One of the top questions I receive is how to clean and care for hard surface floors. It seems that everyone wants to know what the best method is, what won’t ruin their floors, and how to get the job done quickly and easily. Because everyone loves a clean floor, right?
This past week I opened up the floor for your cleaning and organizing conundrums and issues. I received a lot of great questions and am excited to share what my solutions are to many of your common cleaning and organizing annoyances are. Keep an eye out for your question to pop up here on the blog, Facebook or Instagram in the coming weeks as I work through them with you.
Today’s questions and answers focus on FLOORS, more specifically on how to clean hardwood, laminate, tile and grout. Before I clean the floors, I always start by vacuuming to get rid of crumbs and dirt. If you have pets or a lot of dust, you may want to follow up with a quick sweep using a microfiber based floor duster. If you follow my cleaning routine, Wednesdays are Vacuuming Day and Thursdays are Floor Washing Day.
UNFINISHED OR BAMBOO FLOORS:
STREAKS AND RESIDUE:
A couple helpful tips for streaks and residue on floors…if you are using a microfiber pad, dampen it before starting and rinse often while washing the floors. If you have streaks with a steam mop and rinsing the mop head frequently doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to use distilled water (purchase by the gallon at your local grocery or drug store). If you have hard water the minerals in your water may be contributing to streaking and residue on your floors due to the minerals in your water.
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 2-3 drops essential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors)
I mix this up using the same ratio in my refillable floor mop:
- 3 teaspoons white vinegar
- 16 ounces of warm water
- 1-2 drops e ssential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors
- white vinegar
- rubbing alcohol