For some reason, people find it very easy to overlook their floor, resulting in it looking sad, old and neglected. Maintaining a good floor isn’t as hard (or as expensive) as you may think. As long as you take out a little time to give it the care and attention it needs, it will last a lot longer, and look beautiful for many years to come.
If you’ve just had the new flooring installed in your kitchen, living room, or wherever it may be, it will just need to have a quick wipe down before you can move the furniture back and go on about your day. If you’ve just had laminate or wood installed, then all you need to do is brush off any dust or dirt that has been left behind, and then rub it down with a dry cloth to get rid of any last bits. If it’s vinyl, you should wipe it down with a damp cloth that has been dunked in some warm water and a natural detergent to make sure it smells fresh.
Not a lot of people like to clean every day. It’s so much time and effort that feels wasted when it could be used sitting in the sun with a cold beverage instead, right? But the more regular you clean your floor, essentially the less you will have to do.
The type of material you have put down, will determine the kind of care that it will need to look and feel lovely again. Here are some examples.
Remove any bits off the floor as mentioned previously, and then wipe it down with a damp mop that has been spritzed with laminate cleaning solution. The mop should never be wet though, as too much liquid can damage the floor entirely, as it will start to leak through leaving you with damp spots, which can eventually turn moldy.
Once that’s done go over the area again with a dry mop or cloth to soak everything up while buffing.
Sweep with a soft brush or vacuum up any bits that are on the floor. Once it’s all cleared, you can mop or wipe the area with warm water (never hot) and a detergent suited to vinyl flooring. Whatever you do, don’t use soap, as this coats the vinyl with a sticky film that actually makes it ten times easier for dirt to stick to it, as well as your feet.
When carpet cleaning, you can either get someone in to do the job for you, or have a go yourself. If you have any stains, you will need the right stain removal products that won’t end up doing more harm than good. So make sure you do the right research for the type of carpet you have. – You can’t go wrong with white wine vinegar. It’s one of the best natural products out there, targeting tough stains and smells all year round.
If you mop, then you should always go with the grain of the wood to prevent it from aging. And when buffing, believe it or not a cloth diaper is the best thing to use, as they’re extremely soft and absorbent, perfect for giving you the shine you need.