How to clean floors
Keeping your floors clean is a big job that often gets put off or overlooked around the house until it’s unavoidable.
Although it can be quite a bit of work, keeping your floors clean will make your home look more inviting and keep your furniture clean longer by keeping dirt to a minimum. In this post, we’ll give you a few useful tips for cleaning floors throughout your home.
How to clean floors: What to know
Cleaning methods differ depending on the type of floor you’re working with. You can safely vacuum all types of floors to remove surface-level dirt, but you’ll want to sweep and mop your floors regularly to keep them completely clean.
Plan on cleaning your floors at least every week or two to prevent any big messes from accumulating. You can also keep a broom handy in the kitchen to sweep up any dropped food and spills while cooking.
When it comes time to mop your floors, less is usually more. You often don’t need any harsh cleaning products. In fact, soapy detergents can end up leaving a dull residue on most types of flooring.
How to clean floor grout
Grout tends to collect dirt pretty fast since it’s porous. You can quickly end up with dirty and unsightly grout between your floor tiles if you neglect to clean it regularly.
Here’s how to do it:
- Sweep the floor to remove any surface-level dirt.
- Use hot water and a rag to get any dirt that’s a little more set in.
- Create a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap.
- Use a spoon to put the mixture on the grout and let it sit undisturbed for 5-10 minutes.
- Use an old toothbrush or cleaning brush to scrub the group.
- Use a damp rag to wipe up the cleaning mixture and reveal your clean grout.
How to clean floors without scrubbing
There are ways to keep your floors clean for longer. Consider placing mats near entrances and low pile rugs in high-traffic areas. Also removing your shoes before entering your home will help prevent dirt and mud from getting tracked inside. For tile grout, consider sealing clean grout to prevent dirt from accumulating in the future.
If you’re not a big fan of floor cleaning, you can consider investing in an automatic vacuum cleaner, such as a Roomba, that will work its way around your house and suck up any messes it comes across. These handy vacuums can be a little pricey, but it will eliminate a lot of the daily maintenance of floor cleaning.
When it’s time to mop, use a microfiber mop that doesn’t require manual rinsing. Some microfiber mops come with washable heads that you can throw in the washing machine when you’re done.
How to clean wooden floors
Sealed wood floors need sweeping and occasional damp mopping. Avoid getting wood floors too wet because it can damage the wood and cause it to split.
For unsealed wood floors, sweep up dirt often and repolish them as needed.
How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar
White vinegar or cleaning vinegar is great at cleaning hardwood floors because it cuts through dirt and grime without leaving an ugly film over your floors.
Always be sure to vacuum your floors before mopping so you don’t end up spreading loose dirt around.
Grab a soft mop and bucket. Put one gallon of hot water in the bucket and one cup of white vinegar. Swirl the solution around with the mop.
While mopping, move in an “S” pattern to catch any dirt on the ground. Rinse the mop as you move to clean it off.
Be careful not to get your floors too wet. If there’s standing water or puddles forming, you’re using too much water. Wring the mop before using it to make sure it’s not too saturated.
You can follow up with a floor polish or wax to add a nice shine to your hardwood floors.
How to clean laminate floors
You can safely vacuum and sweep laminate floors regularly to remove surface-level dirt. When mopping every two months, just use a damp mop and never use soap-based detergents.
To remove stains, use a bit of vinegar diluted with clean water. Scrub the floor with a soft sponge to remove stains. Avoid using abrasive tools on laminate because it can scratch the flooring. Also, don’t use too much water on laminate floors because it can damage them. That said, you can use a scraping tool to gently remove things like candle wax or dried food from the floor.
If you do want to use a cleaning product, be sure it’s labeled safe for laminate flooring. Only use a small amount of cleaner on a mop or microfiber cloth, and never apply it directly to the floor. You can also use a small amount of clear, unscented dish soap diluted in hot water for an easy cleaning solution. If you accidentally used the wrong cleaning product, some diluted vinegar can remove any product buildup without damaging the laminate.
How to clean tile floors
Tile floors are pretty easy to clean. Simply sweep away any dirt and mop with a mild cleaning solution. Follow up with a bit of clean water to rinse away any excess cleaning solution. Allow the floor to air dry completely before walking on it.
To remove stains, wash the floor with hot water and a mild cleaning solution. Blot the stained area with hydrogen peroxide and rinse it away with clean water. For grease-based stains, wash the stained area with club soda and water. Ink stains can be removed using a rag soaked in diluted bleach. Place the rag on the stain and let it soak in for a few minutes. Rinse the bleach away when the stain is gone.
Be careful not to use anything that’s too abrasive on tile floors because like laminate and hardwood floors, they can scratch and become dull.