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:


Laminate

DO

DON'T

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

DO

DON'T

​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

Vinegar

Straight Ammonia


Clean with a super wet mop - opt for damp



Tile

DO

DON'T

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



Vinyl

DO

DON'T

​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


Carpet

DO

DON'T

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!



Cork

DO

DON'T

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:

https://www.flooritgr.com/blog/categories/cleaning-and-upkeep


Happy cleaning!


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