Have you ever wondered if you are giving your floor enough love and attention?
Imagine all the dirt sitting on your skin for days till they start to feel itchy, causing you and others around you to sneeze at infinite speed per second, spending days with stuffy and runny nose, stomach cramps due to consuming food with unhygienic hands, not liking your own body and stinking finally because you haven’t taken a hot water bubble bath in so long?
That’s how your floor feels when you don’t pay attention to it and mop it regularly. Moreover, you’re on your feet, moving around on that floor all day with so many germs floating around and that could easily get you dust allergies and bacterial diseases! So, just like you cleanse yourself daily with a nice, warm shower, your floor needs the hot water bubble bath as well so that it can feel rejuvenating, polished and keep you safe from all the diseases.
The wrong kind of love is detrimental:
When you mop your floor, the wrong kind of mopping techniques can run the risk of damaging your floor. You use the wrong cleaning solution and it destroys the topcoat finish on the flooring. Use an acidic cleaning agent and do permanent damage to your floors. So knowing what’s the right kind of mopping technique is important if you want your floor to have a longer and healthier life expectancy.
Understand your flooring type :
Floors can be of different types and structures. Some common names are :
- Ceramic or porcelain tile
- Hardwood and bamboo
By different types, it means that each of them are structured in it’s own ways that differs from others. For example, hardwood flooring is constructed of planks made from a single piece of wood while all ceramic tiles are created from natural products extracted from the earth and shaped into tiles. Since they’re constructed and shaped distinctly, they need to be mopped differently as well.
So have you figured out your flooring type yet?
Let’s get familiar with some common mopping techniques.
- Dust mops : They work like a broom. You can use them on any type of floor as they only sweep away dust, dirt and minor spills. They are undoubtedly good for every day cleaning but absolutely inefficient in deep cleaning.
- Wet mops : They are pretty effective in deep cleaning. They usually have a microfiber cleaning material that can easily pick up dirt and dust particles from the floor.
- Spray mops : It is as convenient to use as a dust mop along with the power of a wet mop. They come with a built-in bottle that can be filled with the perfect and suitable cleaning agent for your floor.
- Steam mops : Finally the steam mops that harness the power of steam and heat to sanitise your floor while soaking up dust particles. They work very quickly and efficiently while taking very less preparation time!
How do you know what’s the suitable cleaning technique for your floor?
When choosing the right cleaning agent, regardless of your flooring type, always pick the one that is SUSTAINABLE, PET-FRIENDLY and AFFORDABLE and gives your floor the squeaky clean!
Let’s find out what different cleaning agents are available for your type of flooring.
- Cleaning a hardwood floor : Engineered hardwood flooring consists of several wood or plywood layers and the plans are produced from single pieces of wood. So, to clean them, simply mix a ph-neutral soap or vinegar with lukewarm water in a bucket, grab a microfiber mop that makes quick work of the chore or a sponge and saturate it in the water, wring it almost dry and start mopping small sections at a time. If you want to use a cleaning agent, pick a product that is specifically made for cleaning wood floors. But to avoid harsh chemicals if you have kids and pets,, try the natural route with a homemade cleaning solution. Dust mops, wet mops with buff dry and spray mops are convenient for hardwood flooring.
- Ceramic tile: This type of flooring has an entirely different technique than wood as tiles are made from products extracted from earth. You need to mix a mild detergent with hot water and apply with a microfiber mop or a tile & grout cleaning machine instead of a sponge, as a sponge mop can push dirty water into the grout and soil it. So DO NOT ever use a sponge mop for tiles. You can also mix lemon juice or vinegar with hot water as a cleaning agent, apply it to the floor and then buff dry with a clean cloth. Don’t forget to clean the grout using a small scrub brush and then continue mopping. For more effective results, you can switch to steam mops. But remember they are only for tiles and not all hardwood flooring. For more details read my another article: how to clean ceramic tile floor?
- Laminate : DO NOT USE WET MOPS OR STEAM MOPS if your flooring is laminated. It is not 100% wood but rather an imitation of real wood so they cannot be compared with solid hardwood which is made from actual wood. Laminate flooring does not repair easily so for this, regular sweeping and dry mopping is all that’s necessary for maintenance of laminate flooring. This following article will provide you more guidelines: How to clean Laminate floor professionally?
- Carpeted Floor : Carpets can be mopped in two ways. With and without a carpet cleaning machine.
Without a machine-
Step 1. Vacuum the entire area you wish to clean to get rid of dirt and dust
Step 2. Get a bucket of warm water and mix a cleaning agent suitable for your carpet or soap water
Step 3. Get an old brush, a toothbrush to gently scrub the carpet with warm water. DO NOT COMPLETELY WET THE FLOOR as the carpet can get damaged.
Step 4. Turn on your fans and open the window to allow the carpet to dry.
And lastly, Step 5. Once it is dried, vacuum again.
- With a machine(preferably steam mops)- HEADS UP! Steam mops can distort and cause permanent damage to your carpeted floor as well as Hardwood & laminate floor when exposed to high temperatures so you have to be very careful. Start with vacuuming the carpeted floor and then switch to a steam mop. Get the right steam mop from a store that’s easy to use. Add water to your steam mop and start cleaning in straight lines, do all the corners. When you’re done, let it dry before you step your foot on it. Be careful about the right temperature as exposure to high temperatures can lead to distortion of your carpet.
Are you going to take care of your floor now?
We all know how daunting it can be to be able to mop your floor regularly but know that you spend a huge portion of your day in your house so make it the most comfortable place by taking care of it and by mopping it regularly, using the right techniques!