Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, you have to care for your floors. Depending on the materials involved, you may need to use different methods or equipment to get the best results. So, if you want to make sure that you are treating your floors right, here are some tips to get your cleaning routine in order.
Most people clean their carpets and rugs by simply running a basic vacuum cleaner over the surface on a regular basis. While this will work for surface dust, pollen, and debris, a traditional vacuum does not offer a deep cleaning experience. Certain specialty vacuum cleaners can provide additional functionality through the use of high-quality suction and clean water (learn more). This process can be a godsend for those who suffer from indoor or outdoor allergies while also ensuring your carpets and rugs are as clean as possible.
While sweeping and vacuuming will help remove dust and dirt as well as sand and grit. While dust and dirt won’t harm most floors, sand and grit can actually damage the surface of glazed tiles. That means they need to be cleaned more regularly to ensure that any potentially damaging materials are removed before they can do damage. You will also want to regularly mop to floors with a mild detergent and a rag-type mop.
Managing the grout lines can be a little trickier. Since the grout material is porous, grease and other substances can seep in and stain the grout lines. Luckily, a simple paste of baking soda and water, and a bit of elbow grease can actually do wonders. Plus, it is all natural, so you don’t have to worry about children or pets on the floors.
Tile floors often exist in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathroom, and both of these areas are prone to spills. Make sure to clean them on a regular basis, though deep cleaning the grout can be done on an as needed basis.
Preventative maintenance is the key to hardwood floor care. This can include using mats near entrances to get dirt and debris off of shoes before it enters the house as well as having rugs in areas where kid’s toys are used that could scratch the floor.
When it comes time to clean the surfaces, start with a dry mop that has been sprayed with a dusting agent. That will pick up surface dirt, dust, and pet hair that can damage the surface of the floor. Then, vacuum the surface on a weekly basis using a floor brush attachment. Other brush configurations may damage the surface, so it is important to find an option designed for hardwood flooring.
When dirt builds up, use a cleaning product designed specifically for wood floors. Follow the instructions on the label regarding the strength of the solution, and use a soft sponge or rag mop across the surface. Make sure that the mop is only slightly damp, as pooled water can be damaging to wood flooring. If excess water is found, wipe it up immediately. And, in humid climates, make sure to keep air circulating with fans or a breeze to help speed the drying process.