How to Properly Clean Your Flooring

Flooring can make a huge impact on a room from the color of the flooring to the type of flooring you are using. There a typically four types of flooring used in a home: carpet, hardwood, tile, and linoleumEach of these flooring types has a specific cleaning regime that needs to be followed in order to maintain the flooring for as long as possible while also keeping it looking new. RCH Cleaning has compiled tips on how to best take care of your flooring, no matter the type.  

 

Carpet 

Carpet flooring is one of the most desirable flooring options out there due to its availability and affordable price, but it’s is one of the more difficult flooring types to maintain. Many describe carpet as difficult to maintain cleanliness in is due to the carpet fibers holding onto debris, germs, and odors. The best way to maintain the cleanliness of your carpet is to weekly vacuum the carpet and follow it with a steaming. Doing the cleaning in this process is a better way to ensure you are getting the most out of the carpet fibers as possible.  

 

Hardwood 

Hardwood flooring has become the most popular flooring type there is in recent years. Maintaining the hardwood can be a challenging and long task but the results will be worth it. If you can take care of your floors properly you can keep them in tip-top shape for longer than ten years, which is the usual life expectancy for hardwood flooring. When cleaning, make sure to fully sweep up the area before you begin to mop in order to fully get rid of any dust, dirt, and debris that may have accumulated on the floor. Once you’ve cleaned the floors fully, you can add a floor polish to show your floors are shining and sparkling clean! 

 

Tile 

Tile flooring is one you will most often find in bathrooms and kitchens; many homes nowadays will have tile in their bathrooms while hardwood is used throughout the living area and kitchen. Tile flooring is a bit tricky due to the grout attracting dirt and debris because of the uneven nature of placing tile. When it comes to cleaning these floors, it is said that dry cleaning (sweeping and/or vacuuming) should be done about twice a week due to it being a place that is frequented in your home. If doing a deeper clean, mix the cleaner with water and mop the floor, once completed switch focus to the grout. Get a grout cleaner or mix a bleach solution and let it sit on the grout for five minutes before wiping the floor with a clean, dry cloth.  

 

Linoleum  

We are starting to see linoleum flooring be used less and less in the homes that are being built in recent years. The best way to clean these floors is the traditional format. Sweep and/or vacuum the area, mix up a cleaning solution of water and soap to mop with, and let air dry. It is important to remember that linoleum is more fragile than other forms of flooring so when you are cleaning be a bit gentler than you would be when scrubbing on hardwood flooring.  

 

RCH Professional Cleaning specializes in thorough cleaning services for homes. If you have any questions or would like to know more about cleaning your home, contact RCH Cleaning or call 417-763-8365 for more information! 

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