Are you sure that the surface you are walking on every day is clean? The floor is one of the easiest areas to get dirty. Different floors require different techniques to maintain them. Here are a few tips of how to clean different floors to give the best finish. Then, you will feel awesome walking on your clean floor.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Hardwood requires regular cleaning to maintain its beautiful surface. Your wooden floor may be new or have passed through many generations. To respect the trees that were cut down, you should keep it shiny.
Vacuum your hardwood floor or sweep and dust it off daily. Every week clean it with vinegar. Fill a bucket with warm water mixed with a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar. Then, clean it with a mop. Or, alternatively you can use tea bags. Put the tea bags in a bucket of water and use them to clean for a shiny effect.
Do not leave your floor too wet because it can damage the texture. Waxing is essential to have a shiny finish. It should be done every year.
Cleaning Laminate Floors
Laminate is another choice of flooring that requires little effort to maintain. Here is an easy way to keep it shining.
Clean all the dirt on the surface by sweeping or vacuuming it. It should be done daily. Beware that you need to be cautious with the vacuum, use an attachment if you are worried about scratches. Fill the bucket with water and clean the floor with a soft mop. Do not use soap or detergent as it may leave a film and dull the floor. If you want you can use baby shampoo.
The surface of laminate floors should not be waxed, polished or refinished. Any hard spots can be removed by alcohol and acetone.
Cleaning Marble and Granite Floors
Marble and granite floors are strong but cleaning them with the wrong methods can damage the lustre. Follow these tips to keep your stone looking good.
Wash all soil, dirt and debris from the surface as soon as possible to avoid stubborn stains. Buff any floor finish out (if used) to protect the surface. Mix warm water with a mild detergent, stone cleaning products or even vinegar or baking soda to clean. Remember to keep the floor wet when you are working on it. Avoid using products that contain powder and dye, steel wool and colored scrub pads on the surface. Finish it by mopping the surface again with a soft cloth to remove any excess water.
Outdoor marble and granite floors can become even dirtier. Use flat surface cleaners to clean up all the stains. This will make the job quicker and also save your time and energy.
Before you start to vacuum your carpet, collect all objects off the floor i.e. toys, coins and papers. These objects can damage your machine. Clean the area both horizontally and vertically. Your carpet fibers can be twisted, so make sure you vacuum in many directions. Change the nozzle to a smaller one for cleaning in the corners or behind furniture. Vacuum your floor 2-3 times a week but if you have a pet, it should be done daily for sanitary reasons.
Use the right carpet cleaner to clean spots. Spray it on the area and use a clean white cloth to dab around the stain. Rinse the carpet with a cloth and water and do not make it too wet. Let the carpet air dry and then you are done with cleaning.