Cleaning the Floors
Cleaning the floors may not be your favorite household chore, but it’s one that we have to do. Whether you have hardwood, tile, laminate, or carpet you should be cleaning the floors weekly. So today we are going to share some tips on how to do it!
While there are many things to keep in mind if you have hard floors, clean these first. This will require the most time and effort; like Mark Twain said, “swallow the big frog” first and everything else will undoubtedly fall into place. Maid Sailors can do this quickly and cheaply; however, if you’re in the mood to “go hard on the hard floor”, follow these guidelines.
1. Tile Floors
Go “Super Hard” Solution: Rent a floor scrubber machine from a local cleaning company or make an investment by purchasing one via Amazon.
Go “Hard” Solution: There are many existing detergents and solutions for cleaning tiled floors. But you can easily make your own detergent solutions at home. Mix 3 to 5 spoons of baking soda, vinegar, shampoo and water. Stir and apply onto the tiles while scrubbing the stains via stiff brush or cloth. For stubborn stains, let the solution marinate on the surface for 5 minutes. Keep in mind, don’ t panic if you encounter heavier stains; your local hardware store will have stronger solutions for sale. After you’ve addressed your stains, wipe down the floor with a clean towel and begin dancing.
2. Laminate Floors
Go “Super Hard” Solution: Unfortunately, there is no way to go “super hard” when you’re cleaning laminated floors.
Go “Hard” Solution: First, make sure that the surface is dry and any particles (e.g. sand, food crumbs) have been vacuumed. Afterward, apply a basic detergent (or your homemade solution from above) and mop your floor. Perform this task semi-frequently (e.g. weekly) for ongoing excellence.
3. Rugs & Carpets
Go “Super Hard” Solution: Call Maid Sailors. Not because we’re legally required to say this, but because it is the best solution. Professionals will have the optimal cleaning solution you’re your specific carpet or rug since each has its own unique requirements. For example, carpets with different colors should only be cleaned with color-friendly detergents (as common sense may suggest). There are also numerous detergents for longer fiber carpets, as well as for hand-made rugs.
Go “Hard” Solution: Doing-it-yourself can be a very effective approach. Be sure to read the label on the carpet’s backing and read the cleaning recommendations. Certain details can literally mean “life or death” for your carpet; for instance, using a hot steaming machine may damage the fibers and the colors on certain carpets, however, there are other carpets that can only be deep cleaned with a hot steam machine.
Additionally, make sure to apply a sanitizer and/or deodorizer (especially if you have pets). This approach eliminates bacteria and promotes both human and carpet health.