Hard Floor Cleaning Tips for Beginners

by Maid Just Right Team - July 10, 2017

Most of us have some hard flooring around the home. This can be tiles in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in the bedroom or perhaps linoleum in the bathroom. They all need to be cleaned at some point, of course. So, which are the best methods to get that hygienically clean result with the minimum of effort?

Here are just some of our top tips.

Laminate Flooring

A lot of our San Diego clients have laminate flooring. It’s easy to lay down and a cost-effective way to create that hardwood look. It’s also quite easy to maintain. The big issue with this kind of flooring is that you don’t want to get it too wet and allow that moisture to seep between the joints.

A brush or vacuum should allow you to get rid of any dirt and dust and using a dry mop can bring up the shine of the laminate. If you do have a spill or dirt being trod through after a rain storm, then wiping that spot with a damp cloth is usually enough.

Hardwood Flooring

For those who like the natural look, hardwood is becoming increasingly popular. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning these areas. This usually includes carefully sweeping or vacuuming the floor and then using a neutral PH detergent to give it a mop over – again be careful not to use too much water. Damp but not sopping wet is the key.

If your floor doesn’t look as though it needs a mop, then avoid this last step. Hardwood flooring usually has a wax sealant that can be degraded by too much wet work.

Linoleum Flooring

There’s usually a lot more flexibility with linoleum and taking a microfiber mop to the surface works well after brushing up the dust and dirt. If you want to use an eco-friendly solution, a mix of white vinegar with warm water works quite well. Linoleum is made from a range natural materials and can get stained. If this happens, the key is to saturate the area with a mix of white vinegar and baking soda and leave it to settle for ten minutes or so, then wipe away with a damp cloth. This should, in theory, work for most kinds of stain.

Natural Stone Flooring

Many of our San Diego customers are also lucky to have natural stone flooring and this looks great in any part of the house but especially the kitchen area. The key here is to, as usual, vacuum first to pick up any loose dirt and dust. You should then use a damp mop to clean the tiles but avoid anything acidic like white vinegar as it can degrade the stone. Natural stone is porous so anything too abrasive can seep in and cause problems, damaging your flooring. A weak solution with washing up liquid in it usually works well.

If you are not sure how to properly clean the flooring in your home or think you may be doing it wrong, it’s always best to check with the experts. At Maid Just Right we’re always giving advice to our clients so that they can keep their homes in San Diego spotlessly clean.