How To Keep Your Floors Sparkling Clean

After tidying, dusting & vacuuming, there"s just one cleaning job left: cleaning the floor. But not all floors should be cleaned in the same way, and using the wrong products & method could be doing more harm than good.

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Whether you have laminate flooring or carpet, here"s how lớn keep your floors sparkling clean.


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How bởi I keep my floors clean for longer?

Dust, dirt & grime can build up quickly, và prevention is better than cure. By using doormats at entrances, taking your shoes off when you enter the house & grooming pets outdoors, you can prevent having khổng lồ vacuum as often. Immediately wipe up any spills, especially on porous surfaces lượt thích marble.

Unfortunately though, we all still have khổng lồ clean eventually!

What is the best way to lớn clean floors?

Carefully consider the surface you are cleaning, to avoid doing any damage. Once you know what material you are dealing with, you can follow our handy guide:

How to clean laminate floors

Vacuum, dust or wipe with a lightly dampened mop – never use soap-based detergents, as they can leave a dull film on the floor, và avoid over-wetting. Don’t use wax polish either, as this will make the floor slippery.

To remove marks and stains, use a dilute solution of water and vinegar. Don"t be tempted to lớn use abrasive cleaners, such as nylon scouring pads or steel wool, as they can scratch laminate.

Stubborn marks, such as shoe polish, can be removed with nail polish remover containing acetone, or other mild solvents. Trusty old WD-40 is also effective.

To protect the floor, put felt pads underneath furniture legs và drip trays under plant pots.

GHI Tip: Vacuum or sweep all types of hard floors regularly to prevent the surface being scratched by grit, và remove shoes at the front door.

How to lớn clean ceramic và quarry tiles

Thankfully, these need minimal maintenance! Sweep and wash with a mild detergent solution, before rinsing with clean water. Never use wax polish – the tiles will become slippery.

You could also try a steam cleaner. They"re are a quick & effective option for cleaning sealed floors & tiles, and they only need water lớn get the job done.


How to clean terracotta tiles

For the first year after installation, terracotta tiles mature. Most floor suppliers stock a special cleaner, sealant and polish lớn use on terracotta tiles, so be sure you use the products recommended on yours.

How lớn clean vinyl

Sweep with a soft brush or vacuum, then wipe with a damp mop, using a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly after wiping. To lớn remove scuff marks, use a cloth dipped in neat washing-up liquid or white spirit, then rinse off.

How to clean cork

Wipe factory-sealed cork tiles with a damp mop, using a washing-up liquid solution. For an extra layer of protection, especially in high-traffic areas like the bathroom and kitchen, apply an acrylic or polyurethane sealant.

Never over-wet cork floors, and take care not khổng lồ damage the seal or protective coatings by dragging appliances or furniture across them.

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GHI Tip: Scuff marks on your skirting boards? Squirt them with WD-40 & wipe them away with a soft cloth.

How to lớn clean wooden floors

Sealed floors need only khổng lồ be swept & damp-mopped. Don"t use too much water or the wood could swell and split.

Unsealed and waxed floors should be swept regularly và occasionally re-polished. Use wax sparingly, as any excess will leave a tacky residue và attract dirt, then buff well. Should worn patches appear on the surface, apply a non-slip floor polish.

On a waxed floor, polish and dirt builds up over time. The only way to lớn clean it is khổng lồ remove the wax and start again. Use a cloth moistened with white spirit. Let it soak in, and as the wax and dirt begin to dissolve, wipe it away with crumpled newspaper. Scrub obstinate parts by hand, or with abrasive pads on a floor polisher.

Once all of the polish has been removed, damp-mop with clean water. Leave it to lớn dry completely before applying new polish, one small section at a time.

For protecting your wooden or parquet flooring, we recommend Dr Beckmann Hardwood và Parquet Floor Cleaner. It nourished our boards and brought slightly faded ones back to life.

GHI Tip: Never varnish a waxed floor – it won"t dry!

​How khổng lồ clean linoleum

Sweep or vacuum khổng lồ remove grit and dust. Clean with a mop or cloth dampened with a floor cleaner or detergent solution. Use water sparingly. Rinse after washing.

Stubborn marks can be removed by rubbing lightly with a dampened fine nylon pad.

How khổng lồ clean stone

Stone is susceptible to staining, so it should always be protected with a resin sealant. To lớn clean sealed stone, vacuum it thoroughly, before mopping with a mild detergent solution.

To remove grease or oil, use a proprietary spot-treatment stain remover for stone.

How khổng lồ clean carpet

If you own a carpet cleaning machine, this is the best way to clean your floor. If not, you can still bởi vì a good job without one.

Start by spot-treating any stains. We like the Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover for removing stains. Simply use it according lớn the manufacturer"s instructions, but remember that it"s always best to target stains quickly. The longer you leave before removing a stain, the harder it will be.

Next, you"ll want to tackle the carpet with your vacuum. Once you"ve been over it once, use your vacuum accessories lớn clean hard-to-reach areas. Use the crevice tool to vacuum the edges of your carpet và under radiators - this will help khổng lồ prevent black lines forming around the skirting board. If your carpet is particularly thick, use the turbo brush (or power brush) to collect stubborn dirt & pet hairs.

GHI Tip: Remove any annoying indents và impression marks left by furniture by rubbing an ice cube over the affected area.