Floor Cleaning Guide

Floor Cleaning Guide

Ensuring your floors stay spick and span is crucial for cultivating a healthy and welcoming home atmosphere. But here's the deal: different flooring types demand tailored care to uphold their cleanliness and lifespan. So, before we dive into the nitty-gritty of cleaning solutions, let's first take stock of what we'll need.

Essential Natural Ingredients for Cleaning Floors

When it comes to cleaning floors with natural ingredients, a few staples stand out for their effectiveness and versatility. However,

1. Castile Soap: Castile soap, derived from olive oils, is a gentle yet powerful cleanser that effectively cuts through grease and grime without harsh chemicals. Its mild nature makes it suitable for various floor surfaces, including hardwood, tile, and laminate. Additionally, Castile soap is biodegradable, making it an eco-friendly choice for conscious consumers.

2. White Vinegar: Its acidic properties make it effective at dissolving mineral deposits, removing soap scum and leaving shine.

3. Essential Oils: Essential oils not only add a pleasant fragrance to cleaning solutions but also boast antimicrobial properties that enhance their effectiveness. Popular essential oils for floor cleaning include lavender, tea tree, lemon, and eucalyptus.

Crucial to note: Do not combine Castile Soap and Vinegar for cleaning purposes, as their interaction produces a milky white substance that will leave stubborn stains. This occurrence is a result of pH differences between the two ingredients. Use one or the other please.

 

1) Wooden Floors

Wooden floors require gentle cleaning to preserve their natural beauty and protective sealant. Avoid excessive water, which can seep through the sealant and damage the wood, and steer clear of ingredients with extreme pH levels, as they can harm the floor's finish.

To ensure their longevity, opt for a gentle cleaning solution. Mix one tablespoon of Castile soap with warm water, adding a few drops of essential oil for fragrance and antimicrobial properties. Clean with a slightly damp mop and promptly dry to prevent water damage.

 

2) Stone/Granite/Concrete

Stone, granite, and concrete floors boast durability and stain resistance, but regular cleaning is key to preserving their appearance. Avoid abrasive cleaners to prevent scratching or dulling the surface. Instead, opt for a gentle cleaning solution by mixing warm water with Castile Soap, which boasts a pH close to neutral (around 7). 

Steer clear of acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can etch or damage the surface over time. Use a soft mop or cloth for cleaning and ensure thorough drying to prevent streaks and maintain the floor's pristine condition.

3) PVC/Lino/Vinyl

PVC, linoleum, and vinyl floors are favoured for their cost-effectiveness and low maintenance. However, improper cleaning can lead to scratching and discoloration. To avoid damage, steer clear of harsh chemicals or natural products with extreme pH levels, such as vinegar or washing soda. Instead, opt for a gentle cleaning solution of warm water and a mild soap. 

Avoid ammonia-based or abrasive cleaners, as they can compromise the floor's protective layer. Use a damp mop or cloth for cleaning and ensure thorough drying to prevent water damage and maintain the floor's integrity.

4) Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are highly regarded for their durability and resistance to stains, making them a popular choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. However, over time, grout lines can become breeding grounds for dirt and grime, requiring regular maintenance to uphold their pristine appearance. To avoid potential yellow discoloration caused by chlorine bleach, it's wise to seek alternatives like Sodium Percarbonate or Hydrogen Peroxide for grout cleaning. 

Alternatively, consider using our effective cleaning paste recipe. Follow up with an undiluted vinegar solution to remove streaks and neutralise soap scum. Remember, it's crucial to perform these steps separately, as mixing vinegar with alkali substances can lead to undesirable reactions.

Tips 

  1. Test in an inconspicuous area: Before using any new cleaning solution, test it in a small, hidden area to ensure compatibility with your floor surface.
  2. Regular maintenance: Keep your floors clean by sweeping or vacuuming regularly to prevent dirt and grime build-up.

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