Floor Cleaning Tips

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Spring Cleaning Tips
Floor Cleaning Tips

Take the grime out of your floors with these handy floor cleaning tips.

Gone are the days when many of us had linoleum (lino) throughout the house, with maybe a piece of carpeting in the sittng room. Todays flooring varies greatly, not only from house to house but also room to room. It is important to apply the correct cleaning procedures dependant on the type of flooring in order for the flooring to look good and last longer.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Brushing and Vaccuuming

Hardwood floors needn’t be high maintenance if you know how to look after them. The importance of removing dirt regularly to avoid scratching cannot be over-emphasised.. Brushing with a soft bristle brush or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment a couple of times a week is recommended to remove the dirt and grit that can scratch the surface of the wooden floor.

Mopping

Water is the enemy of wood floors so always use a damp mop to avoid excess water seeping into the seams. Wherever possible use a dedicated wood floor cleaning as soap based detergents and cleaning agents can strip the polish from your floor and leave it looking dull.

buffing and waxing

Adhere to the manufacturers guidelines or seek professional help. As this may be costly minimizing the general wear and tear of your wooden floor on a daily basis will reduce the need for polishing and waxing.

Cleaning Ceramic Floor Tiles

Sweep with a soft brush or vaccum clean.

Damp mop with clean, warm water and rubbing alcohol solution ( 1 cup rubbing alcohol to 2 gallons water. For localised stubborn marks treat directly with a scrubbing brush or hard toothbrush. If the overall appearance looks dingy try using a weak bleach and warm water solution (half cup of bleach to 2 gallons of water)

Remember that if you use chemicals it’s important to mop again using clear water to avoid a build up of chemicals on the flooring

Dust mop

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