How to Clean Different Types of Flooring
When it comes to cleaning, no two types of flooring are the same. The different properties and finishes of different kinds of floor covering means that they have distinct needs when it comes to keeping them looking their best.
Whether it’s sleek marble or fluffy carpets, knowing how to treat your floors will ensure that they will continue to look attractive and last as long as possible. Have a look through our cleaning tips below for guidance on how to clean specific kinds of flooring.
Ceramic tiles are a hard-wearing flooring choice but can begin to look dull and worn without the proper care. Grotty grouting can be a particular bugbear with tiles but with good techniques and by keeping up maintenance, it shouldn’t be hard tackle.
Firstly, you should give your tiles a sweep or vacuum to remove all bits of loose debris such as dust, crumbs and hair. Once the area has been cleared, you can effectively restore the look of your tiles with a steam cleaner.
The equipment utilises water alone, meaning that it won’t leave any residue behind. The hot steam cuts through dirt, grime and product build up leaving you with clean and sanitised tiles and grouting.
A versatile and stunning material, marble graces many homes, hotels and commercial premises but, despite its strength, can actually be quite vulnerable to stains and damage. Marble is a porous material so any spillages can seep into the stone, causing permanent stains.
What’s more, acidic cleaning products can cause damage so these should be avoided. To keep marble looking fresh, it is important to keep it well covered with sealant and simply use soft mops with hot water and a gentle, pH neutral cleaning agent to keep it clean.
Hardwood floors add charm and character to any room but require care to keep them enhancing your space. Scratches to your wooden floors can make them look worn so it’s worth using floor protectors under pieces of furniture.
To keep your floor clean, vacuuming will be all you need to do on a regular basis. For a deeper clean, use a specially designed wood cleaning product every couple of months. Wood can be damaged by too much water or moisture, so it is important to only use a small amount of product on your sponge or strip head mop to avoid saturating your floors.
Linoleum floors are a low-maintenance option and are, therefore, popular in kitchens and utility rooms. Vacuuming will suffice for everyday cleaning, or mopping with hot water to clear spills and splashes.
Lino can be susceptible to heel scuffs and skids but these can easily be removed by applying a lino-specific floor wax. The wax, which can then be polished off with a damp cloth, will refresh your floors.
For soft and welcoming flooring, carpet is the ideal choice. However, the soft fibres of your carpet can cling onto dirt, and dust can become trodden into the pile. Regularly using a vacuum with good suction will lift most of the dirt.
Once or twice a year, depending on how much traffic the area receives, you should carry out a deep clean of your carpets. Carpet cleaner equipment is specifically designed to clean deep into your carpet fibres, extracting embedded dirt and reinvigorating your floors.
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