One of the surfaces at home that gets dirty the quickest is the floor, especially the high traffic areas. It can be quite a challenge to maintain clean floors all the time. What’s required is an effective cleaning solution and working technique. Of course you need time and effort which is usually possible only at weekends. Before you start cleaning you need to consider the type of floor and make sure you have the right cleaning product at hand. You can clean all surfaces and materials the same way. Let’s take a look at how you should be cleaning different types of flooring.
Cleaning Different Types of Flooring
Tiles and Carpets.
This is one of the most popular flooring types which requires two methods – vacuuming for the carpet and vacuuming and mopping for the tiles. It’s essential to vacuum the carpets as often as possible, otherwise the dust, dirt and grease will go deeper into the carpet’s fibers, thus causing nasty stains or even smell. It’s hard to clean a carpet that is already ruined and full of dirt on the deepest level. It’s best to use an upright vacuum cleaner with revolving brushes – they can reach the embedded dirt. Once a year invest in professional steam cleaning services, but always consider the type of carpet before you start.
If there are grease or wine stains on the carpet, you can treat them by sprinkling some baking soda on them. Leave it like that until the wine is fully absorbed and don’t rub the area or you will spread the stain even further. After a few hours vacuum the residue. Baking soda is always a great deodorizer for carpets.
If you have a good quality floor covering, you need to maintain it well and regularly. Use a cylinder type of vacuum cleaner that doesn’t have brushes. This way you won’t damage the fibers. Most of these floorings are sold along with a stain inhibitor which prolongs their life and prevents dirt. Avoid using carpet shampoo or the flooring might shrink. If you don’t want to risk cleaning the wrong way, hire a professional cleaning company – they will use dry-cleaning system which is preferable.
Wooden floors have to be swept or vacuum cleaned regularly. Mop them once a week using a cleaner for wood. Don’t saturate the floors too much as this can damage them. Use white spirit to clean dirty stains and wax polish to give the boards some shine. You can remove scuff marks by rubbing with a pencil eraser gently. Sprinkle some lemon oil on the boards and wipe with a dry cloth to bring out the color of the wood.
One of today’s most popular types of flooring, laminate, needs regular vacuuming. Try not to soak it with water, instead use a damp cloth. If there is a spill on the floor, wipe it off with a paper towel. If the stain’s persistent, use acetone.
If the stone hadn’t been treated before it left the factory, it will stain easily. If it’s sealed, you can clean with water and a mild detergent.
Use a solution of water and a mild detergent to damp mop the tiles. Always dry with a soft cloth to prevent streaks. Avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners. For limestone, flagstone and slate use an all-purpose cleaner or clear water mixed with fabric softener. The mop shouldn’t drip water when you are cleaning.