Floor Cleaning Guide

Floor Cleaning Guide

Let us explore some common surfaces & how to clean them with natural DIY products that will not damage your health & environment let alone your floor!

 

Wooden

You are cleaning the 'seal' that covers the wood & not the wood directly. Try & avoid water as much as possible & if you do use it, spray lightly & wipe dry immediately. 

Do not use anything too high or low on the pH scale, which means any of our alkali ingredients & definitely not vinegar, the aim is to try and get as close the pH neutral as possible.

How dirty are the floors?

  • MILD: Dust/sweep only
  • MODERATE: Using a spray bottle lightly mist Vodka onto area & wipe immediately
    with DRY mop or cloth
  • MAD: Make a solution of 50% Vodka, 25% Hydrogen Peroxide & 25% water. Using a spray bottle or wooden floor mop lightly mist & wipe with clean dry mop.

 

Stone/ Granite/ Concrete

Avoid anything acidic like citric acid, vinegar & citrus essential oils as this can etch the stones porous surfaces. You really need to clean spills right away & maintain with simple soap & water solutions.

Use the Damp Mopping Technique by simply using HOT water in your bucket & nothing else BUT most importantly make sure you squeeze any excess water from your mop before using it.

How dirty are the floors?

  • MILD: Apply the Damp Mopping Technique but can be cheeky and add non-citrus essential oil for fragrance & disinfecting (tip – Eucalyptus is great)
  • MODERATE: Add 1-2 tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap or 1-2 teaspoon of Organic Coconut Soap Flakes to your bucket & make sure mop is damp not wet when using.
  • MAD: Add a bit more power to your mop bucket by adding either 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide or one tablespoon of Crystal Clear Percarbonate. You can also add 5-10 drops of non-citrus essential oils to help remove any grease/grime.

 

PVC/ Lino/ Vinyl

Like wood, you do not want anything to acidic or too alkali that can ruin the 'seals' & you do not want too much water, as it will leave hard water stains making your floor look dirty. 

Warm (not hot) water is best. It can take a bit of mild soap if the job is tougher but try remove any dust first.

How dirty are the floors?

  • MILD: Dust/sweep or use a dry mop to remove any dust. You can Damp Mop with WARM (not hot!!) water.
  • MODERATE: Add one tablespoon of Liquid Castile Soap to your bucket & make sure mop is damp, not soaking wet when using. Use warm not hot water.
  • MAD: Use a combination of 1-2 tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap & 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide to a mop bucket with warm water. Make sure you remove excess water from mop before using.

 

 

Ceramic Tiles

The most durable & versatile of all coverings & can come in many shapes, forms & sizes. Usually requires something 'alkali to deep clean but vinegar makes a great shiner!

How dirty are the floors?

  • MILD: Dust/sweep or use a dry mop to remove any dust. You can Damp Mop with WARM (not hot!!) water.
  • MODERATE: Use 1-2 tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap or 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Coconuts Soap Flakes diluted in a mop bucket of hot/boiling water. You can add essential oils too.
  • MAD: In your mop bucket combine one tablespoon Organic Coconut Soap Flakes, one tablespoon Crystal Clear Percarbonate (or 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide) with BOILING/REALLY HOT water. Add essential oils like citrus/eucalyptus for even more strength & natural fragrance. 

* You may want to follow this through with a vinegar rinse. First empty & rinse your mop bucket, refill will be boiling water & 1/2 cup vinegar. Then mop again making sure your mop is only damp not wet.

 

 

Carpets & Rugs 

It is very important to always refer to the care instructions for your type of carpet. Remember to DAB gently when removing a stain & do not rub vigorously into the carpet as this may spread the dirt & make a bigger mark. 

Always complete a small test patch first in an inconspicuous area.

How dirty are the floors?

  • MILD: Mix 1/4-1/2 cup Bicarb with essential oils of your choice. Spread very lightly over your carpets/rugs. Let sit for 15 minutes & then vacuum.
  • MODERATE: You can try either one of these solutions, however, DO NOT mix them together1) a solution of Castile Soap & Water. You can even mix with stick blender to make a foam2) a solution of vinegar & water- Just get a small cup/bowl & mix what you need.
  • MAD: Consult a professional for advice.

 

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