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Deep Clean Your Floors Safely
Before You Start
One of the last steps in our Spring Deep Cleaning is, of course, getting the floors sparkling clean. Before we do that, do a quick run-through of the house, picking up and putting away things that are out of place. If needed, start a load of laundry. Then, let’s make a couple of decisions before we dive into the mop bucket, so to speak!
Prepare Your Floor for Spring Cleaning
In order to really deep clean any floor, remove as many obstacles as possible before beginning. What am I referring to? Well, people, furniture, odd things sitting around on the floors such as boxes or baskets, and so on — these are all going to get in the way.
If you don’t have anyone to help move furniture, however, removing all the obstacles may be impossible. In that case, you should simply do the best you can. Clean the areas you can get to, then go have tea or whatever. Don’t worry about what is impossible.
Deep Clean Carpeted Floors
Also, do you have a home carpet cleaner? You can rent one. But if you are wanting a super cleaning for your carpets, you might want to check out the professional carpet cleaners in your area.
Peruse reviews and the Better Business Bureau’s records to find a really good one. Their services can make a major difference in your carpet’s appearance. This could save you time, but, of course, their services come at a price. If it’s in your budget, though, it is really the way to go.
If you want to do it yourself (or your budget so dictates), start with a thorough vacuuming. Hit all the spots you tend to skip, like the baseboards, the edges, under the furniture, and anywhere else you keep telling yourself that “no one ever walks there anyway”.
Look for stains, and, if you find them, test and then use a commercial stain cleaner such as Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover or Hoover PetPlus Concentrated Formula to remove the stains.
Next, you will use your steam cleaner as directed in the instructions. Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly before walking on it very much. If this is really unlikely or impossible, you can lay down clean sheets to walk on. It does make for more laundry afterwards, though. Doesn’t everything?
Keep Your Wood Floors Sparkling Clean
To clean hardwood floors, you need to know whether the finish is polyurethane or wax. If you’re not sure, rub the surface of your wood floor with your finger. If the floor appears smudged, it’s likely to be waxed. To keep waxed hardwood floors clean, they should be swept or dust mopped regularly. Do not use wet mops on your wood floors.
If you want to clean a hardwood floor with a polyurethaned surface, use water plus a bit of a mild soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (Baby Unscented) OR (Sal Suds) to mop with a damp mop. Be sure to wring out the mop thoroughly to protect the wood.
Easy Clean Your Laminate Floors
If your floors are laminate, please remember: it’s very important to keep water from getting underneath the planks. You should dry mop or vacuum laminate floors on tile mode (as opposed to carpet) so that the beater bar is raised. Otherwise, it will beat dents into your flooring.
Then you will spot-clean your laminate floors with a barely damp mop, using the same mixture as above. You probably could get away with using a wet Swiffer, also.
Clean Sealed Concrete Floors Easily
Sealed concrete floors can be cared for and cleaned exactly like laminate floors. Just know that they need to be resealed every three to four years.
Clean Your Bamboo Floors Carefully
If your floors are made of bamboo, you must be extra careful regarding keeping dirt and debris removed. Sweep with a soft bristled broom. Wash your bamboo floors just like you would wash sealed wood floors. Dry with a dry microfiber cloth.