooring, so be careful to mop up spills as soon as they occur. On top of that, only use cleaning chemicals and spot treatments that are suited for your flooring. If you’re dealing with deeply ingrained filth and tenacious stains, it’s always worth contacting a floor cleaning specialist in your region. Here are some fundamental guidelines to follow for each kind of flooring when spills and stains occur:
- Carpeting: Never use stain-removing laundry products—only carpet cleaners will do.
- Tile: Try using a steam cleaner or a combination of baking soda and vinegar to remove difficult stains.
- Stone: Use a pH-neutral floor cleanser for spots or try steam cleaning.
- Linoleum: Depending on the stain, baking soda or rubbing alcohol can erase discoloration.
- Hardwood: A moderate, pH-neutral soap combined with water is preferable; anything too acidic can degrade your flooring.
- Laminate: Soap-based detergents are a no-no, but laminate stain removers and vinegar-based treatments are permitted.
- Vinyl: For stains caused by acidic materials, baking soda and water work amazingly well; for really stubborn stains, rubbing alcohol works best.
Groom your pets properly
While it’s true that we all like our dogs, they’re not the cleanest family members. Brush your pet every day to prevent hair accumulation, and make sure their nails are clipped and tidy. So that you can wipe your dog’s paws after a stroll, stash a towel near the rear entrance. Additionally, always wipe up spills right away.
Avoid stains and excessive wear
While maintaining clean floors is important, it’s best to avoid grime, stains, and scratches in the first place. In addition to routine upkeep, cover your flooring in high-traffic areas with rugs and mats. Additionally, you can put trays underneath potted plants and felt padding beneath furniture. Additionally, if you move furniture, you should always use a furniture slider.