The birds are chirping, grass will soon be growing, and winter is making its final farewell (hopefully!) Just like that, it’s officially spring! It’s time to store away those winter boots, the same winter boots that have been walking all over your beautiful floors all season long through the long, dirty, cold and unforgiving months of winter. Winter not only pummels the outdoors, but mud, snow and salt is tracked all over your home, leaving a mess on your floors. With spring comes everyone’s favorite spring-time activity – spring cleaning! Your floors get punished daily, and it can be hard to keep up with their cleaning on a day-to-day basis. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to give your floors that deep clean you have been putting off. Use the following tips to get the floors in your home spic and span in no time.
When it comes to tile flooring, the first step to cleaning them is to sweep or vacuum loose dirt, dust, pet hair and other crumbs and debris. Ceramic tiles only need warm water to properly clean them, but you can also use lemon juice or seek out a manufacturer recommended cleaner if you prefer. We recommend avoiding using sponges or a sponge mop because they will just push dirt into the grout tracks as opposed to entirely cleaning. If you need to clean your grout, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it and leave it overnight then scrub it with a nylon brush to make your floors sparkling clean!
Hardwood flooring can be cleaned by sweeping or vacuuming. You need to check what kind of finish your hardwood floor has, if you can’t say for sure then always opt for a gentler clean, as the last thing you want is to ruin your floors.It’s important to never use abrasive cleaning products on your hardwood floor to avoid scratching or damaging the planks. It can sometime be useful to check with the manufacturer of your hardwood floor for recommended cleaners and other specific information. Remember to always soak up excess water with your mop as it damages the wood. After cleaning rinse the floor with a mix of lemon and water and hand dry to prevent streaks.
Vinyl flooring can be cleaned by occasional mopping. It is recommended to find a manufacturer’s recommended cleaner to remove dirt build up. A few capfuls of clear, non-sudsy ammonia and water is the best, safe cleaning solution.
When cleaning laminate floors, it’s best to vacuum the floor using the wand attachment then follow with a dust mop or damp cloth for general cleaning. It’s important to wipe up the wet areas and allow them to completely dry before using them again as laminate floors can be extra slippery.
Spring is often the best time to shampoo your carpets. It’s important to hire a professional service if you’re unsure of proper carpet cleaning techniques. Otherwise, vacuuming will always be the best way to pull all of the dirt, grime and particles that became trapped in your carpet’s fibers and should be performed regularly to ensure it’s clean.
Happy Spring Cleaning!