Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the flowers are growing, and cold weather is finally on its way out. Your floors have likely taken a beating this winter, with all of the rain and snow you may have tracked in. Once or twice a year, it is good practice to give your floor a little tender loving care with a deep cleaning. Spring Cleaning is also a great reason to move your furniture around and clean the forgotten parts of your floor or even try a new layout. Either way, we have you covered. Regardless of the material of your floor, there is a preferred method of deep cleaning. Properly cleaning your floor will make sure it maintains its beauty for years to come. Here are a few tips to start your Spring Cleaning off right, from the bottom up, and maintain your flooring throughout the year!
Hardwood can be a tricky material to care for, but its beauty is endless. Since it is a natural product, it requires a gentle approach to its care. Water is the enemy of hardwood and should be used minimally since it can remove the finish and leave raw wood that is easily damaged. Harsh treatments or chemicals should be avoided. If you happen to find any scratches, don’t panic! Simply find a crayon that is the color of the wood and fill in the gap or scratch. Then, turn a blow dryer on where the crayon was applied, and buff the area with a soft/microfiber cloth. If you have some deeper scratches, sanding and/or refinishing your floor (every 3 to 5 years) will completely remove the old protective finish and can repair this damage. Here are a few additional tips:
- Use a soft broom or microfiber mop to remove dust.
- If vacuuming, make sure it has a “hardwood” or “bare floor” setting to avoid scraping floors.
- Use cleaning products specifically made for hardwood
- Do not wet-mop or steam mop. Remember, water is the enemy!
- Wipe up liquid spills immediately.
- Avoid walking on floor with pointed shoes like cleats or high heels.
Vinyl flooring is made entirely from plastics bonded together, making it extremely durable, easy to clean, and water-resistant. It does not require particularly gentle treatment, but tough stains may require a specialty vinyl flooring cleaner. To avoid these, clean up any spills or accidents immediately. It is important to remember when deep cleaning your vinyl floor, do not drench it. This could potentially destroy the glue bond that holds down the vinyl, causing the corners to curl or it to become loose. Here are a few additional tips:
- Sweep, vacuum, and dust regularly to avoid ground-in dirt.
- Use shampoo to get rid of hairspray buildup.
- Use a damp mop with warm (not hot) water.
- Rinse well to remove cleaning product residue.
- While Spring Cleaning, outfit your furniture and appliances with protective “feet”.
Tile is the easiest flooring type to keep clean. Try to sweep and mop regularly to remove dirt and keep floors in great condition. Before deep cleaning, always clean up loose debris first by sweeping or vacuuming, as sand and grit can dull the glazed surfaces. Be sure to pay special attention to the grout. Use a specialty cleaner to remove pesky dirt and consider using a sealer to avoid any grout discoloration or staining. A good household trick for removing grout stains is to use a pencil eraser. Simply run a pink or white pencil eraser over the stain until it is removed. If that doesn’t work, try baking soda, warm water, and a toothbrush. Here are a few additional tips:
- Easiest to clean with an all-purpose household cleanser.
- Use microfiber duster for everyday dirt removal.
- Deep clean occasionally with a wet mop.
- Steam cleaner can be used for the deepest clean.
- Use specialty cleaner and a soft bristle brush on grout lines.
As with any other flooring, it is best to keep up with maintenance throughout the year. But that’s okay if you didn’t, Spring Cleaning is the best time to start! Maintaining your carpet properly can last twice as long. First step for cleaning your carpet is choosing a good quality vacuum and keeping the vacuum filter clean. This can really cut down the time it takes to clean, and will also help prevent buildup of dirt, dust, pet fur, etc. throughout the year. Here are a few additional tips:
- Spring is the perfect time to get your carpet professionally cleaned, which we recommend doing every 6 to 12 months.
- After cleaning, mats at the entrance of carpeted areas and area rugs will help to absorb moisture and prevent dirt.
- Vacuum at the correct speed. If you go too fast, you will not get the dirt deep down in the carpet.
- When steam cleaning or using any sort of moisture to clean your carpets, be sure to let it dry thoroughly.
- Do not use too much moisture when cleaning your carpet.
Laminate is constructed of multiple layers of material bonded together. The top ‘wear’ layer allows for easy cleaning and increased durability for everyday use. However, laminate types containing wood as one of the layers can swell or warp when exposed to water, so it is important to not use too much water when deep cleaning. If spills occur, be sure to wipe them up immediately! Here are a few additional tips:
- Use a dust mop or vacuum frequently to avoid stubborn dirt. Regular brooms may leave behind particles, which may leave streak and residue.
- Use a damp mop with warm water and avoid pine-scented cleaners.
- Do not drag heavy or sharp objects which can gouge the surface.
- Protect your floor by using mats at entrance points, protective floor pads on the bottom on furniture.
- Use vinegar or a mild detergent if you need more cleaning power.