How to Clean Dirty Floors: Tips and Care

How to Clean Dirty Floors: Tips and Care

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The floor is the most difficult part of the house to keep clean because we are constantly in contact with it and we can bring dirt from other places to the floor.

That’s why it’s so important to keep it sanitized, doing constant cleaning. If your floor is grimy, don’t worry either! We’ve selected some tips on how to clean your grimy floor to make you look new again.

Correct cleaning of each type of dirty floor

Cleaning the floor seems to be a very easy thing, doesn’t it? But many people end up making mistakes when carrying out this cleaning.

This is because each type of floor requires a different cleaning, as there are a multitude of different materials that cannot be cleaned in the same way.

Each of these types of flooring has to be given special attention, with specific care. And that’s why we’ve separated tips for you to know how to clean the grimy floor of some of these materials.

Laminate

Laminates are like an adhesive that imitates wood and to be able to clean it accurately it is important to know the thickness of this floor, because the thinner, the less resistant it is.

An important point: never use water to clean a laminate floor. As dirty as it may be, if you use water to clean it, it will end up damaging your floor.

Laminate in the living room, in dark wood tones and with discreet grains.

Laminate flooring requires care when cleaning.

The ideal for cleaning is to look for stain removal products specific to this type of floor and prepare a mixture with detergent and water in a bucket.

As excess water can damage your floor, wring out the cloth very well before wiping it on your floor. The cloth should only be damp and you should rub it lightly without rubbing.

Wood

Hardwood floors are hard to get grimy, but you still need to clean them.

For faster cleaning, a broom with soft bristles or a vacuum cleaner will solve the problem. Now, when you are going to carry out a heavier cleaning, be careful to take some precautions.

Hardwood floor in dark tones. On the wall, the bricks make a good composition in the decoration.

The wooden floor should be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth.

This floor cannot be cleaned by pouring water either, so in a bucket, mix equal parts water and mild detergent, dampen a soft cloth with this mixture, and wipe your wooden floor.

Remember to make your room airy to help dry the water droplets. If your cloth is very wet, after passing it on the floor, use another dry cloth right after, to remove excess water and not damage your floor.

Marble

As it is a porous material, marble has a high capacity to absorb any product, so what you will use is neutral detergent or coconut and water only.

White marble floor with gray veins. Sensitive material and color that require care so that the floor does not become grimy.

The marble floor is sensitive and requires special care.

Mix a cap of detergent in 5 liters of water. Dip a cloth into this mixture, wring it out, and rub it all over the floor, but not too hard. Repeat this process as many times as necessary to clean your wooden floor.

Finally, you can let your floor dry naturally, as long as the house is well ventilated, or you can dry it with a dry cloth.

Porcelain

For this type of floor, we will divide the areas into two parts: bedroom and living room and kitchen and bathroom.

In the first situation, you can prepare a mixture of water, bleach, and washing powder. Dip a cloth in this mixture, wring it out, leaving it just moistened, and sweep it all over your floor with a squeegee.

Kitchen with light and polished porcelain floor, reflecting the light from the balcony.

The porcelain floor can receive bleach.

In the second, moisten the cloth with detergent or degreaser to remove the stains and, after carrying out this process, wipe the cloth with a mixture of water, bleach and washing powder, just like the previous one.

As the porcelain tile is already a smoother floor, it is even smoother when it is wet, so it is recommended that, after cleaning, you wipe the water with a dry cloth, thus avoiding possible accidents.

Stone

Stone is also a porous material, that is, it is not recommended to pour water directly on the floor or even use more abrasive products.

So, in order to clean your stone floor, you can make a mixture of water and mild detergent; and one option to make the floor shinier is to add three more tablespoons of white vinegar.

Stone outdoors, in tones and colors ranging from gray to beige.

To clean a grimy stone floor, scrub a lot.

Unlike other types of flooring, this one can and should be scrubbed, using a broom or a brush with stiffer bristles.

To carry out this cleaning, soak your broom or brush in this mixture and rub it on the floor, especially on stains that are harder to get off.

Finish this process with a cloth dampened with water to remove the soap and let it dry on its own, as long as the room is well ventilated.

Care to be taken when cleaning grimy floors

Now that you know how to clean each type of floor, let’s show you some sanitizing precautions to extend the life of your floor.

Read all labels

If you have chosen to use any chemical product to remove dirt, it is extremely important that you read the label to verify all directions for use and in which materials it is not recommended to use the product.

The manufacturer of your own floor also puts the guidelines of which products can be used or not for cleaning.

Avoid abrasive products to clean the floor

The ideal is not to use abrasive products, as they can damage the floor and not remove stains. But if it is extremely necessary to use these, apply a small amount, diluted in water.

Wear protective gloves and masks 

Protective gloves and masks are important during cleaning to avoid allergies that may be caused by the products used.

With all these tips, you are now able to do a good cleaning on your floor without damaging it. Interested in knowing more about floors? Check out our article about the difference between ceramic and porcelain.

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