Since not all floors are made equal, it is essential to know how to clean your specific floor-type. Each type of floor has its own unique traits and cleaning requirements for maintenance. Here are the easiest and safest ways to keep your floors looking spotless and new.
Natural Stone Floors
Clean your Natural Stone Floors with Neutral pH All-Purpose Cleaner or Neutral pH Dish Soap. Rotating Microfiber mop handle with Microfiber Towels or Wet mop is the best way to clean them. You can also use Vacuum with rotation brush. Do not use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone, travertine as these will ruin its appearance. Also, you must avoid using ammonia-based cleaners as it will dull the surface.
Weekly cleaning is suggested using a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar in a 16- ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. It is best to wipe it clean using microfiber cloth or mop. For deeper clean, you can steam your vinyl floors. It will get rid of stains and bacteria on your tiles and grout, and give you an assurance that your area is thoroughly cleaned.
Since linoleum floors are more delicate, it has to be cleaned with a little extra care. Use a few drops of dish soap intro spray bottle with hot water. Use the mixture to spritz down the surface and use microfiber cloth or mop to dry the floor. If still feel sticky to touch, give it one more wipe.
Clean your cork floors once a week with ¼ cup of vinegar combined with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Do not shake the mixture as it will cause suds. Spritz and wipe with a microfiber cloth as you go. Vacuum often and clean up spills immediately to keep up the clean.
Laminate is made to be sun-resistant and light-resistant to maintain a like-new appearance for a very long time. That being said, you should never put liquid or polish on laminate floors; the moisture will get under the boards and ruin the laminate. To clean, simply use dry mop and vacuum them regularly and only use a slightly damp cloth for spot treatment.
Use a dust mop or vacuum to remove dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris that could scratch the floor. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment as it could damage the floor surface. You can also use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine. Let two teabags steep in the boiling water for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth merely needs to be damp, not soaked. This will enable the floor to dry quickly. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen. You can also use a vinegar solution which some floor experts will say to stay clear of – vinegar may dull the shine of your floor over time, but this solution is a good thing to whip up and use in a hurry, or if you have no pH-neutral soap on hand. Mix some white vinegar and dishwasher soap in a wringer bucket with warm water. Use a microfiber mop to clean the surface and a microfiber cloth to dry.
Simply mix ¼ 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.
For a simple spot cleaner – mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda until you form a thick paste. Dilute this mixture with warm water until mixture becomes a thin liquid and scrub it into the stain with an old toothbrush or sponge.
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