Things To Know About Getting Your Floors Clean12 April 2014
There are so many different materials available to the modern home owner that it is a wonder how any one knows how to clean anything anymore! If you are lucky enough to be the owner of a luxurious hard floor surface, then you may well be wondering exactly how best to go about cleaning it, as there are often fears of issues like scratching, water damage and chemical issues. If this is you, then you are in luck, as the following covers those three trouble areas and shows how to treat your flooring with the respect and care that it deserves. Note that these tips only apply to hard flooring, not carpet and the like. Some discretion is advised as well, if you have been specifically told how to clean your floor, then it is wise to keep to those instructions, as the tips below do not cover every single varnish, finish or material that there is out there in terms of safety. For a start, let’s have a look at scratching. When cleaning a surface, it needs to be rubbed, but you will need to avoid abrasion, as it can cause some serious issues. From small circular ‘spider’ scratches, to long deep gouges, the scratch will be unsightly as well as a potential for water to get in beneath the protective finish of your floor. Everything from hard wood to marble by way of polished concrete can be scratched, and some surfaces are more culpable than others. The simple way to avoid scratches is to vacuum thoroughly before mopping, as this will lift any of the harder debris that can be found to cause scratching off the surface. You are then free to push a non-scratching microfiber mop around, without any trouble of your floor getting marked. When it comes to water damage, there are a whole host of issues that you need to be avoiding. With wood, water can cause unsightly staining, especially if it lifts the varnish away, as the watered areas will appear a fair bit darker than the normal wood coloring. Should water get into the grain of the wood it can expand and contract as it dries, creating cracks, and warping the shape of the floor boards. The same goes for stone; slate can be marked as well as cracked by being exposed to too much water and it being allowed to soak in. The simple way to prevent this is to use a well wrung mop head, to prevent any chance of standing water, and so that the residue water dries up extra quickly. Chemical reactions marking the floor is something that people worry about with their new floor materials that they don’t understand that well, and it is because there is concern that some cleaning products may be too acidic or alkali to come in to contact with the delicate materials used in the flooring. In reality, finding a PH neutral cleaning product is not at all difficult, as such a thing is found in washing up liquid in the home! A small squirt of washing up liquid in the bucket of hot water and a microfiber, non scratching mop, well wrung, is all you need to clean most floors, it’s really not as much of a mystery as some people clearly think it is after all!