Not all floors are made equal. Each type of floor has its own unique traits and therefore its own unique cleaning requirements, and to keep your floors from getting ruined, you best know how to clean your specific floor-type. Are you going to clean hardwood the same way you would clean tile? We certainly hope not. If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry. We have the easiest and safest ways for you to keep your floors – no matter what kind they might be – looking spotless and new.
1. Natural Stone FloorsNaturally It’s Clean Floors cleaner) that won’t accidentally react to the minerals in your stone floors.
For unsealed stone tiles, simply use a microfiber mop and hot water, or a steamer for bigger messes. No chemicals whatsoever should be used on these.
2. Vinyl Floors
Every so often, try steaming your vinyl floors for a deeper clean. This steam with get rid of stains and bacteria on your tiles AND your grout, so you can rest assured you area is thoroughly cleaned.
If your grout is spectacularly dirty, you might need to power wash it. Sounds expensive, right? It doesn’t have to be with the Grout Grime Buster 3000…which is a simple DIY you can make for under $5.
3. Linoleum Floors
Put a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle with hot water. Use that mixture only to spritz down the surface and then use a microfiber cloth or mop of dry the floor clean. The floor should dry almost immediately, but if it feels sticky to the touch, give it one more wipe down.
4. Cork Floors
5. Laminate Floors
Instead, dry mop and vacuum regularly, and only use a slightly damp cloth for spot treatments.
6. Hardwood Floors
Wax finishes and untreated wood (hardwood with no coating on it), should not be washed. But you’re not entirely off the hook – you should sweep, dust mop, or vacuum regularly, just like laminate floors.
For polyurethane finishes, you have two different solutions to chose from. The first is a mix of ¼ cup mild or pH-neutral soap (try Seventh Generation All-Purpose Natural Cleaner Concentrate) with water in a bucket. Use a damp-mop to clean the floors and microfiber cloth to dry them.
The second is a vinegar mixture, which some floor experts will say to stay clear of – vinegar may dull the shine of your floor over time, but this solution is a good thing to whip up and use in a hurry, or if you have no pH-neutral soap on hand. Mix some white vinegar and dishwasher soap in a wringer bucket with warm water. Use a microfiber mop to clean the surface and a microfiber cloth to dry.
7. Tile Floors
8. Carpetshere. Both are easy to make at home, although the detergent solution (simply detergent and water) is my personal go-to.
For a simple spot cleaner – for those, oops, there goes dinner on the carpet moments – mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda until you form a thick paste. Dilute this mixture with warm water until mixture becomes a thin liquid and scrub it into the stain with an old toothbrush or sponge.
Got pets? Then you know that pet hair is IMPOSSIBLE to get out of carpets. This easy little hack is a lifesaver! Using a squeegee that you can pick up at any dollar store, you can rake the hair right out of your carpet. See this little tip in action here.
Do you have any tips for cleaning the types of floors we mentioned? Do you have a different type of floor and how do you clean that surface? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.