How to Clean Wood Floors
Wood, like other natural materials, can be susceptible to damage if not properly cared for. Before you clean your wood floors, it is essential that you determine whether the floors are sealed or unsealed. Sealed means that they have waterproof varnish; unsealed floors are usually just covered in a layer of wax.
If your floors are sealed, it is safe to mop them more thoroughly:
- Combine a hardwood floor cleaner and warm water in a bucket. Wring your mop head out thoroughly, so that just a touch of water remains.
- Mop your floors in a circular motion.
- Dry your floors with a dry mop or cloth.
With unsealed floors:
- Combine wood floor cleaner with a touch of water and apply sparingly to the floor.
- Remember to quickly dry any moisture to prevent damage.
How to Clean Terracotta Floors
Terracotta is an ideal floor choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms that get a lot of footfall. Though terracotta does not show spills easily, it can collect a lot of dirt. Clean terracotta floors by:
- First sweeping away any dust and debris.
- Then mop the floors with a terracotta floor cleaner (found at your local hardware store).
- Mop using an up and downward motion, in order to remove any dust or dirt stuck in the tile.
- For particularly stubborn dirt stains, use a scrubbing brush in a circular motion.
How to Clean Tile Floors
Tile is also a great choice for floors that see daily use and that are liable to get wet, such as those in the kitchen, bathroom, or foyer. Cleaning your tile floors will be much easier if you remember to sweep your floors daily. About once a week, simply clean your floors with a damp mop and regular tile floor cleaner.
How to Clean Laminate Floors
You may also be wondering about how to clean laminate floors. Laminate is a synthetic tile used to simulate stone, wood or other natural materials. Laminate floors are often made of durable synthetic materials that are easy to care for. You can clean laminate floor with traditional tile cleaner, but it is important to keep laminate floor fairly dry, as too much water will cause the tiles to warp or swell.