Cleaning Tips for Floors
Updated: Dec 29, 2019
If you've visited our Facebook page, you know all about the germs, dirt, and grime that may be living on your floors. The best way to cut down on pathogens in your #home is to take your shoes off and leave them by the front door. Even when that's done, many of us have kids, pets, etc. who bring the "joy" of outside into the home. Below we have a few quick and easy tips to help you tackle dirty floors, creating a #clean and healthy space for all who enter.
We all appreciate the natural beauty of #hardwood #flooring. The first thing that one should check is whether or not the wood is sealed to protect against water damage and stains. Usually, polyurethane or wax is used as a sealant. Pro tip-- if you run your finger across the surface and a smudge appears, it is likely to be waxed.
Polyurethane sealed floors can be cleaned using a pH-neutral soap and water, with a damp mop. Avoid acidic solutions as they may strip the sealant and dull wood over time.
Waxed floors can be damaged by even small amounts of water. We recommend sweeping with a dry microfiber cloth, dusting, or #vacuuming regularly. If you insist on #mopping, use a slightly damp mop and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Porcelain Tile Flooring
For weekly cleanings, we recommend a mix of 1/4 cup of vinegar and a drop of soap, in a 16 oz spray bottle. Spray the floor in small sections and clean using a microfiber mop. For deep cleanings, we use a steam cleaner on tile and grout. This kills most bacteria and removes stains. Bonus!
Natural Stone Flooring
Most natural stones are quite delicate and require patience and elbow grease to be cleaned thoroughly. Ammonia, bleach, and vinegar (anything acidic) are the enemy of natural stone, as they may have an adverse reaction to the minerals in the stone. For sealed stone, a pH-neutral, non-chelating cleaner is the way to go. For unsealed stone, simply use hot water and a microfiber mop, as chemicals could penetrate the stone and cause discoloration. For built-up dirt, a steam cleaner is best.
All #TheNewCastleCleaners staff members are trained on how to properly clean the surfaces of your home--floors included!