If you have nice floors throughout your home, then you need to give them the respect that they deserve, or they will get tatty and look terrible. Wood flooring is a difficult beast to keep under control, but carpets and tiled floors are relatively easy to keep well. In fact, anything is easy if you know how, so look over the following tips for some ideas about how to look after certain materials that floors can be made up of.
Carpets - Get them professionally cleaned twice a year. This could be a professional carpet cleaner coming round to give you advice on what you need, or you could just have them dry clean the whole thing. It’s up to you. Dry cleaning is pretty expensive though, so it can be worth hearing about what the possibilities are. A decent carpet shampoo will work wonders, but it can leave a little residue in there which attracts dirt. Steam cleaning can potentially leave your carpet a little damper than you would have wanted, and this is likely to end up giving you a moldy carpet! Vacuum your carpets every couple of days, and ensure that any stains are kept wet and dealt with as soon as possible, to avoid staining blighting the nice clean surface of your floor.
Wooden floors - Wood flooring can come in all shapes and sizes, but they will all usually need vacuuming and then mopping. You can get specialist wood floor cleaning fluid for the mop bucket, so ensure that you read up on what kinds of cleaning products are OK for your wood floors, as otherwise you could easily make a couple of costly mistakes! The fact of the matter is that you need to be sure that you are not letting your potentially delicate wood floor react with the wrong substance, as that can be a nightmare.
Tiled floors - If you are lucky enough to have a tiled bathroom or kitchen, then a little sweep and mop every now and again will do you a world of good. Hats all you really need, as ceramic tiles are very good at resisting staining. If you cave specialist ceramic tiles that might be a little porous, then be careful, and take advice form the manufacturer as to how to clean them effectively. Soaping up a stiff broom is a great way to ensure that you get rid of any dirt between tiles as well, so look out for any that needs picking out!
Concrete flooring - many modern homes have polished concrete floors, which look amazing. These surfaces can vary in terms of how sealed they are, so always check with whoever laid the floor as to how to clean it. A properly slick polished floor will likely just need a sweep and a mop, which is easy!
Specialist stone floors - Some houses that really go in on luxury will have marble, slate or granite flooring, which needs to be cleaned specially. There are particular stone cleaners for the right materials, and it is up to you to ensure that you are using the right one. Do not go in gung-ho with the mop and bucket until you are completely confident that you are using the right stuff, as even normal soap products can dull or erode some stones used in flooring and kitchen surfaces.
Basically, you need to check with a professional domestic cleaning service if you are unsure. An experienced floor cleaning service will be able to let you know how to proceed and even do the work for you!