While cleaning floors is not an idea of fun, it is important to keep your home clean and hygienic. Floor cleaning is more than just mopping with soapy water whenever the floor looks dirty. Even though tile and flooring materials are designed to be durable, one needs to know how to maintain them well. Here are some cleaning mistakes to avoid to keep your floors immaculate in the right manner:
Not preparing your floors before mopping
Make a plan before you start cleaning, and adhere to it. Before you mop, clear the floor of any pets, carpets, rugs, or furniture. Then, sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly. Only then should you begin to mop. Mopping without doing so could make it dirty faster, further spreading the dirt and resulting in repetitive cleaning.
Using too much water
Although steam is one of the most harmless cleaning tools, it can cause damage if your home has hardwood floors. Check that your floor is resistant to steam or water before cleaning.
Using the wrong chemicals
Like water can damage hardwood floors, some abrasive chemicals can also ruin other flooring materials. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of the contents of your cleaning products and how they react to the materials in your home. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, as they can discolor, dull, and deteriorate the floor’s finishing. Vinegar-based cleaners have high levels of acid, which can damage flooring veneers. When using chemical-based cleaning products, use the dilution proportions suggested by the manufacturer.
Not cleaning your cleaning equipment
Using one mop across all areas of your house can cause cross-contamination. It is best to use separate rags or cleaning products across all areas of your home. Additionally, clean the mop heads, cleaning cloths, and scrubbing brushes regularly to avoid spreading germs and dirt.
Leaving streaks on the floor after cleaning
If you have glossy floors, remember to use a clean cloth after mopping. This will help you get rid of any streaks (of water or product) and make your house appear cleaner.
To clean your floors well, it is important to remember the material they are made from and what works best for them. Invest in the right cleaning supplies to get the best results and keep your home clean and hygienic.