Life today moves at jet speed. We are continuously juggling our roles as homemakers, parents, businesspeople, office executives, caregivers and so on! After donning so many roles successfully, we have little time left for keeping our homes spick and span. A few tips on how to keep our carpets and flooring clean would make our tasks a little easier. Here we go!
Professional Tips for Cleaning Carpet
The first thing that catches our attention when we enter a living room is the carpet. Not only do we appreciate the homeowner’s taste, but we also give a thought to its upkeep.
- The first important thing is regular vacuuming. This helps you prevent loose dirt from settling in the carpet pile. To remove embedded dirt, use upright vacuum cleaners with revolving brushes.
- For loop-pile carpets, it is better to use the suction head of the vacuum cleaner, as the beater brushes might cause it to fluff.
- The experts suggest an annual steam cleaning. Either ask your dry cleaner to lend the equipment or hire the services of a cleaning company.
- The frequency of carpet cleaning depends on your surroundings. High-traffic areas require professional cleaning at least once in a couple of years.
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After a house party, wine or grease stains can be easily removed by lightly sprinkling the area with baking soda. Leave it on until it soaks up the liquid, then vacuum it.
How to Keep Your Flooring Clean and Shining
Tips for cleaning vary with different flooring materials.
How to keep natural flooring clean:
- Usually, good quality natural flooring is layered with a latex back to keep out dust or debris, thereby ensuring easy maintenance with the help of vacuuming. The best choice is to use a cylindrical vacuum cleaner that does not damage the fibers.
- You should be aware of the details of cleaning products suitable for natural fibers. Shampoo or carpet mousse may damage natural flooring, so it is better not to use them. You may ask your flooring supplier about this. For stains, apply the cleaning solution immediately, before the stain sets.
- Stain inhibitor protects natural flooring and enhances its longevity. The best quality natural flooring comes with such inhibitor solutions that act as an additional protective covering.
- Before hiring a proficient cleaning service, ask for suggestions from your retailer. Ensure that the cleaning service implements a dry-cleaning system rather than a wet one.
How to keep wooden flooring clean:
- Regular sweeping and weekly mopping will help you keep a shining wooden floor. For sweeping, a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment is the ideal equipment. And when you mop, use a well-wrung mop and a good quality soap made for wooden flooring. Do not let the water stay on the floor for a long time, as this will contribute to fast damage of the wood.
- Rather than cleaning waxed boards with water, it is better to polish them and improve the patina. With the help of white spirit, the dirty wax build-up can be removed. Within a regular interval, re-wax the boards. Apply lacquer or oil reviver for treating engineered boards.
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- Scuff marks on wooden flooring can be removed with the help of a pencil eraser.
- Use a dry cloth dipped in lemon oil for mopping natural or waxed wooden flooring. This will bring back the natural color. Please keep in mind that this procedure should not be applied on a varnished wooden floor.
How to keep laminated flooring clean:
- A regular sweeping works best with laminated flooring. You may also mop the floor, but do not drench it.
- Regular cleaning agents are quite effective for removing stains, except those from lipstick, permanent marker or ink. Here, acetone will work effectively.
- Do not let a liquid stain remain on laminated flooring for too long; remove it as quickly as possible. A scouring pad is a strict no-no for stain removal.
How to keep stone flooring clean:
- When you buy stone flooring from a reputed retailer, it is expected that the stone pieces will be treated with industrial sealant agents. For example, slate or terracotta flooring materials are treated with linseed oil. As sealant agents have an expiration period, regular re-sealing treatments should be performed to keep the floor in its best shape. Sealed stone flooring should be cleaned with mild detergent and a soft cloth.
- Acidic spills should be cleaned up immediately.
- For reconstituted stone, first use a stain inhibitor to seal it, and then treat it with a water-resistant sealant. The re-sealing task should be repeated every couple of years. You should heed the care advice offered by your stone supplier.
How to keep ceramic tiles clean:
- There is no need of a sealant treatment for your ceramic tiles. A simple solution of water and mild detergent will serve the purpose of cleaning. You can wet-mop the floor without worry and dry-mop it with a soft cloth for preventing streaks.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents, which might leave scratch marks.
How to keep floors made of slate/flagstone/limestone clean:
- Before you buy a cleaning agent for floors made of slate, flagstone or limestone, it is best to ask the retailer or manufacturer which product is best. Meanwhile, water mixed with fabric softener or an all-purpose cleaning agent are effective ways to keep the floor bright and free of germs.
- Avoid stains by mopping away any spilled liquids immediately.
- After a spot-test, treat stubborn stains with white spirit.
How to keep floors made of rubber/vinyl/linoleum clean:
- As rubber, vinyl and linoleum are themselves sturdy materials, their process of upkeep is simpler. The extent of maintenance heavily depends on your lifestyle and the flooring color.
- Settled dust might leave scratch marks on your floor when it walked on. Therefore, regular sweeping is mandatory. In addition, weekly mopping with clear water or a solution made of a recommended cleaning agent or mild detergent and water could be done.
- A scouring pad used for cleaning nonstick cookware is ideal for removing scuff marks on the floor.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents, which might dull your floor. Silicone-based products, spray polishes and white spirit can make your floor slippery. It is better to not apply them on your floor if you have children or disabled or senior members of your family.
Floor and carpet cleaning help bring a cheerful atmosphere to your home. Given the festive season knocking at the door, it is high time to get your home equipment ready and start cleaning.