One of the biggest questions: “What’s the correct way to clean floors?” It seems everyone wants to know what the best method is for tile, wood, ceramic, laminate, and vinyl that won’t destroy the surface. But they also want to know the quickest and easiest method to clean floors because everyone just loves to spend all day cleaning, right?
Not this gal and I bet you’re like me and want to get the job done right the first time!
For this post, we’re going to focus on hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile and grout.
The Best Way To Clean Floors
The trick to super duper clean floors is to make sure the surface is free of debris. I know that most people sweep their floors before washing, but I don’t particularly like this method because sweeping typically doesn’t pick up all the crumbs and dust completely from the floor. Instead, I like to vacuum my floor before washing. I feel it does a far superior job than sweeping in picking up the particles and making sure all pet hair is off the floor.
My favorite vacuum hands down is the Sears Kenmore Progressive Elite. Its ease of use coupled with the terrific suction, makes this hands down the best vacuum out there.
Next, I’ll show you how to clean your floors the right way as not all floors should be cared for in the same manner. Not using the proper procedure could damage the floor and result in costly replacement.
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With wood, the secret is knowing that the floors are sealed and what they are sealed with. Knowing how they are sealed will dictate how to clean them. But if they are sealed, less water is the best, so I never wash them with a steam mop or water and bucket method. Instead, what’s best for these types of floors is a refillable or microfiber mop like the Bona. While many people love the ease of a steam mop, it’s not recommended for hardwood floors. If you don’t have a refillable or microfiber mop, a damp microfiber mop will work too. Just use a spray floor cleaner and spray and wipe as you go.
Unfinished or Bamboo Floors:
What about scratches?
Laminate and water don’t mix so you’ll want to use this in a spray format instead of mop and bucket.
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Almost any commercial product will clean vinyl flooring effectively. The key is to use a system that removes all the dirty as opposed to just moving dirty water around your floor. If you don’t, over time dirt can settle into the crevices in the floor and make the floor look dull and dirty. If your floor is already at this point, use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop to get the floor super clean and then keep using it regularly. It will make your vinyl look practically brand new.
Deep Cleaning Tile and Grout Floors:
How to Handle Streaks and Residue:
Here are a few tips to manage streaks and residue on floors. If you are using a microfiber pad, make sure to dampen it before starting and rinse often when washing the floors. If you have streaks with a steam mop and cleaning the mop head frequently doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to use distilled water (purchase by the gallon at your local grocery or drug store). If you have hard water, the minerals in your water may be contributing to streaking and residue on your floors.