Spring is just around the corner and there’s no better way to welcome the new season than by giving your home a spring clean to get it lovely and fresh. This is a great opportunity to give your floors a thorough cleanse, whether you’ve got carpet, laminate, engineered wood or vinyl, your flooring can be given a new lease of life.
A deep clean for your floor is not the same as your daily sweep or weekly mop – it is about getting into all the corners, and taking more time to completely eradicate dust, dirt and other allergens that general cleaning tends to miss.
Your floor is an investment that you should try to protect, and taking care of it will not only keep it looking good, it will also last longer. Here are some tips on how to clean different types of flooring:
How to clean laminate flooring
Your first step in cleaning laminate flooring is to use a dry mop to get rid of any dust and dirt. Next fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild laminate-safe cleaner.
Lightly dampen a towel or a mop in only a small amount of the cleaning solution – you can keep topping up with more whenever you need to. The most important thing to remember with laminate flooring is that less liquid is actually better, even when it comes to deeper cleaning.
When you have cleaned the whole area, take a soft cloth and make sure that the floor is totally dry. Laminate floors are prone to water marks more than any other, so drying them is as important as the clean itself.
If you have wood effect laminate flooring make sure to wipe in the in the direction of the planks to ensure that you catch all the dirt that collects between the grooves.
How to clean engineered wood flooring
You just always sweep or hoover your wooden floors first to remove any loose dirt that could scratch it during a deeper clean.
Add a wood-safe cleaner to a bucket of (not too hot) warm water and stir thoroughly. Make sure the mop is as dry as it possibly can be – it should never be dripping wet, and then use even strokes to wash the wood, remembering to rinse out the mop regularly to make sure it is always clean.
Following this, to ensure all traces of cleaning fluid have gone, take a bucket of warm water and mop again. It is really important to dry the wood with a soft cloth, and buff with a towel to make it shine. Absolutely no liquid should be left on engineered wood flooring as it can cause permanent damage.Deep cleaning your wooden floor regularly can help protect if from permanent scrapes and scratches.
How to clean carpets
Carpets in busy homes are subjected to all kinds of day-to-day mess; muddy shoes, pets and spillages can all take their toll and eventually build up, causing them to look stained, old and potentially even smell a little. Routine cleaning is important but a really deep clean is an absolute must if you want to get into the base of the pile to remove all the dirt and germs.
The best way to clean your carpet is with a steam cleaner. You could either hire a machine and have a go yourself, or call a professional to come in and do it for you.
How to clean vinyl flooring
Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option because it requires little maintenance. However, it still benefits from a more intense clean from time to time. Firstly, prepare the area by sweeping or hoovering away any surface dirt. Then use a vinyl-safe cleaner and scrub the floor with a soft cloth. You can treat vinyl flooring with lemon juice, and use isopropyl alcohol for really stubborn stains.
No matter which type of flooring you have in your home, little and often wins the race in preparation for your deep clean. If you make sure that you don’t allow a large build up of dirt and dust to accumulate, you are in a much better position to reach all the hidden spots when you start your big spring clean.
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