Floors are probably the one surface that pick up more dirt than anywhere else. In our homes especially, we have to ensure that our floors are cleaned regularly and thoroughly, however some floor surfaces are different to others, and so they may differ in the way that they should be clean and what works best. For example, you could compare solid hardwood flooring to vinyl flooring, or marble flooring to ceramic flooring. Each of these are designed using different materials, and dirt may be more visible on some than others, or certain types of flooring may be more susceptible to picking up dirt.
Cleaning your floors properly can be time consuming and difficult, so we thought we’d suggest a few tips on how to keep it well-maintained.
Some cleaning products can be harmful to your floor depending on the delicacy and coating of the surface. Your floors need to be treated with care at all times. What you don’t want to do is use a harmful product that is going to cause noticeable damage and leave you in a position where you need some of your floor replacing or covering, which is why there are products designed in particular to prevent this risk.
You can get cleaning products that are specific to whatever you are cleaning. For example, if you have wooden floors, you can purchase products directly targeted at these areas to ensure that it is the correct treatment for it. This is great if you have any type of wooden flooring, as this surface can be quite prone to risk of damage if the product is too strong or not compatible with it. Neutral floor cleaners are designed to allow you to clean your floor without causing any sort of harm or impact.
When it comes to tiled flooring, like ceramic for example, cleaning can be a little more tricky. When cleaning this type of flooring, we advise against using a mop, as quite often this doesn’t get rid of the dirt but instead pushes it into the grout. The grout is much harder to get to and clean out, so if your dirt gets pushed around and stuck in there, you will still have the same problem and the dirt may even be more visible if it is all gathered together.
Having said that, if you are in a position where this does happen, there are ways that you can clean the grout. Baking soda and water is probably the best formula to clean grout as it is not harmful to your flooring and is compatible with all types, whereas some other mixtures can cause damage or discolouration to certain types of flooring such as natural stone. To clean it out, fill/cover the grout lines with this paste and this will help erase any dirt that has gotten trapped in there.
On some surfaces, such as laminate flooring, spilt liquids can cause damage if they are not cleaned up straight away. This is because they can soak into the floor and seep through underneath the floorboards. Regardless of what type of flooring you have, we would always recommend avoiding it getting too wet, and that whenever you spill something, you mop it up straight away. If you have a more sensitive type of flooring that shouldn’t really get too wet, like laminate flooring, you can use a dry mop or microfibre mop to keep this to a minimum.
Every type of flooring is different, and made with different materials or have different layers and surfaces. Because of this, they all react in differently to things and may not be compatible with the same cleaning products. Knowing about your floor before you buy products and start cleaning could prevent you from causing any damage. Take vinyl flooring as an example – is the surface of yours waxed or unwaxed? Knowing things like this will really help to ensure that you are treating it with care and that it’s not going to react badly to the products that you use. Furthermore, stains, marks or dirt may require different methods of cleaning depending on the type of flooring you have. If there are marks on your vinyl flooring, we recommend getting these off with a rubber, as opposed to maybe scrubbing them.
If you are unsure about what the best ways to clean your floor are, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help and advise you!