The Ultimate Floor Cleaning Guide!

Have you ever thought about what part of your home suffers the most wear and tear? Your first instinct might be to say the bed or sofas or kitchen countertops. But if you think a little bit harder, it’s actually your floors. We literally walk all over them! Since the floors in our homes take the most abuse, it’s really important that we take proper care in maintaining them in order to get the most out of them. Just to make things a little more challenging, different types of floors (hardwood, tile, etc) require different methods of cleaning. But never fear! No matter what type of flooring you have in your home, here’s how to get them spotless, sanitized, and sparkling.

Tile

Tile flooring is a really sleek and beautiful way to tie together a kitchen or bathroom. But they can be really difficult to maintain. When cleaning your tile floors, you need to be sure to clean the grout; that’s the adhesive stuff in between each individual tile. There are also many different kinds of tile you might be dealing with: stone, ceramic, or porcelain, just to name a few. Let me tell you the easiest ways to clean the different types of tile floors.

Ceramic/Porcelain

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the easiest to maintain. These types of tile don’t scratch very easily and they can be cleaned with almost any kind of solution without losing their shine. But they do need to be scrubbed to protect your family from the kinds of germs and bacteria that they hide.

Microfiber dusters are great for everyday surface cleaning to pick up dust or pet hair. For deeper cleaning, microfiber mops are the preferable option as they won’t grind dirt into your tile and can get into most hard to reach corners unlike string mops. These tops of mops also work best when not saturated in cleaning solutions, which will save you money on cleaning supplies and save you time waiting for your floors to dry

Marble/Stone

Marble and stone tiles are some the most beautiful floors to have in a home, but they can scratch very easily and are difficult to clean. You should never use anything rough or abrasive to clean these types of tile; soft bristle brooms or vacuums designed for tile cleaning are the best option.

To wash your stone tile, you can’t just use any sort of cleaner. It is really important that you ensure the cleaning solution you use has a neutral pH balance. This will keep you tiles from getting etched or scratching.

Don’t Forget Your Grout

When cleaning tile floors, people often overlook the grout that’s in between the tiles. If they do remember, then they likely use a solution that is too acidic, causing the grout to wear out. Many companies now make cleaning solutions specifically for grout. It is best to use these kinds of solutions with a soft bristled brush to keep from damaging the tiles.

Steam cleaning is also a great option for cleaning any type of tile without forgetting about the grout. The hot water that create the steam will sanitize your tiles while also leaving them looking shiny and new.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring is a great option if you want the look of hardwood floors without the cost and maintenance. But just because it’s easier to maintain, doesn’t mean you can skimp on regular cleaning. Many people also don’t know how to properly clean their laminate, and can end up damaging it.

You should run a vacuum cleaner over your laminate floor regularly. I would suggest 2-3 times a week, depending on how messy your living situation is (i.e. pets, kids, dusty environment). If you have a rotating brush setting on your vacuum, be sure to turn it off to protect your laminate from getting scratched.

For deep cleaning, you should run a damp mop over your floors once a month. If your room is prone to more dirt and grim, then you may need to do this more often. It is really important that you don’t saturate your laminate floor. Water underneath the floor can cause bubbling in the laminate. You’ll also want to skip using any sort of abrasive cleaning tools as this will only scratch your floors and damage the protective finish on top the laminate. Check out this article to know more about Laminate floor cleaning.

Hardwood

If you’re fortunate enough to have beautiful hardwood floors in your home, then you’re probably already aware of what a pain they are to keep clean. Wood flooring needs to be cleaned regularly in order to keep the wood from becoming damaged. So, you must should know how to clean hardwood floor with the best mop/cleaner.

Cleaning experts recommend giving your hardwood floors a quick clean as often as a few times a week in order to keep on top of the cleanliness. It is also important to use the right kinds of cleaning tools on your hardwood. Microfiber dust mops are the best option to for removing abrasive particles without scratching the surface of the wood floors. Microfiber mop pads are also a great eco friendly choice as they are washable and reusable, unlike disposable pads.

If you’re looking for a deeper clean on your floors, the best and most natural way is to mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of warm water. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar handy, you can substitute half a cup of white vinegar. This isn’t going to smell as nice as the apple cider, in fact, it won’t smell nice at all. To help mask the scent, you can just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

It’s best to dust your floors to remove dust and dirt particles before cleaning with the vinegar solution. This ensures your floors actually get cleaned, instead of smearing wet dust and streaking your floors.

A great bonus of using the natural vinegar solution is that it is safe for all people and pets in your home. It also prevents any sort of dingy film from developing on top of your wood floor surface, like other chemical solutions can cause.