How to Maintain the Freshness of Your Flooring
When it comes to household chores, cleaning can seem like constant upkeep. Whether it be dusting furniture, scrubbing windows or indeed, keeping your floors looking shiny and free from grime and other bacteria. Does this seem like a familiar list?
With all the thoroughfare of traffic, whether it be family, friends, pets or other visitors, the flooring in our homes can take a heap of damage, not to mention dirt and other mess.
However, there are ways you can maintain the fresh appeal of your floors, and how you can bring the gleam back and make them shine again.
One of the easiest and healthiest ways you can freshen up your flooring is to have it steam cleaned. With a steam mop, you can make your house sparkle with minimum effort and ease.
The process also uses pressure to lift and eliminate the dirt, grime and other potential pathogens from your surfaces. This makes steam mopping chemical-free, which suits the environment and also makes it hypoallergenic.
Another benefit of steam cleaning is that, due to the process, it can be fast-drying and it can be used on a multitude of surfaces. This means you can cover your whole house, from bedroom carpets to hardwood flooring.
While it may seem like an arduous part of the cleaning process, and one many of us wish we didn’t have to do, vacuuming your carpets, and doing so often, actually keeps it fresher and more appealing.
Moreover, do it before it truly needs it. According to Family Handyman, “Clean the carpet when the colour starts to look dull.”
If you only vacuum when the carpet is filthy, it will take more time and be much more difficult.
Trim your pets’ nails and wash the dog(s):
When trying to maintain a good floor, whether hardwood, vinyl or carpet, be mindful if you have four-legged friends.
If dealing with vinyl and hardwood, be sure to keep your pets’ nails regularly trimmed to avoid claw marks. According to moderndogmagazine.com, “Scampering about with too-long nails results in marred hardwood floors…”
Where carpet is concerned, dog fur can carry an immense amount of mud, grass and damp deep within their coat. This can be a potential nightmare of difficulty to
remove if you end up with stains in the carpet fibres.
So my advice to you is that, if they have been exploring, wash and dry your pooches outdoors before you allow them inside the house.
Use a natural approach:
Another natural alternative to cleaning your floors, particularly if you have wooden floorboards, is to use a common natural ingredient – vinegar!
According to Better Homes and Gardens, “Learning how to clean hardwood floors with vinegar will save you money on top of providing a safe cleaning method…[sic] 1/2 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of lukewarm water.”
Make sure to always do a test run to make sure it doesn’t dull your finish.
Go old school for the little things:
While it may seem overkill, the little things are how the cleaning builds up. Remembering to sweep your floors with a broom and dustpan can help prevent something tiny turning into a massive task later.
A broom and a dustpan can allow you to get the surface particles before you go deep with a vacuum or mop. Also, it can be easily used across floorboards and tiles with minimal damage to the flooring.
Now, there you are dear readers, some of the multiple ways you can bring the bright back to your floors, across many different floor types. I hope I have made your floor maintenance a little easier.