Spring is a time to start anew; we love a good spring cleaning! Really, is there anything better, then a freshly cleaned carpet and hardwood floors that look like new. The sound of the vacuum, that just mopped Pine scent, that dust-free floor – these are the things we get excited about. Every 12-18 months, it’s a good idea to give your floors a little extra TLC. It’s important to clean your flooring and surfaces correctly. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered; put on your yellow rubber gloves, roll up your sleeves, and take a few tips from our list below:
While beautiful, this type of flooring requires care and preservation. Start by sweeping / dusting, and mopping your floors. Don’t wet the mop too much – use just enough water to make the mop damp, and avoid soaking the floor. Also, make sure to dry the floors thoroughly upon completion – damp floors and / or over-mopping floors could potentially damage the wood.
Tip: Make sure to fix scratches or dents in wood prior to mopping – if water gets into a scratch, it can seriously affect the underlying wood.
Again, start by sweeping or vacuuming, and then use a mop from edge to edge. You can also scrub the floor, should you choose to do so; a good rag, or a microfiber mop paired with warm water, should do the trick. Throw in some mild detergent for those extra dirty floors.
Tip: Avoid sponge mops on tile floors! They tend to not pull up any dirt, and in turn, could cause dirty water to settle into your grout lines (making it very hard to remove).
Vinyl or laminate flooring is relatively inexpensive and can usually stand up to excess or heavy use. Just give it a good mop, and you should be good to go! Avoid using any ammonia, or ammonia-based products however, as they tend to damage the surface and could potentially leave it cracked and dull.
In order to avoid excess dirt being trampled throughout your house – place mats in doorways (inside and outside), and have a designated area to keep shoes. These seemingly obvious, but simple and easy steps will prevent reoccurring messiness (and frustration). Stick with us, and our flooring experts can show you how it’s done!