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Floor Cleaning Services: Tips on How to Clean Different Types of Floor

Floor Cleaning Services: Tips on How to Clean Different Types of Floor

There are several different types of floor material used in buildings with each type requiring special cleaning treatment to ensure each floor type is cleaned effectively to maintain the appearance and safety of the floor and raise the overall standard of your office.

Part of learning how to clean wood floors is understanding that wood is a natural material and so you’ll want to avoid any cleaners that aren’t pH-neutral. This typically means avoiding some homemade cleaners as well such as apple cider vinegar which has acidic properties. One of the easiest ways to clean a hardwood floor is just with some soap and water.

Always sweep the floor first before you start cleaning. The loose dirt can get caught in the floor and cause damage over time, including scratching the wood and leaving it permanently marked.

When you mop your hardwood floor after sweeping and hoovering, make sure you don’t have too much water on the mop as the liquid will get absorbed by the wood and cause swelling. Similarly, try to wipe up any spills as soon as possible to avoid them seeping into the wood and causing it to become permanently stained.

When you’ve finished cleaning the floor, try to have a dry mop on hand to wipe away any excess water, and use fans if you can accelerate the drying time.

Try to clean your hardwood floor at least a couple of times a week. Take care of your floor in between cleanings by putting floor protectors on your furniture to avoid scuffing.

Regularly sweeping and hoovering your floor while mopping every couple of months will allow you to keep the dirt levels on your laminate flooring down. Laminate floors can scratch easily so take care with grains of dirt, scuff marks from shoes or furniture, and anything else that has an abrasive surface.

Like with hardwood floors, spills and liquids can damage laminate floors if left unattended so make sure to mop up any spills as they happen and keep your laminate floors as dry as possible.

Using too much water while mopping can lead to the floor absorbing the water and causing swelling or bubbling that will ruin the effect of your laminate floor and leave your office looking unprofessional.

Regular soap and water is your best option for cleaning a laminate floor. Avoid cleaning products with oil in them as they can cause streaks and don’t use wax or polish as they will dull the shiny effect of the laminate.

Remember if you are wiping or mopping your floor use micro-fibre materials as these are less abrasive and are safer to use on a laminate surface to avoid damage and keep your office looking its best.

Remember to use a chamois mop as they absorb water well, cleaning the tiles effectively and making sure they’re not slippery. This will help to protect people from having accidents and make your office safer.

Try not to use sponge mops as this will push the dirty soap and water into the grout lines between the tiles. Keeping the grout around tiles clean is important as it helps to prevent dirt and mildew from building up.

You can clean grout by pouring a little rubbing alcohol on it. Let it rest for a little bit and then wipe it down with a microfibre cloth. Don’t use any harsh chemicals that aren’t pH-neutral as this can cause the grout to break down and it can be costly to replace.

You should also remember that with different tile materials, there will be different cleaning methods. Ceramic and porcelain tiles will require sweeping to avoid the surface getting dulled by dirt and when drying the tiles after washing, you should always check for any leftover soap residue that can make the tiles look hazy and affect the appearance of your floor.

Meanwhile, natural stone tiles will need a lot of care to ensure they’re not damaged by harsh chemicals. Make sure your slate and marble tiles are washed with gentle soaps and dried with soft material to avoid marring the stone with scratches.

Often, you’ll find the best way to clean floors is to use as mild a detergent as possible to avoid the risk of damaging the surface. The damaged floor can affect the overall appearance and reputation of your office as well as pose a potential health and safety risk to employees and customers. Make sure to stay on top of the best methods to clean your floors to make your office a safer and happier place.

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