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Floor Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Floors

Want clean, dust-free floors in your home? Follow these useful floor cleaning tips for surfaces that really shine!


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How to Wash Floors

When you’re cleaning the house, chances are you spend the most time on the floors – after all, they are walked on every day and it doesn’t take long for them to harbor dust, dirt, and all manner of dropped food scraps. However, different floor types require different cleaning methods. Read on for tips on the best way to clean floors – whether they’re ceramic, wood or laminate.

When mopping tile floors, always clean and dry your mop head between uses. A damp and dirty mop is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and is also likely to leave a stale smell wherever you use it.

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How to Clean Ceramic Floors

  • Mopping tile floors is the best way to get them clean and sparkling, but you’ll need to start by cleaning away as much dust and debris as you can. Sweep or vacuum the entire area you wish to clean, making sure you pay attention to the edges and corners where dust can gather.
  • After you’ve vacuumed, prepare a mop bucket with warm water and a specialist floor cleaning liquid. Always follow the instructions on the label to get the best results.
  • Dip your mop into the soapy solution, then thoroughly wring out any excess water. A very wet mop will mean the floor will take too long to dry, which could leave streaks or damage wooden furniture such as kitchen units.
  • Work from one side of the room to the other, mopping towards the dry side. When you mop tile floors, regularly clean and wring out the brush to avoid spreading dirty water onto your tiles.

How to Clean Wood Floors

Real wood floors can be pricey to install, but with a bit of care and attention, they’ll look great for decades. However, some regular washing techniques risk damaging the wood – here are some useful tips on how to clean a wood floor and laminate surfaces.

  • Sweep with a soft bristled brush to remove dust. Alternatively, vacuum the floor, using the soft brush extension so as not to damage the wood.
  • Do not use a wet mop to clean as you would for a ceramic surface – the water can cause the wood or laminate to swell and become damaged. The best way to clean a floor made of natural wood is to use a lightly damp mop or cloth.
  • Always use a cleaning solution specially developed for cleaning a wooden or laminated surface – do not use products that contain bleach, ammonia or abrasive agents, as these risk damaging the wood. Remember to check follow the instructions on any cleaning products that you are using.
  • Remove dirt and dust before you start cleaning your floors. A soft bristle brush or vacuums with a brush attachment are most effective.
  • When mopping tiles, don’t use too much water – this will take too long to dry and will leave you with streaks.
  • For wooden floors, use a damp mop rather than wet so as not to damage the wood or laminate.
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