Cleaning the floor may look simple but can be hectic and stressful at the same time, and that’s because of the particularities of each floor type. Picture this: You just moved into a new flat and noticed that the living space’s hardwood flooring is dirty. You feel tempted to clean it, but you’re worried about damaging it if you use the wrong cleaning product. What should you do?
Allow me to show you some floor cleaning tips for three types of floors that are easy enough to do on your own.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The right materials and cleaning method for hardwood floors.
- The best materials for cleaning and disinfecting your ceramic tiles.
- Do’s and don’ts for cleaning and maintaining marble flooring.
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Let’s dive right into my tips.
Wooden Floor Cleaning Tips
If you have to remember one thing about hardwood floors, it’s this: they’re not cast in the same mold.
What I mean by this is that wood floorings have different kinds like laminated, engineered, solid hardwood, bamboo, and cork — so, it’s imperative that you’re aware of the type you have before you start cleaning.
While there isn’t a general way of cleaning all the types of hardwood, you can, however, stick to a general cleaning routine.
Here’s what you will need:
- Microfiber Mop
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Floor Wax
- Wringer bucket
Here’s your cleaning schedule:
- Sweep your wooden floor lightly using the broom and dustpan.
- Next, use a microfiber mop to complete the job.
- Mop your floor with a wet mop, but make sure that you put just enough water to moisten it and not splatter all over. Use the wringer bucket to squeeze out excess water.
- Alternatively, you can also schedule a weekly vacuum session.
- Polishing or waxing is a way for you to restore the gleam on your floor, but as I mentioned, you first need to know what type of hardwood flooring you have before you include this in your cleaning schedule.
- Some floors can’t be polished and should only be waxed, so if you’re aware of the manufacturer or the installers of your wood flooring, ask them about the finish and determine whether polishing or waxing is best.
Ceramic Floor Tiles Cleaning Tips
Next, is ceramic flooring. It’s a popular choice because of its relative cheapness and durability. And, in cleaning, it’s not as painstaking as hardwood floors, it’s actually pretty straightforward.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Broom (preferably Polypropylene)
- Dustpan with rubber lip
- Cleaning Solution/All-purpose cleaner
Here are the steps:
- Use a broom with a polypropylene fill. From my experience, that is the best so far and compared with the nylon, it doesn’t trap hairs in the bristles rather it manages to sweep them thoroughly to the dustpan.
- Use a dustpan with a rubber lip that’s perfectly laid down flat on the floor. Some cheap dustpans have space underneath the lip which will obviously not do the job completely.
- You can also vacuum daily which is more effective in removing dust and soil on the floor.
- After sweeping or vacuuming, it’s always a good idea to mop the floor with some disinfectant or an all-purpose cleaner to make sure that you eliminate germs and harmful bacteria. Also, mop by following an “S” motion as this covers all the area of your floor a bit more accurately.
Cleaning Between Ceramic Tiles
The best way to clean the grout is to use a solution like Keranet Liquid or Clorox. Once applied, in between or on tiles, let it settle for a few minutes and then brush with a scrub brush and rinse with water. But do be careful in applying too much pressure in brushing as this can destroy the grout.
Marble Floor Cleaning Tips
Finally, we get to marble flooring. Typically, you will find marble flooring in some villas and possibly in high-end flats in the UAE. And, among the floor types in this article, marble is the most expensive per square foot.
So, if you are lucky enough to live in a home where marble is your flooring.
Here are the materials you need for cleaning:
- Dust Mop
To maintain your marble flooring, here are my tips:
1. Clean Regularly
Again, cleaning is necessary for all floor types, but with marble floors, you need extra care. It may be too abrasive to use brooms and vacuums on marble; a better option is a dry dust mop.
2. Don’t use acidic cleaners
Aside from abrasive cleaning materials, marble shouldn’t be cleaned with acidic solutions too, so keep those away from a marble floor — even vinegar or lemon juice can do a lot of damage. As I said, a simple dry dust mop for clearing the floor of dust will suffice.
3. Clean off any spills immediately
Anything that your marble floor catches should be wiped off as soon as possible before it turns into a stain. So, be careful with anything you carry on a marble floor and keep a cleaning cloth handy just in case.
4. Deep Clean
I recommend deep cleaning with the help of professionals quarterly or yearly, depending on how much cleaning your floor requires. It might be too risky for you to attempt deep cleaning on your own and the right solutions with the precise PH balance are needed to prevent unintentional damage on your flooring.
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So, there you go, these are the tips for cleaning these three types of floors. But what you must remember is that cleaning and maintenance work hand in hand. You can’t clean ugly and damaged floors and you can’t maintain a floor that’s already been damaged by not cleaning.