If properly maintained, your floor can last you for decades. That's why it's essential to use the proper tools and techniques which will help you get the job done like a pro while keeping your floor in pristine condition.
Before we give you our fool-proof guide on floor cleaning, take a look at some of the necessary supplies you'll need to have for this process:
A broom or vacuum cleaner
Mop and mop bucket
Let's take a look at some of the best ways to clean and maintain any type of floor so it can last you longer and look better.
The first step to cleaning any floor is to sweep or vacuum any dust and debris as often as you can. Make sure to use the right setting on the vacuum so the brush doesn't scratch or damage your floors, which can be the case with hardwood floors.
After you've swept or vacuumed the area, it's time to mop the floors using a damp mop. To achieve maximum results this should be done every week or two. Avoid leaving any water on the floor, so you don't risk damaging it. Choose the right mop and cleaning detergent based on your floor type. You can also go with a homemade floor cleaner, such as a mixture of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water, which works for all kinds of floors and is a safer, more natural alternative.
Once you've mopped the entire area and taken care of any stubborn stains and spots along the way using a homemade or store-bought floor cleaner, it's time to finish up by restoring your floor's beauty and shine as well as protect it against wear.
To achieve this, you can use products which are specifically designed to rejuvenate your floor. Some products can even help fill small scratches on hardwood floors and can provide a beautiful glossy look. You can also use floor wax to revitalise worn hardwood floors and provide a deep clean.
While we already covered the three most important steps when it comes to proper floor care and maintenance, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to make sure you do everything correctly and more efficiently.
Always vacuum or sweep first, before you let the mop touch the floor. This way, you can avoid making a mess and leaving gunky spots on your floor.
Wring the mop properly, so it's just damp, not soaking wet. Avoid leaving any standing water on the floor.
While most cleaning solutions dry pretty quickly, if you want to speed up the process, you can wipe the floor using a soft microfiber cloth or turn on a ceiling fan.
Heavily trafficked areas should be cleaned every week or so.
If you follow these simple yet handy tips, you'll be able to have a beautifully maintained floor that will last you for years to come.