From your hardwood entryway to the warmth of your soft, plushy carpet, your home is guaranteed to have at least 3 different types of flooring. That means 3 different ways that you clean your floors, right?
Hopefully you agreed with that last statement. If not, it's good you're here!
Improperly cleaning your floors can lead to varnish and polish damage, a shorter life span for your new flooring, chemical damage to certain types of flooring, and many more negative outcomes that impact your home.
This article is your one-stop-shop for how to clean each and every type of flooring that is probably in your home!
A quick, easy read, we create this universal how-to guide to act as your newest fridge décor or bookmark on your browser - something that has everything you need without the wordiness of our usual blogs. So, let's cut to the chase:
Dab up any spill ASAP to avoid staining Use a broom, microfiber dust mop, or a vacuum with only suction (with no bristle) for general cleaning
Use a damp microfiber cloth or rag for wet cleaning
Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for laminate floors every once in a while
Wet mop Use buffing and waxing machines Steam clean All-purpose cleaner - opt for a specifically laminate-safe cleaner
Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood
Use a damp mop or microfiber cloth to clean with a wood-safe cleaner once every 2 weeks
Sweep daily - vacuum (on bare setting) at least once a week
Refresh polyurethane once a year
Let water and wet messes sit
Use harsh cleaners like:
Clean with a super wet mop - opt for damp
Clean the grout! Use 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water and scrub with an old toothbrush
Spot test your tile cleaner or DIY cleaner with 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon of water
Sweep or vacuum at least once a week
Steam clean once a year - hire a professional
Use abrasive cleaners, like bleach, or tools, like steel wool
Let spills sit! Tile has a good defense against water, but it's not indestructible
Use a gentle floor cleaner and be a gentle floor cleaner to avoid marks
Dab up spills ASAP to avoid any sticky spots
Vacuum gently - opt for a vacuum without a beater bar
Aim to sweep and dry mop once a week
Beat up your floors or clean too rough - though vinyl is durable, it's not indestructible
Use a steam cleaner
Use ammonia - it can break down your vinyl!
Use abrasive or soapy cleaners
Vacuum often - use a wet vac or steam cleaner once every 4 months
When cleaning a stain, start from the outside and work your way in to avoid spreading
Test your wet cleaner for discoloration effects on a less-visible area of your carpet
Rub a stain/spill! BLOT to avoid spreading
Let spills sit - get on them ASAP
Use abrasive cleaners like:
Bleach - will stain
Laundry detergent - ruins carpet fibers
DIY methods - stick to the proven cleaners
Use too much cleaner!
Use soft tools to clean, like microfiber cloths, mops, etc. - keep that beater bar away from cork!
Be delicate in general - cork is a sensitive floor that does not have a great defense
Use abrasive cleaners - stick to store-bought cork-safe cleaners or your DIY combo of vinegar and water
Use soaking wet cleaning materials - keep it lightly damp
Steam clean - EVER
That does it! For some specific cleaning regimens, head to our Cleaning category within our blog: