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The Must-Have Guide to Cleaning Every Floor

The Must-Have Guide to Cleaning Every Floor in Your Home

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:

Lemon juice


Straight Ammonia

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!

Sweep everyday

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:

Happy cleaning!


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