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How to Clean Your Floors

Updated 16/10/2023

The floors in our homes come in a wide range of materials, colours, patterns, and more. However, do you know how to properly clean each type of flooring in your home? If not, then read on to learn more about how to keep your floors looking beautiful for years!

Cleaning Floors

Each type of flooring is made with different materials that require different cleaning methods. The way your floors are cleaned can mean the difference between preserving them for many years or replacing floors every few years. The methods used to clean floors can have a drastic effect, especially if you’re using the wrong method on a certain flooring.

We’ve put together some tips on how to clean different types of flooring, including carpeting, luxury vinyl tiles, luxury vinyl sheeting, hardwood, and laminate flooring.


Cleaning Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Luxury vinyl tiles are tiles that contain a high percentage of vinyl resin. The higher percentage of vinyl resin is what makes it possible for manufacturers to create flooring in a wide range of patterns, textures, and colours. Tiles can look like hardwood, stone, and more. With high-quality LVT, it’s sometimes hard to tell if the flooring is vinyl or another material, such as wood or stone.

In addition, luxury vinyl tiles come with a protective urethane layer. If the flooring is cleaned with the wrong chemicals, this protective layer can be removed, damaging the tiles. This means the protective layer and the printed pattern or colour can be damaged or removed.
When cleaning luxury vinyl tiles, avoid using high pH, harsh cleaners, bleaches, chlorine- or ammonia-based products, and acid cleaners.

Instead, use pH-neutral cleaners on the floor. These are usually made specifically for luxury vinyl tile flooring. With the right cleaner, the next step is to ensure that you don’t use much water on the tiles. You can use a wrung-out mop, with the cleaner in the water, to clean. When you’ve finished cleaning, it’s best to rinse the flooring and take up as much water as possible. You don’t want to let water sit on luxury vinyl tiles.

The result is a clean, beautiful vinyl tile floor that will last for years!


How to Clean Carpets

There’s no question that carpeting can take a beating in the home. If you have kids, pets, and people wearing shoes in your home, then carpeting can quickly become dingy, dirty, or even stained. Dirty carpeting can look very disgusting!

When it comes to keeping carpets clean, the first step is to vacuum frequently. Vacuuming every few days means dirt and debris don’t stay on the carpet. They don’t have time to be ground in. Cleaning the carpet in this way ensures it lasts much longer.

What happens if the carpet is stained? It’s essential to clean the stain as soon as possible. If the stain has been caused by a liquid and it’s still wet, then blot up the liquid with a clean white cloth or paper towels. Never rub the stain; use a paper towel or paper napkin on the stain.

For solid mud or food stains, use the edge of a knife or a credit card to lift solids off the carpet. Never rub the stain, as this will push it deeper into the carpet fibres.

Once the liquid and dirt are removed, then you use a spray carpet cleaning solution (that’s safe for carpets—check with your carpet company) and spray on the carpet. Follow directions on the packaging. Many such cleaners are left for a few minutes and then vacuumed up.

How to Clean Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are pretty easy to maintain with the proper cleaning and care. So, how do you keep them looking great for years? The best way to clean laminate floors is to carefully mop the floor about once a week. Be sure to use a damp mop, not a mop soaked with water. The key is to keep any liquid from sitting on the floors for a long time, including mop water. Be sure to wring the mop out until it’s almost dry, and then use it on the flooring.

In addition, only use cleaning products that are specifically made for laminate flooring. Avoid oil-based cleansers that can leave streaks or damage the protective seal on the flooring. When using a laminate-safe cleaner, only use a small amount. Apply the cleaner with an almost-dry mop or microfiber cloth. And never use waxes or polishes on laminate flooring.


How to Clean Wood Flooring

Hardwood floors create a beautiful touch to any home and décor. But to keep them looking beautiful, it’s essential to clean wood flooring in the right way. So, how do you clean hardwood floors properly?

The first step is regularly cleaning your hardwood floors, especially in high-traffic areas. These include hallways, entryways, bathrooms, and kitchens. It’s safe to use a vacuum daily on wood floors, and you can mop the floors about once or twice a week to keep them clean.

Just like laminate floors, the key is to keep water from sitting on the hardwood flooring. Water can seep into the wood and cause it to warp, buckle, and more. So, to clean, first, remove all dirt and debris from the wood surface. Next, use a mixture of one gallon of water with a few drops of Castile or dish soap in warm water.

Use the Castile soap & water mixture to mop the floors. Be sure to wring the mop out until it’s almost dry. And quickly wipe up any standing water when you’re done. Avoid scrubbing areas that are especially dirty, as this can damage the wood finish and the flooring.

Avoid using waxes, oils, or polishes to clean wood floors. These can leave an oily residue that can be dangerous if someone walks on it. The surface of the hardwood floor becomes slippery and can cause someone to fall.


Summing It Up

No matter what type of flooring you have in your home, with the right cleaning methods and solutions, you can keep them looking beautiful for many years!

If you are looking to get a new floor, be sure to get in contact with us. Our friendly team are always happy to help!


Can I use a homemade floor cleaner?
Yes, you can make a simple and effective homemade floor cleaner using ingredients like vinegar and water. However, be cautious with homemade solutions, as they may not be suitable for all floor types. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

How often should I clean my floors?
The frequency of floor cleaning depends on factors like foot traffic and your household’s lifestyle. In general, high-traffic areas may need cleaning once a week, while less-used areas can be cleaned less frequently.

What should I do about stubborn stains?
For tough stains, it’s essential to act quickly. Blot the stain with a clean cloth, and avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain. Use an appropriate stain remover for the specific floor type.

Can I use a steam mop on any floor?
Steam mops are suitable for many hard surfaces, but they are not recommended for laminate or some hardwood floors, as excessive moisture can damage them. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Is it safe to use bleach on floors?
Bleach can be effective for disinfecting floors, but it should be used sparingly and diluted with water. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly to prevent damage or discolouration.

How can I prevent scratches on my floors?
To prevent scratches, use furniture pads, area rugs, and doormats to protect high-traffic areas. Regularly trim pets’ nails, and avoid dragging heavy furniture across the floor.

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