If you’re looking for a simple and safe way to clean your floors and keep them looking new, then you’ve come to the right place. Regardless of whether your floors are tiles, carpeted or laminated, you won’t need to work up as much of a sweat as you may have thought.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning
Hardwood floors have either a wax or polyurethane finish. To check what you have all you need to do is rub your finger along it, if this causes a smudge then the chances are your floor is waxed. To clean a hardwood floor its best to make your own cleaning solution. You can do this by mixing water with 1/4 of a cup of mild soap. Make sure that the mop is damp and if there is any excess water, use a microfibre cloth to wipe it up. You need to clean low use areas around once a month. For more used areas, you’ll need to clean these floors every week. If your floors are waxed then you need to avoid using water to clean them as they can be damaged this way. The best thing to do is to vacuum, sweep or use a dust mop on them.
Laminate Floor Cleaning
Although laminate flooring can look like stone or hardwood, it needs to be looked after as laminate. Laminate floors are made to be light and sun resistant and therefore the good news is laminate floors are easy to look after and can look new for years. What you do need to be mindful of is water and avoid getting it underneath the flooring. It is recommended that you vacuum and dry mop laminate flooring. When vacuuming you need to have the vacuum on tile mode. If ever needed spot clean or only use a mop that’s slightly damp to remove stubborn stains. Another piece of advice is to avoid polishing laminate flooring and if a plank becomes damaged, the best option is to replace the plank.
Bamboo Floor Cleaning
Compared to hardwood floors, bamboo is a softer material. The most durable from of bamboo is strand bamboo. In general, you need to be extra careful with bamboo flooring. You can use a tennis ball to rub out any scuffs. If you need to clean bamboo flooring with a solution then it’s recommended that you make a solution similar to that use on hardwood floors i.e. a bucket of water and ¼ cup of mild soap. Use a mop that’s not very damp and once again use a microfibre cloth if there is any excess water.
Cork Floor Cleaning
Cork is a porous material. Although this is what makes cork so special, it’s also its downfall as its more prone to water damage. Its recommended that cork floors are vacuumed regularly and any spills need to cleaned straightaway. Every week, cork floors needed cleaning and instead of using a shop bought product, you could create your own cleaning solution which can be made from warm water, ¼ of a cup of vinegar and a small amount of washing up liquid. As vinegar is acidic, it works well with the washing up liquid to disinfect and remove dirt. Try and avoid shaking the solution once you have made it, it’s best to just combine the ingredients into a bottle and gentle move it around. Use a mop made of microfibres to clean a cork floor.
Linoleum Floor Cleaning
Linoleum is made from a combination of wood fibre, linseed oil, limestone, cork dust, resin. As it’s a natural type of flooring you need to clean it the same way that you would clean a cork floor. Combine together hot water and washing up liquid. Spray this onto the floor and use a microfibre mop which is slightly damp to clean.
Natural Stone Floor Cleaning
It’s important to avoid using anything acidic on stone floors. Acidic items such as vinegar and also items such as ammonia and bleach can also damage a natural stone floor. If your floor is sealed then you need to use a cleaner which is PH neutral. If your floor is unsealed then mop the floor with hot water and use a microfibre mop. Avoid using any chemicals as these can absorb into the stone. If you have any stubborn stains then you will need to use a steam cleaner.
Vinyl Floor Cleaning
If you have vinyl flooring then you will already know it is low maintenance. That said there are still some things that you need to follow when it comes to cleaning your vinyl flooring. Use bicarbonate of soda as it’s great for cleaning stains, whilst being gentle at the same time. You do need to avoid using any abrasive scourers on vinyl floors.
Before you start any cleaning, you need to vacuum your carpets first. Whether you’ve decided to go all out and use commercial carpet vacuum cleaners or just your usual vacuum, you need to make sure that you have removed any hair, dirt and dust. Next use a stain remover to tackle any obvious stains. You could hire a carpet cleaning company or machine if you need a deep clean. If you just need to freshen your carpet up then consider deodorising your carpet. These can be bought as a foam or a spray.
Porcelain Tile Floor Cleaning
In order to keep your tiles looking clean, each week you need to use a cleaning solution which you can make yourself. In a spray bottle, combine together warm water, ¼ cup of vinegar and a small amount of washing up liquid. Use a damp microfibre cloth to clean the floor. One again you may need a steam mop to clean more stubborn stains and also to clean any grouting.
Follow our guide on how to clean your floor and we are sure that you will have a well maintained and new looking floor that you can enjoy for years to come.