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How to clean the floor: tips for concrete, granite, wood, terracotta, tile, and laminate

Floors can be made from many different materials, which all need specific cleaning methods and products. Find out how to clean your floor here!


By Cleanipedia Team

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Tile flooring can be washed with a good, multi-surface floor cleaner like Cif Floor Expert Living Room. However, the grout, which can get particularly grubby, needs special treatment – use a soft brush and a mild bleach solution to make sure every part of your tiled floor sparkles! Just remember to read the label and to test any product in a small area first before proceeding.

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Key steps:

  • Different floor materials need different kinds of care and cleaning strategies – check before you start
  • Sweep or vacuum up loose debris or dirt before you start cleaning
  • A multi-functional floor cleaner like Cif Floor Expert Living Room is always helpful to have in the cupboard

Keeping your floors clean can be difficult to do, especially if you’re not sure where to begin! This article will take you through the most common floor types and give you guidance as to how to clean them. You will soon have the tools at hand to tackle any type of floor!

How to Clean Concrete Floors 

Concrete floors are increasingly popular in homes due to their low price, resilience, and durability. Even if you do not have concrete floors in your home, your garage or deck may have concrete components that need cleaning from time to time. When cleaning your concrete floors be sure to:

  • Vacuum and dust the area first to remove any obvious debris.
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and concrete cleaner (found at your local hardware store). Give it a swirl to combine.
  • Mop your floor methodically, starting in a corner and working your way out. Remember to replace the water if it looks cloudy. Take a look at our best strategies for mopping the floor for more information!
  • Dry your floors with a dry mop, or allow to air dry.

Concrete floors may need to be buffed occasionally to stay shiny. Rent a buffer from your hardware store, or call a professional floor maintenance company.

How to Clean Granite Floors 

Granite lends itself to a more sophisticated look, but it can be easily scratched if not properly cared for:

  • Consider investing in special granite cleaner, as traditional household cleaners may leave your granite tiles spotty or streaked.
  • Apply your granite cleaner (found at your local hardware store) to the tiles and use a cloth to wipe away the moisture, using in a circular motion.
  • Never use a rough cloth on granite floors, as this will leave scratches.
  • Consider applying a sealer to prevent future stains and blemishes.

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 floor cleaner like Cif Floor Expert Living Room (for varnished and washable wood floors) 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. Our full guide to cleaning floor tiles has the tips you need for sparkling tiles.

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 or Cif Camomile, but it is important to keep laminate floor fairly dry, as too much water will cause the tiles to warp or swell.

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