Frequency and Methods of Floor Cleaning and Maintenance
If you were wondering about the frequency and methods of floor cleaning and maintenance, this post will tell you a lot. The floor of your home is one of the hardest working parts of you home, when you think about it. It’s always there! You can’t move it. It gets walked on and appliances are installed (most likely) on top of it. Your pets live and lay on it, and your kids play on it. Your beds are kept on it, and your kitchen table is on it, too. Your floor does so much for you and your family! That is all the more reason to return the love by maintaining it and keeping it clean through regular maintenance and floor cleaning.
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During the year…
Clean your hard floor.
- Ideally, you should take a broom (vacuum, if your floor can handle it, or even a dry mop) and sweep up all the dirt and debris created from the day, each day, but weekly at the minimum.
- Pay attention to the edges, corners, and under any cabinets/tables/furniture/appliances, where dirt and debris can get trapped. If a vacuum, dry mop, or broom can’t handle those hard-to-reach areas, use a duster.
- Once you have given your floor a thorough cleaning of the dirt and debris, you can move on to the main event- MOPPING! Grab your favorite mop and a bucket of sudsy soap and water and scrub, scrub, scrub!
- For hardwood and laminate floors, wring out your mop because you don’t want to soak it. Using too much water/liquid on your hardwood and laminate flooring-especially letting it sit in one spot- can damage it.
- Tip: You can sweep your floor more often (i.e. daily) than you mop your floor (i.e. weekly).
- Optional- you can also use a steam mop- on certain floors, like linoleum and tile- for a final touch, since the steam mop will do any extra sanitizing for you (rule of thumb- clean first, then sanitize). You can make this a weekly or monthly part of your cleaning routine.
Clean your carpeted floor.
- Vacuuming your carpeted areas should also be done at least once a week. Once a day, or every other day is great, but definitely add it to your weekly rotation, if you don’t have time for daily/every other day vacuuming.
- Pick up any big items up off the floor to avoid jamming your vacuum.
- Run the vacuum over the floor until it’s nice and clean.
- Once a year, you should give your carpet a good steam cleaning with a professional carpet cleaner near you. We’re sure your carpet will thank you!
Maintenance Of Different Types Of Flooring
Below, you will learn important maintenance of various types of flooring ranging from hard floors to carpeting. As you know, frequency and methods of floor cleaning varies depending on surface and the level of floor cleaning needed. Read on to learn more.
Hard Floor Maintenance
- Something to remember for all of your hard floors is to keep rugs/door mats near doors- preferably inside and outside. This will help catch a good bit of dirt that gets on your shoes outside.
- Also, remove your shoes (and have others do the same), when you (and the others) enter your house. This helps the dirt from the bottom of your shoes stay near the door. You can have a shoe rack or mat near the doors to help give a friendly hint to all who enter to leave their shoes (and their dirt) at the door.
- Don’t forget to give those rugs and doormats a cleaning once in a while, too.
- For hardwood floors, in addition to the regular sweeping and mopping in your weekly floor cleaning routine, you should…
- Look for a cleaner that is specially made for cleaning hardwood floors- extra brownie points if you can find the cleaner recommended by the hardwood floor company where you got it. Follow the directions on the label.
- If you feel like it is taking too long to dry, you can use a ceiling fan to help it dry faster, or a box fan. Though it shouldn’t be too long, if you keep the mop wrung and dampened.
- Get to any spills immediately.
- Consider putting felt protectors on the feet of each piece of furniture, if you have furniture directly on your hardwood floor.
- Regularly trim pet nails. While you likely do this anyways for the benefit of your pet (and perhaps you and your family), it is a good idea to help keep your pet from marking up your hardwood floor.
- For tile floors, in addition to the regular sweeping, mopping, and optional sanitizing, you should…
- Check the grout every so often, and repair/touch up as needed.
- Add some rugs or doormats. This will help catch some of the yucky dirt. Give these a cleaning every month or so.
- Clean up any mishaps quickly. Some liquids can stain your grout and no one likes that!
- For linoleum floors, you should sweep and mop regularly, but you should also…
- Use a vacuum, as necessary.
- Clean up any spills, when they happen.
- Add a rug/door mat. Linoleum is pretty low maintenance, but rugs and door mats help lessen the amount of dirt and debris that you’ll find on the floor, in general.
- For laminate floors, while these are bit more affordable (and still give a nice look), they have a few similarities to hardwood floors, so you should…
- Use a soft bristle broom, dust mop (this is normally pretty soft), or a vacuum attachment without a beater bar/rotating brush to sweep the floor and complete effective floor cleaning.
- Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent marks on this floor, too.
- Use a damp mop (wring it out first or use something like a microfiber or spin mop) to clean this floor. Laminate and excessive amounts of water do NOT go well together.
- Rugs and doormats are good for this floor, too.
- Avoid anything abrasive to clean them, as well as waxes and polishes.
Carpeted Floor Maintenance
- Vacuum regularly.
- Clean up spills as quickly as possible.
- Steam clean carpeted floors once a year or have them done professionally using carpet cleaning services.
Take care of your home and business with regular floor cleaning and maintenance. It will help make your floors (hard and carpeted) last longer.
In addition, you can call upon a reputable cleaning company located in your area. Cleaning World, Inc. is a top rated NJ commercial cleaning services. If you are located in New Jersey, you should give them a call. You can visit their business listing here as well.
In addition to this, you and your family will be able to relax knowing your floors are clean and in good repair. Hope you enjoyed these tips for the frequency and methods for cleaning and maintaining your floors!