Floor Cleaning and Care Made Easy
When it’s time to clean the floors in our household, vacuuming should be the first action we take. Vacuuming will first and foremost remove any loose debris and dirt buildup that is lying on our flooring that could make things like mopping more difficult. Regardless of the type of flooring we have, vacuuming is beneficial in that it removes the dirt that has accumulated on our floors. Vacuuming is not something most people can dedicate time to on a daily basis, and in this case it should be done weekly; covering all high traffic areas to ensure that maximum dirt extraction is achieved. When you finish vacuuming it’s time to move on to phase two.
Wood Floor Cleaning
If you have wood flooring that requires a waxing to sustain its life, it’s recommended to reapply new coats of wax about twice every year. To revitalize the natural shine of your flooring you can also buff your floors out during this time period.
Wood Floors that require a wax coat should never be mopped. The wax seals are not water proof, Floor Cleaner and Sealer any liquids can easily damage your flooring. Because of this, be sure to clean floors immediately when spills happen using a paper towel or a clean cleaning cloth.
Vinyl Floor Cleaning
Vinyl floors that have just been installed in your home need to be waxed forty-eight hours after installation is complete. If you already have vinyl flooring installed in your home, it’s recommended to clean them about ever six months.
Wax should be applied to vinyl flooring lightly and directly to the flooring. Be sure to only create a thin coat by using straight strokes across your floor with a wax application product or a sponge mop.
Damp-Mopping with warm water can also be used to bring a natural shine to a less dirty floor. Wet-Mopping with a vinyl floor cleaner can also be used as another alternative cleaner to remove any heavy dirt buildup. After your initial cleaning wax buildup needs to be taken care of once every year using a wax stripper.
Masonry Floor Cleaning
Masonry flooring has similar cleaning methods in relation to vinyl floor cleaning with the exception of one step. Masonry flooring will require a sealing whereas a vinyl floor won’t. This can be done by simply applying all-purpose masonry floor sealer. This sealant can be purchased at most hardware stores and home appliance stores. The proper approach to applying a sealant to your floor is to use a sponge mop or cleaning cloths. Once your flooring has been sealed, stone flooring will require a good waxing about every year or so using an acrylic based, or paste wax.
To clean masonry type flooring, a damp-mop mixed with water and a mild soap solution can be used. Be sure to rinse with clean water when finished. When you complete two waxings, the process should then repeat over again. Start by stripping the floor, reapplying a sealant, and then rewaxing and cleaning when necessary.