Cleaning hard floors can be a pain. Whether it's your kitchen, bathroom, or living room, you want to keep these spaces looking their best. You might have tried cleaning with water and vinegar or baking soda before, but the dirt keeps coming back. Don't feel defeated! With some creativity, you can beat those grime stains for good.
There is a lot to consider between sweeping, mopping, and scrubbing when getting the job done. This question often gets asked: "How do professionals clean floors?" We all take pride in our homes, and we want them to look their best!
Check out this blog post to learn how professionals clean floors and find tips to make your home spotless!
Types Of Floor Cleaning
Mopping is the most apparent solution for floor cleaning. It’s quick, easy, and affordable to do on your own. However, if you are looking for a deep clean or more professional results, it might be best to call in a pro floor cleaner. This will ensure that all the hard work of mopping is done properly, leaving your floors shining!
Pros use various types of mops, including cotton string style mops known as "Swiffer"-type mops or traditional string mop heads that remove loose dirt and can be attached to almost any mop handle.
Professional cleaners use a special solution that provides extra cleaning power and leaves fresh-smelling scents behind for you to appreciate once they have finished. Favorites include pine oil mixed with water for disinfecting properties or a simple mixture of water and vinegar and lemon for that clean smell.
There are many different types of mops that pros use, such as the sponge mop or a traditional cotton string style mop. As long as they keep your floors clean, it does not matter so much which type of mop they use.
The key components to look for when hiring someone to do your floors are their attention to detail, knowledge, and experience with types of flooring, ability to follow instructions, and thoroughness in completing each area you have directed them towards. If these patterns show through, then you can expect great results from your hard-earned money.
Thorough steam cleaning is one of those methods that, once seeing it done, you will never want to clean your floors yourself again.
With professional steam cleaning, the flooring is covered in a soapy solution, and then steam is released from the cleaner to get rid of any impurities that may be on your floor, helping it sparkle like brand new! The soapy cleaning solution is a simple mixture of soap and water that breaks down dirt particles and helps to rinse them away with the steam cleaning process.
Professionals can use many different steam cleaners for cleaning floors, such as gas-powered or electric-powered. Some work better than others, but most pros have their preferred choice when going the route of professional-grade equipment with this type of work. A professional cleaner will use the tools and supplies that work best.
Dry vacuums, also known as "SpinScrub" style cleaners, are used often in conjunction with steam cleaners to provide a deeper clean than just using the steam alone would allow for.
These dry vacuums have soft bristles like those on an upright vacuum, which allows for a thorough scrubbing without scratching or damaging your floors. If you hire someone to clean your floors, make sure they use one of these types of cleaners along with any other equipment they may need to make your home sparkle and shine!
Resilient Floor Cleaning
This method is for those hard flooring surfaces such as linoleum, tile, marble floors, or even wood floors. It is the method of choice when you want your floors to shine but you don’t want them to have a glossy or slippery surface.
Resilient floor cleaning is done by using diamond-encrusted disks and scrubbing away at the top layer of flooring without removing too much and damaging it.
There are many types of equipment that can be used for this process. Still, most pros typically use a "Scrubber Dryer," which combines the scrubbing disk with suction capabilities to suck up excess water as well as dirt particles left behind from cleaning your flooring.
The less time spent on hands and knees scrubbing the floor to get out those tough stains and sticky messes, the better. This is not only the most effective way to clean floors but also the quickest. If you hire someone, be sure they use one of these machines. Anything less would show a lack of experience and knowledge regarding how best to care for your floors.
This method is somewhat similar to resilient cleaning, except water-based solvents are used to clean dirty water and grime at once, so there's no need for other types of cleaners later on down the road.
The drawback with this type of cleaner is it can leave behind a filmy residue which will attract more dirt faster, even if it looked clean at first! The pro solution to this problem is to use a dry vacuum in conjunction with the water-based cleaning, so it does not leave your floors looking dull.
As you can see, there are many ways to clean different types of flooring, and if anything, you should be able to tell who is experienced in their line of work by what kind of materials they need to get your floors clean.
If they seem like they are trying way too hard or pushing for overkill when it comes to how often they plan on coming back, then chances are they aren't worth hiring.
It might seem like hardwood floors are the easiest to clean of all types of floors, but many people make the mistake of assuming that. You need to be more careful with your hardwood floors than other types of flooring.
To minimize wear and tear on your hardwood floor, use a microfiber cloth mop or damp-mop system instead of a wet mop. This will help to penetrate dirt and grime without needing to excessively scrub the floor.
To keep your hardwood floor looking great, polish it once every two months (or more often if desired). You can either do this yourself or hire someone else to come in and do it for you. Once you polish your floor, it will look new again!
Make sure you sweep daily, especially before mopping, to avoid tracking dirt onto your freshly polished floor.
Only use distilled water on your wood floors to avoid getting stained by hard water.
If you have pets at home, wash them outside or clean up after them so that they don’t track their mess into the house!
Tile floors are easiest to clean, but they need a little more TLC. The entire tile floor should be cleaned with hot water and soap when it comes to hard surfaces. Use your scrub brush to get into all the tile and grout lines typically missed during the tile cleaning process.
Rinse well with hot water before letting the tile floor dry completely. If you're using vinegar or another natural cleaning method, first fill a spray bottle with warm water. To have clean grout, spray the solution on the floor and then scrub away any dirt or grime that's stuck on your tiles.
Clean tile floors regularly to keep them looking their best.
For linoleum floors, be sure to use a squeegee to remove excess water. This will help avoid the grime-trapping ridges often left behind after mopping.
Clean with a vinegar and water solution first, then follow up with a bit of baking soda for tricky spots or stains that won't go away. Then, apply a protectant to your floor that claims to repel dirt or stains to make the next clean-up even easier!
Use a microfiber mop head instead of an old rag head for your linoleum floors to avoid scratching the surface.
If you have a carpeted floor, it's important to vacuum regularly as part of your carpet cleaning process. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for at least an hour before vacuuming. Then, thoroughly vacuum the entire floor.
You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to get in all of those nooks and crannies in the carpet, as well as in hard-to-reach corners of the room.
When it comes to cleaning floors, there are many ways professional cleaners can help give you an amazing clean. Whether you want to hire someone or do the work yourself, it's important to know all of the right steps when it comes to cleaning your floors so that they look their best!