Spring is fast approaching and you know what that means? Spring cleaning time! It shouldn’t be a difficult chore or too time consuming to clean your floors if you’ve been maintaining them properly over the winter, but it is a good idea to give them a deep cleaning now that the threat of snow and ice are behind us (or, at least we think they are!) We know it can be overwhelming, but it’s important to break these tasks to manageable bites and try to do them over a couple of days to make the cleaning as stress-free as possible.
Here are the different types of flooring and the best ways to clean them.
Vaccuming and sweeping your floors are usually enough, but if you have stains or spills you may need to use a mop. Use a mild detergent mixed with a little bit of water. Don’t soak the floors; too much water can leak between the planks and cause damage. Go over your floor with the mixture then finish by mopping with plain water to avoid leaving a film of detergent on the floors. If you worry about crawling babies or pets, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water. The vinegar may smell strong in the beginning, but the smell will dissipate quickly, leaving you with beautiful, shining floors!
You should always start with a good quality vacuum cleaner and keep the filter clean after every use. This makes all the difference when you’re cleaning the carpet. Spot clean by trying to remove the stain with water first and blot rather than rub to keep the stain from sinking in deeper.
This type of flooring is the easiest to keep clean, so sweep or vacuum regularly to keep it clean on a day-to-day basis. Mop with water mixed with a mild detergent for a deeper clean, but just as is the case with wood, don’t drench the floors. The moisture will dissolve the glue and warp the floors. If you want to maintain the shine of vinyl flooring, coat it with a thin coat of acrylic polish.
Daily maintenance is necessary to keep these tiles at their sparkly best, but if you don’t have the time for that, you can avoid the buildup of mildew and grime by cleaning with plain water or mixing a small amount of mild detergent with water and clean with a non-abrasive mop or fabric.
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