If it’s hardwood, linoleum, bamboo, vinyl, cork, tile or laminate, here’s a few easy ways to keep your floor looking new and clean.
How to clean laminate floors
Very few things will harm laminate floors. After all, planks are constructed in sun and light resistant layers to keep that new look for years. You need to maintain them as a laminate material, even though they resemble hardwood planks or natural stone tile.
Keeping water from getting beneath the planks is very important. Dry mop, and vacuum on tile setting (instead of carpet).
Use a damp mop or wet Swiffer when needed. Never polish a laminate floor, if the surface looks damaged, it’s best to replace it.
How to clean cork floors
Most absorbent cork flooring is sealed, but you still need to proceed with caution. Vacuum often so scratches don’t appear, wipe spills immediately, and clean once a week.
Use a vinegar, soap and water solution instead of commercial cleaners. In a spray bottle, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 drop dish soap and fill with warm water. To disinfect, reduce build-up, and break down dirt, naturally acidic vinegar is very effective. Spray a section at a time, wiping with a damp microfiber mop as you move across the floor.
How to clean hardwood floors
Polyurethane and wax are two finishes typically used for hardwood floors. Sealed wood floors usually have a urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic coating. Stains and water damage are minimized.
A solution of 1/4 cup mild or pH-neutral soap in a bucket of water will work for cleaning. Stay away from acidic vinegar solutions, which will dull the wood over time. Damp mop, using a dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess moisture.
High traffic areas like kitchens should be cleaned once a week; once a month for lower traffic areas. For waxed floors, do not use any moisture whatsoever. Instead, sweep, dust mop and vacuum regularly.
Related: Caring For Your Hardwood Floors
How to clean bamboo floors
Bamboo is beautiful and sustainable, but also softer, and more prone to nicks and scratches than hardwood floors. If you have strand bamboo flooring, which is the hardest, most durable flooring type, then you need only to sweep and dry mop. If you have other types, you will need to make sure to regularly sweep up dirt and debris to avoid scratching.
You can use the same solution as hardwood floors, 1/4 cup mild or pH-neutral soap in a bucket of water. Clean with a barely damp mop, wiping excess moisture with a dry microfiber cloth.
How to clean vinyl floors
To keep vinyl looking fresh and new, use a spray bottle with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Spritz and dry mop once a week. Working in a section at a time, working your way across the entire surface.
For deep cleans as needed, you can use a steam cleaner to clean grout and tile. The steam removes bacteria and stains.
Related: 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Cleaner for Tile & Grout
How to clean natural stone floors
Do not use vinegar to clean stone tiles. Bleach and ammonia can damage floors, as well as an acidic liquid solution. Mop floors using a pH-neutral, non chelating cleaner that won’t react adversely to minerals in the natural surface. Mop with a microfiber mop and hot water if the stone tiles are unsealed; the chemicals will penetrate the stone. If needed, a steam cleaner may be used.
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