It is not unusual to find yourself at a loss how to clean certain types of floor. Fortunately, there are easy tricks to use in getting dirt and stains off all imaginable types of floor, including porcelain, cork, linoleum, vinyl, laminate, hardwood, natural stone, and bamboo floors.
You do not have to hurt your knees and scrub endless to clean your house spotlessly. Below are a few tips on how to keep your floor clean regardless of the material it is made of.
How to Clean a Porcelain Floor
To keep a tile floor looking bright, clean weekly using Reichert’s spritz-and-dry method.
To warm water in a 16-ounce spray bottle, add ¼ cup of vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Spray the mixture to one section of the floor at a time. Then wipe with a damp mop of microfiber as you go.
Use a steam cleaner to deep clean both the tiles and gout periodically. The steam will not only remove stains but also kill bacteria.
How to Clean a Cork Floor
Cork is a natural beautiful material that is porous in nature. Though most cork floors are sealed, the material is absorbent enough to take in damaging levels of fluid.
The best way to clean the cork floor is to use a vacuum cleaner in order to avoid scratches. Any accidental spills should be wiped immediately.
Then once a week, wash the floor using a solution of vinegar and soap water. Simply mix in spray bottle warm water, ¼ cup vinegar, and a drop of dish soap. Spray one section of the floor at a time, and wipe with a damp microfiber mop.
The acidic spray will break down the dirt disinfect the floor by cutting through the build-up. This leaves your floor sparkling.
How to Clean a Linoleum Floor
Linoleum is a tough natural made of cork dust, resin, linseed oil, limestone, and wood fiber. Then it is colored with mineral pigments. It is as delicate as cork.
Use a spray bottle to mix hot water with a few drops of dish soap. Then deal with every section of the floor at a time, spray the mixture, wipe with a damp mop made out of microfiber and let it quickly air-dry.
If the cleaned surface still feels sticky to touch, wipe again with another damp microfiber mop or a cloth.
It is an easy process and repeat it the third time if you need until your floor is spotlessly clean
How to Clean a Vinyl Floor
You can keep the floor fresh by cleaning weekly using Reichert’s spritz-and-dry mop method.
To warm water in a 16-ounce spray bottle, add ¼ cup vinegar and one drop dish soap. Spray the mixture to one section of the floor at a time and wipe with a damp microfiber mop.
Periodically, you can deep-clean both the tiles and gout with a steam cleaner. The steam will not only get rid of the stains but also kill bacteria.
How to Clean a Laminate Floor
Laminate floorings require a lot of care although they may appear like hardwood planks or natural stone tile.
According to North American Laminate Flooring Association’s president, Bill Dearing, a laminate floor is durable and is not easily harmed.
It retains a new look for years because of the sun-and-light resistant layers used in their construction. Its worst enemy is moisture; therefore water should be prevented from getting underneath these planks.
You can do this by either using a vacuum cleaner, or dry-mopping to clean. Nevertheless, you can wipe the planks with a slightly dump mop when necessary.
However, avoid polishing the laminate floor, as this would damage the finishing on the planks.
How to Clean a Hardwood Floor
Hardwood floors are finished off with either wax or polyurethane to protect them from damage by water or stains.
Prepare a cleaning mixture in a bucket of water with a ¼ cup of mild soap. The mixture should be of pH-neutral; not acidic or basic.
Clean the floor with a damp mop. Then wipe with a dry microfiber cloth to eliminate excess moisture from the hardwood.
Clean more frequently visited areas like the kitchen weekly, and other less frequented areas once a month.
Avoid water on waxed wood floors since they get easily damaged. Instead, insist on regular vacuuming, dust mopping, and sweeping.
How to Clean a Natural Stone Floor
Minerals in natural stone easily react with acidic cleaners like vinegar. Ammonia and bleach also damage stone floors, thus mist be avoided all the time.
To clean a stone floor, use a pH-neutral solution that will not react negatively with the minerals in natural stone.
Use a microfiber mop and hot water for normal cleaning, and a steam cleaner to remove stubborn dirt from the stone floor.
These simple steps will leave your stone floor spotlessly clean.
How to Clean a Bamboo Floor
Bamboo is attractive but softer than hardwood. This floor can get scratches and nicks more easily than hardwood. Therefore, more care is needed when cleaning bamboo floors if you want to maintain that perfect look of bamboo.
It is a delicate surface to wash and a single mistake can ruin the beauty.
However, the same cleaning solution can be used on bamboo floors as used in hardwood floors. Mix in a bucket of water ¼ cup of mild or pH-neutral soap.
Clean the bamboo floor with a very slightly damp mop and wipe excess moisture with a dry microfiber cloth. Leaving water and a lot of moist on this floor can wreck it.
All types of floor materials can be effectively cleaned without damage by following the steps given above. You house requires deep periodic cleaning. Every type floor can be washed and all stains removed and you no reason to live in a dirty, stained house because you cannot use plenty of water and soap. Use easy and quick cleaning steps and you general cleaning will not feel like a workout.