The guide to floor cleaning for every surface
Spring cleaning means it’s time to clean your house from top to toe, and that includes the floors. Let’s face it, no one enjoys getting on their hands and knees, scrubbing yourself into a sweat and having to soothe a sore back by the end of the ordeal. We’re sharing simple and safe ways to keep your floors looking spotless and new – the results will have you floored!
Firstly, check whether you have a sealed polyurethane or wax finish on your hardwood floors. If a smudge appears when you rub your finger across the surface, it’s likely a waxed floor. This type can be damaged by small amounts of water, so keep damp mops away and just sweep, dust mop or vacuum regularly.
Sealed wood floors have a coating made from urethane, polyurethane, or polyacrylic to help protect them from stains and water damage. To clean, simply mix ¼ cup of mild or pH-neutral soap with water in a bucket (steer clear of acidic vinegar solutions). Wring out the mop, then damp-mop the surface and use a dry microfibre cloth to remove excess moisture.
The good news is very few things will harm a laminate floor, because the planks are made in sun and light resistant layers to maintain its appearance for years. It is important to keep water from getting underneath the planks though, so make sure you mop up any spills straight away. A dry mop or vacuum will do the job, as well as spot cleaning with a slightly damp mop when necessary. Don’t polish a laminate floor – if it’s looking damaged your best bet is to replace the plank.
Natural Stone Flooring
Make sure to steer clear of vinegar, bleach and ammonia – these liquids could damage stone floors. Use a mop with a pH-neutral cleaner that won’t react to the minerals in natural surfaces. If your stone floors are unsealed, just mop it with a microfibre mop and hot water, and use a steam cleaner to remove stubborn dirt.
Lino is resilient, natural flooring. Sweep up or vacuum regularly to remove dust. Mix up a spray bottle of a few drops of dish soap and hot water, then spritz a section of the floor at a time and wipe with a damp microfibre mop. The floor should air-dry almost immediately, but if it feels slightly sticky to the touch just swipe it with another clean, damp microfibre mop or cloth. Remember to use water sparingly.
Cork’s porosity makes it vulnerable to water damage because it’s so absorbent. Most cork flooring is sealed but proceed with caution. Vacuum often so you can prevent scratching, and wipe spills up immediately. You can use a vinegar and soapy water solution, as the naturally acidic vinegar works with the soap to break down dirt and build-up. Put the ingredients in a spray bottle and gently rock back and forth to mix (don’t shake!). Spray the floor a section at a time and wipe with a damp microfibre mop as you go.
Bamboo is usually softer and more prone to scratches than hardwood floors. By extra careful to regularly sweep up dirt and dust during the week. You can use the same cleaning solution on bamboo as your hardwood floor: mix ¼ cup of mild or pH-neutral soap in one bucket of water. Swipe across the floor using a barely-damp mop, wiping up excess moisture with a dry microfibre cloth. You can use a tennis ball to gently buff out marks.
Porcelain Tile Flooring
Sweep and wash your porcelain tiles with a mild detergent solution, the rinse with clear water. Spray the floor one section at a time then wipe away with a microfibre mop. Avoid using a wax polish as this will make your tiles very slippery. For deep cleans, use a steam cleaner to clean tile and grout. The steam does the work of removing stains and bacteria so you don’t have to give yourself a work out scrubbing!
For weekly cleaning, sweep with a brush or vacuum then use a spritz-and-dry mop technique to keep tile floors looking fresh: Gently mix 1/4 cup vinegar in a spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Spray the floor one section at a time and wipe with a damp microfiber mop as you go. To remove scuff marks, you can use a cloth dipped in washing-up liquid then rinse off.
Floor Spot Cleaning
Want to keep your floors consistently clean without the hassle of mixing different cleaning solutions, bringing out the big soapy bucket and spending hours cleaning bit by bit?
The solution: Orange Power Spray & Mop Floor Cleaner
What is it: This handy product uses a trigger spray bottle that can be applied directly to floors using a ‘dry mop’ technique. This allows you to spot clean quickly, without water, and it dries streak-free in minutes – perfect for high traffic areas and marks where food has been spilled onto the floor.
Is it safe? It’s not only effective and powerful, the naturally derived cleaning solution avoids harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia and chlorine, only relying on its natural properties for performance.
Is it suitable? Orange Power Spray & Mop Floor Cleaner is perfect for all floor types including: tiles, sealed timber, vinyl, linoleum, ceramic, cork, sealed slate and concrete.