If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry. We have the easiest and safest ways for you to keep your floors – no matter what kind they might be – looking spotless and new.
For cleaning natural stone flooring you should avoid using any acidic floor cleaners or even vinegar. Instead, try using a drop of washing up liquid with hot water in bucket and then damp mop. Remember natural stone is porous, acidic and therefore, if you used chemicals they would damage the minerals in the stone.
Found in both kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl floors are quite popular and very easy to clean. A weekly cleaning is suggested using a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Every so often, try steaming your vinyl floors for a deeper clean.
Linoleum is made from linseed oil, resin, limestone, wood fibre and cork and coloured using mineral pigments and therefore it should be treated carefully and to clean it try mixing up a diluted solution of washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle and spray on a section of the floor as you move around the room and then wipe with a damp microfiber mop.
Although laminate flooring is relatively hard wearing, you still need to be careful how your treat it so that it maintains its like-new appearance. That being said, you should never put liquid or polish on laminate floors; the moisture will get under the boards and ruin the laminate. Instead, dry mop and vacuum regularly and only use a slightly damp cloth for spot treatments.
Hardwood flooring is much more hygienic and easier to clean generally. However, it is important to note how your hardwood floor has been finished. They are either sealed using a wax treatment, or using a polyurethane derivative.
For Wax finishes and untreated wood (hardwood with no coating on it), should not be washed. But you’re not entirely off the hook – you should sweep, dust mop, or vacuum regularly, just like laminate floors.
For polyurethane finishes, use a very mild ph neutral detergent; mop the floor using a damp head. It is important not to use too much water with the mop and better still, use a microfibre cloth to mop up any residue moisture.
Clean once a week with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle. Make sure not to shake the mixture. Spritz and wipe with a microfiber cloth as you go.
To clean Tiles Simply mix 1/4 cup vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water to spritz on your tile surface, wiping down with a microfiber mop or cloth. For an occasional deep-clean, make sure to steam the tiles and grout!
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