Cleaning protocol for your floors
Friday, November 23, 2018
Cleaning the floor is not as simple as it sounds. It does not only require a bucket of water and a rag. Not knowing what floor requires what kind of treatment can lead to ruined flooring, which may then require costly repairs or replacements. If you are planning to clean your floor, keep these points in mind before you start cleaning.
Knowing Your Floor
The first step to cleaning your floor is knowing what type of flooring you have. Some of the top flooring types found at home includes vinyl flooring, linoleum flooring, laminate flooring, wood flooring, tile flooring, and carpeted flooring.
Manual vs. Mechanical Cleaning
Floor cleaning tools range from manual to automated. The basic cleaning materials include a broom, dustpan, a bucket, a mop or rag, and a sponge. Newer floor cleaning tools include a vacuum, steam cleaner, buffer or polisher.
Some floors can be best cleaned using manual methods, others via mechanical methods. However, some need to be cleaned using both methods. What method should be used for what flooring?
- Manual cleaning—laminate and linoleum floors benefit the most from this method. They can be easily scratched, which is why mechanical methods should be avoided.
- Mechanical cleaning— tile and vinyl flooring can be cleaned using manual methods, but mechanical methods are more efficient.
- Combined cleaning— wood and carpet flooring are cleaned best with this approach.
It is essential to know what cleaning chemicals can be used on what floor.
For vinyl floors that are covered with grease or stains, dish soap and warm water are the best remedies. For a deeper cleansing for this type of floor, opt for bleach or steam.
For linoleum floors, hot water and mild soap work best. Use this mixture after you vacuum/sweep the floor and immediately wipe it with a dry cloth.
For laminated floors, regularly sweep and vacuum the area. Use a dry mop to retain the shine. Do not use surfactants as they will ruin the floor.
For wood floors, the choice of cleaning depends on the finishing. For waxed wood, use dry mopping, buffing, sweeping and vacuuming. For polyurethane-sealed wood, opt for wet mopping with very little detergent and wipe it off immediately with a dry cloth.
For tiled floors, any chemical can be used. The floor can also benefit from steam cleaning and buffing.
For carpeted floors, use a laundry detergent or baking soda and warm water to remove stains. The floor can also benefit from steaming and vacuuming.
Do Not Overlook Small Problems
Always keep an eye out for damaged flooring. Instead of ignoring the problem, always replace or repair it before the problem spreads, especially if your floors are laminated, tiled or stone.
Giving the right care to your floors is what makes them durable. If you are still confused about maintaining your floor or are considering replacing them, contact us today with your questions!
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