It's always exciting to get brand new flooring. Nothing beats placing your feet on a beautiful surface that brings your rooms together and makes your home feel renewed. However, just like any area or appliance in the house, floors will need a good cleaning.
Perhaps you already know your way around a mop, but there are tiny details you might be neglecting. Knowing how to mop correctly is the difference between a well-kept floor and a dull one.
Are you unsure if you're treating your flooring correctly? Find here how to mop it the right way!
Before we begin: Remove dust and debris from your floors
It seems obvious, but it never hurts to remind yourself not to skip this step. Regardless of how dust-free your flooring might appear, one mistake might cost you some scratches on the floor.
Brooms are great, but trapping pesky dirt and dust with your vacuum cleaner will give you better results. Without further ado, it's time to mop some floors!
How to clean wood floors
If you have wood flooring, keeping an eye on moisture and temperature changes is crucial—or you might end up with warped panels. But that's not all; cleaning also has a big role. It doesn't matter if it's expensive or budget flooring; wood surfaces will look beautiful with proper cleaning.
Here are two methods preferred by most homeowners to keep wood floors clean without streaks:
Method 1: Vinegar with water
Although white vinegar is funny-smelling, it's a versatile natural cleaner and works excellent on wood floors. However, you can't just pour vinegar into your bucket and start mopping.
Undiluted white vinegar damages many surfaces because of its acidity; fortunately, you can solve this issue by adding distilled water. Water will reduce the acidity to a safe level, so you can stop worrying about scraping the finish from your floors.
How to clean wood floors with vinegar:
The easiest way to make a vinegar solution for your floor is by adding equal amounts of water to vinegar. However, it can still be too acidic for some types of finishes. If the floor isn't that grimy, you can get away with just pouring ½ cup of vinegar per gallon of warm water.
Prepare your mop as you would with any other solution, or you can spray the mixture on hard spots with grime or mineral buildup, such as water spots. The best thing about cleaning with vinegar is that you don't need to rinse; let it dry, and even the smell will fade away.
Method #2: Soap and water
If you don't want any business with vinegar, water with soap works as an alternative. The upside is that you'd be thoroughly washing the panels with this method; however, you have to do this carefully to avoid moisture damage.
Add a dash of dish soap to your bucket without making it too foamy. Then, clean your floor with a slightly damp mop. Unlike vinegar, you'll need to rinse after cleaning. Don't fret; rinse the mop in a bucket with clean water and use the damp mop to remove the soap residue.
How to clean vinyl floors
Vinyl floors are a different breed. Vinyl is a resistant material, so it's a top choice for high-traffic areas.
Even if it's a low-maintenance floor, be aware that you have to mop it at some point. Light cleaning with water sometimes is enough. However, for tough stains, you'll need more potent agents.
Fortunately, you won't have to use strong chemicals like bleach—apple cider vinegar will do the trick! Here are the steps:
- Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar and a gallon of warm or hot water.
- Then, clean the floor using a damp mop.
- To avoid dragging dirt from one side to another, rinse the mop frequently with clean, warm water from another bucket.
How to clean ceramic tile floors
When cleaning tile, you want to keep the floor squeaky clean but not slippery. The solution you pick is key to achieving it. Clean your ceramic tile floors with warm water or a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap—but you'll need to rinse the soap.
Your best tool for the job is a flat mop, but any mop will do. If you use a bucket, change its contents frequently to avoid cleaning with dirty water. Also, be extremely careful that you don't drag the dirt into the grout.
Pro-tip: You'll get better results if you mop and dry one section of the floor at a time.
How to clean stone floors
Stone flooring can deteriorate quite quickly when using the wrong cleaning agent. Avoid having to pay for repolishing these types of floors! Vinegar, in this case, is known to damage the finish and make it look dull—it can even etch the stone.
Whether you have a glossy floor or honed stone, the best way to keep it clean is by making a cleaning routine. These tasks aren't challenging but need your attention if you want to keep your floor's beauty. That includes constant dusting and cleaning of any spills as soon as they happen.
Mild dish soap will do the trick when it's time to mop, but you can also purchase special soap for stone floors. Don't forget to rinse afterward.
How to clean concrete floors
Concrete is an interesting material to have on your floor. Usually (but not exclusively) is used outdoors, and it's very durable and straightforward to clean when sealed properly.
You can do several things to ensure clean concrete floors, like buying special products and mopping in sections with the proper technique. Also, much like other floors, ammonia, vinegar, and other acidic cleaners are the worst thing you could pour on concrete. Avoid them.
If you want to learn more about keeping concrete floors clean, check out this blog by The Spruce.
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