Floor Cleaning And Care Tips And Tricks18Sep 2014
Keeping your floors clean should be a priority on your house cleaning checklist. With some regular dusting and vacuuming you should be able to tackle most superficial dust and dirt around the house, but every once in a while it pays to get your hands dirty and really give your floors a good scrub! In this article we share some great floor cleaning and care tips and tricks from various cleaning companies. These should help you get your floors shining in no time!Frequent vacuuming can work wonders for your floors. While deep-cleaning techniques and products have to be adjusted to the kind of floor you have installed, vacuuming is a one-size-fits-all approach to tackling general dirt and debris around the house. Weekly vacuuming can actually go a long way in preventing dust/ germ deposits from building up on your home flooring. Vacuuming and dusting are also a great way to maintain your home flooring in between hiring professional cleaning services. Vacuuming will pick up a lot of dirt, dust, stray debris, pet hairs and fibres and will make it easier on you and your back when you try other, more vigorous cleaning techniques. Add it to your weekly chores schedule and you won’t regret it. Good old scrubbing is still one of the best ways to get your floors clean. With a bucket of warm water, some mild detergent and clean sponges you can get a lot of dirt and grime out of the way. Do remember though, wet cleaning methods are not suited for wooden floors. As any domestic cleaning agency will attest to, wooden floors are treated to a wax sealant and these are not waterproof, so introducing liquids to wooden floors can actually damage them. Wood floors should be buffed and waxed once or twice a year, ideally by professional cleaners.For vinyl and laminate floors you can use a solution of vinegar (1 cup) in water (1 gallon). Vinegar is a magic, all-purpose product that finds its way into so many homemade solutions and remedies. However, do remember that when you’re using a vinegar-based cleansing solution it is best to avoid stone/ masonry tiles and wooden floors as vinegar can be reactive to these surfaces and may end up bleaching or corroding them. But, for vinyl and laminate floors vinegar is known to work wonders and it’s a cheap, easy and eco-friendly solution to expensive cleaning agents. Cleaning companies recommend using vinegar solutions and a wet mop for quick, hassle-free floor cleaning when you don’t have time!For the most thorough and effective cleaning, cleaning agencies recommend combining different techniques. Each technique attacks dirt/ debris differently and paves the way for better results with the next stage. For example, you should always dust and vacuum floors before you wipe/ mop them. If you fail to do so the dirt and dust will actually combine with the water and cleaning agent to create a sludgy mix and will leave tougher stains on the floor. Indiscriminate mopping without dusting might also result in scratched floors- dust particles being wiped away across floor surfaces might end up gouging into the floors. It pays to divide your floor-cleaning project into a step-by-step routine. Not only will this prevent any damage, it will also make your job easier and you won’t get tired out too quickly. Professional cleaning services also recommend rinsing/ wiping floors with a clean cloth and clean water after mopping with a cleaning agent to prevent product build-up. It is also important to allow floors to dry out quickly and as naturally as possible.
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