A Clean Bill of Health
Many homes have more than one flooring type with some tiled rooms, some rooms with hardwood and some carpeted rooms. It would be a mistake to think that you can use the same cleaning method to keep all your floors clean. You wouldn’t feed your cat, hamster and dog the same food, would you?
Here are some tips for keeping ALL your floors clean.
Sealed hardwood floors are already protected from potential water damage, but it’s still important to limit the water that comes in contact with them. Try mopping with a damp mop and using a liquid floor cleaner.
Waxed floors are more susceptible to water damage, so it’s best just to use a broom or a dry mop.
- SPC or Vinyl
It’s important not to let water seep beneath your vinyl flooring, so a dry method of cleaning is best. Using a vacuum is the most effective way to keep these floors clean, just make sure to use a floor attachment instead of a beater bar. This will be the best way to give your floors a deep cleaning without damaging them. If any liquid spills on the floor, make sure to wipe up immediately, leaving the area dry. A damp cloth may be used for those harder spots, but make sure to dry thoroughly afterwards. It is not recommended to use a steam cleaner, cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish, or any sort of scouring pad to clean these floors.
A good ol’ vacuum cleaner works best here, but did you know they also work on your hardwoods? Just make sure to turn off the brush roll to prevent scratching them.
- Cork or Linoleum
Both of these flooring types need a little more TLC to remain intact. The best way to keep these versatile flooring options clean is to use a spray bottle with hot water and dish soap and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.
- Natural Stone
Stone can absorb chemicals and can be subsequently damaged when they come in contact with harsh cleansers. Make sure to use a pH-neutral cleaner or just a microfiber cloth and hot water.
Make sure to sweep and vacuum your tile floors regularly to keep them clean. For a more rigorous clean, use a mild detergent with a sponge mop to get in all the grooves.
Well, there you go. Now guests will really be able to eat off your floors!