Keeping your floors clean is a point of pride for many homeowners. It can also be a huge challenge. Different flooring types respond better to different cleaning techniques. Plus, environmental concerns have highlighted how harmful some cleaners can be; and with children and pets, finding safer, green cleaning alternatives is important. So, what are the best ways to keep your floors clean? Below are some tips and tricks to keep your floors shiny and in good condition.
Shoes are Filthy
It may be obvious that your shoes, while stylish, are one of the main culprits for tracking dirt and mud into your home. So, you may want to invest in some low shelving or baskets, place them near doorways, and encourage your family and visitors alike to remove their shoes before coming inside. Aside from possibly grinding dirt or mud into your carpet, high-heeled shoes can also leave divots in hardwood floors and linoleum.
Simple is Best
While there are fancy options on the market, sometimes the best way to clean your floors is with the simplest of tools. To keep your carpet clean on a daily basis, use a silent sweeper. It’s easy to push, making it possible for your little ones to help. Also, invest in a dustpan and broom; yes, a plain old dustpan and broom. A dustpan and broom are the easiest way to keep your hardwood and linoleum floors clean.
Cleaning Products From Your Pantry
You don’t need fancy cleaners that often don’t smell very good. Instead, raid your pantry for these common household items for green cleaning options.
- Vinegar – It cleans and deodorizes, and when diluted in hot water, doesn’t actually smell that bad. Vinegar is great for tile and linoleum.
- Baking Soda
- Olive Oil and Lemon Juice – When paired together with hot water they are the perfect combination for cleaning your hardwood floors.
- Hot Water
- Essential Oils (for a little bit of fragrance) – Try lemon or citrus scents for your kitchen and lavender or pine scents for the other rooms.
Your floors are one of the biggest investments in your home. Learning how to take care of them, and adopting green cleaning techniques will keep them bright, shiny and clean for years to come. For more information about different types of flooring or to bring our mobile showroom to your doorstep, please contact Go Mobile Flooring today.