Tips On Cleaning Different Types Of Flooring
Among the different parts of the house, the floor probably takes the most beating, therefore it always needs to be attended.
There is a variety of flooring materials and with each surface needs a specific cleaning method and set of tools that are needed to get the job done. With regular cleaning, it will make your floor look much more attractive and can prolong its life. Employing the wrong technique and using an inappropriate cleaner can be a disaster.
Listed below are the most common floor surfaces, as well as the corresponding steps on how to ensure that your flooring is strong and sparkling.
Wood is the most traditional flooring material of all. It naturally lends any home sophistication no matter what the design style may be. Wood floorings are protected by different sealants such as varnish, polyurethane, lacquer, or shellac.
It is recommended to sweep wood floors once or twice a day. Then use a mop to start mopping the perimeters. Applying wax is recommended after mopping to keep the wood looking new and fresh.
Ceramic tiles are the easiest to maintain. They are the best flooring (and even wall) material for kitchens and bathrooms. The process of making them can help the tiles to block dirt and soils. Though grout lines are porous and can easily be stained, simply apply grout sealant after you’ve cleaned it thoroughly.
Remember to use a damp string mop and neutral floor cleaner to remove residue. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the glaze.
Its elegance, durability, low-maintenance, and being heat resistant is why marble flooring remains a popular choice than the other flooring options.
To clean, dampen a mop in a solution of detergent mixed with warm water, and then mop up using short strokes. Mop over again with water, and let it dry.
Carpets may appear decorative at first, but they tend to keep the floors clean, especially in high-traffic areas.
Generally, carpets require vacuuming once a week to keep dirt and grit from damaging the fibers. Vacuum it horizontally and then vertically, or vice versa. For the annual deep cleaning, you may solicit the help of a professional cleaner.
Concrete flooring is not restricted to the garage. It can also be applied indoors. To protect concrete and save time from cleaning, have it sealed. For unsealed concrete floors, use a broom to remove dirt everyday.
For a much more thorough clean-up, moisten the floor with water, apply a standard cleaning agent, and then use a broom to scrub it clean. Rinse with pressure washer or a garden hose.
*This article has been revised for online reading. The original article appeared on the July 2014 issue of My Home Magazine. Get the e-mag version My Home Magazines on Magzter.