Keeping your floors clean is essential for a healthy and hygienic home. But with so many different types of flooring, it can be difficult to know the best way to clean them. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about cleaning floors, from carpets to wood, tile, linoleum, epoxy, and more. Sweeping or vacuuming is the first step in cleaning any type of floor.
This will remove sand, dust, and other dry debris. To clean the floor further, use a mop or cloth moistened with a floor cleaner or detergent solution. Make sure the mop is damp and not soaked, as excess water can damage the floor and take longer to dry. For tile floors, Gagliardi recommends using a broom or vacuum and a clean cloth.
Wipe up any spills with the cloth and place rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to help prevent dirt from getting trapped in the tiles. For a deep clean, mix 6-7 drops of a mild detergent (dish soap is usually fine) with a gallon of warm or hot water and use this mixture to moisten a mop. Clean the floor in sections and make sure the mop is damp and doesn't leak. Once you have finished cleaning the mop, replace the cleaning solution with cold water and rinse the mop.
Re-scrub the floors with only water to remove any soap residue and use a towel or cleaning cloth to dry clean floors. Flat mops like Swiffers are great for daily cleaning from dust and light dirt but only a good weekly wet clean with a proper cleaning solution and a mop can truly provide the deep cleaning a floor needs. For unsealed floors, use a specialized unsealed floor cleaner or ask your local hardware store for advice. Avoid using vinegar as this can cause wood to swell and warp. For an extra cleaning step, scrub the entire floor one last time with nothing but cool, warm water to rinse. When it comes to pet-related stains, use the right type of product for your type of flooring.
As you would if you were painting a floor, start cleaning a corner of the room and return to an exit to avoid stepping on the area you just cleaned. Finally, read labels before cleaning your floors and be careful when cleaning hardwood floors. Immerse the mop in the cleaning solution so that it is submerged to the top of the head and squeeze out every last drop before storing it away.