Multi-Surface Cleaning Advice
Do you own tile floors? Maybe some rugs or carpeted floors? How about hardwood ones or better yet, all of these? Here at Restoration USA, we understand that maintaining a cleaning schedule can be exhausting, especially when it comes to cleaning all the different types of floors in your home. Floor cleaning is often an exhausting task that many people try to avoid for as long as possible. We have provided you here with some floor cleaning tips to help you clean them thoroughly, no matter what type of floors you have in your home.
If you have mainly hard-surfaced floors in your home, then you probably own a rug or two. Cleaning up rugs is similar to cleaning up carpets, except it’s even easier and more cost-efficient to do on your own. We recommend that for most rugs, you use the classic vinegar, detergent, and warm water solution to spot clean them. Make sure to vacuum the rug before to remove all of the debris hidden within the carpet fibers. Once you’ve gently scrubbed the stained areas, rinse the entire rug with a hose to get all the detergent out of the rug.
Detergent and solution that is left to dry in the rug can ruin the texture of the rug and cause its own stain. To dry, hang the rug somewhere with decent airflow or lay the rug on a durable, non-carpeted floor to dry. When one side is dry, flip it over to dry the other side. Once the rug is dry, go over it with a vacuum or a dry soft-bristled brush to loosen and “fluff” the fibers.
Tile floors are especially popular in South Florida because they are more durable and resilient to water and dirt than hardwood floors are. Try to sweep or vacuum your tiles floors daily in order to loosen and remove dust and dirt that may be collected. Although tile is durable, dirt and sand that works its way into the pores of the tile and grout can be both damaging and difficult to remove when it’s set in place. For occasional maintenance, make a cleaning solution out of detergent, vinegar and warm water for you to mop with. Don’t forget you should always sweep or vacuum prior to mopping. You can also use this solution with a cloth to spot clean your tile floors.
If mopping isn’t enough, steam cleaners are a safe and effective deep-cleaning solution for tile floors. If you’re cleaning floor tile that does not have heavy stains, simply mop the floor with hot water to clean and boost its appearance. Break the floor up into sections, and after you mop one section, rinse the mop with clean water to remove any dirt. Repeat this process until the entire floor is mopped. If there are set-in stains, you can add a small amount of mild detergent or vinegar to the water and proceed to mop as usual.
Avoid using an intense cleaner as it can actually make your floor appear dirtier from chemical residue that is left behind and sticks to the tile. Just like with hardwood floors, make sure to dry the tile immediately after mopping to avoid dirt build-up and so the water doesn’t soak into the pores of the tile and grout.
Hardwood floors give your home a certain beauty and grace that can’t be matched with other types of flooring. The downside of these, however, is that they tend to require more attention and maintenance. When it comes to cleaning your hardwood floors, the process will depend on the type of finish your floors have. For wax-finished hardwood, you should avoid cleaning with any type of liquid as it can damage the floor.
Instead, dry mop, sweep or vacuum regularly to keep dirt and debris at bay. For sealed hardwood floors with urethane, polyurethane or polycrylic coating, you should mop with a mixture of mild detergent and water, just remember to sweep or vacuum beforehand to remove most of the dirt and debris. After you are done mopping, dry the floor immediately with a dry mop or cloth, just so the dust and dirt in the air don’t get drawn to your now clean floor.
Carpets provide a comfort that no other type of floor can. This is why many people keep at least their bedrooms fully carpeted. You should vacuum your carpet regularly to minimize the number of allergens and dirt that build-up. Need to spot clean your carpet to remove a stain? Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda with warm water to form a liquid and the scrub the stained area with a sponge or soft brush. Bear in mind that the mixture might be a bit pasty at first. Pet hair in the carpet that a vacuum can’t reach? Use a cheap squeegee and rake the hair right out of the carpet.
When your carpet is due for a complete shampooing, we recommend that you try using a steam cleaner instead. Shampooing your carpet is less likely to complete the job. All of the dust, dirt, and allergens are deep within the fibers. Shampooers also leave your carpets with a long drying period, which is not only inconvenient, but the moisture also catalyzes the growth of mold or mildew. Steam cleaners effectively clean your carpet with less moisture and without potentially harmful chemicals.
One Company for All
One or all of the above types of floors in your home, Restoration USA can tackle the job. Restoration USA offers thorough water extraction and cleaning services, in addition to our restoration services to South Florida. Don’t spend countless hours searching and having multiple professionals come in to complete different tasks. Just call Restoration USA of South Florida to handle any floor cleaning task you may have. The Restoration USA professionals are certified. This way, you can rest assured you will be left with a clean and healthy home. To learn more, visit our website at www.RestorationUSA.com or give us a call at (866)745 – 6428.