CARING FOR YOUR FLOORING
Floors can often get neglected as we prioritise what we can see at eye level, however really our floors should take the lead. A clean and fresh floor can be easily achieved and maintained, helping create a beautiful space to eat, entertain and enjoy.
Wooden flooring is a major investment and it needs regular cleaning to keep it gleaming. Make sure the area is clear: move any obstructing furniture, brush and hoover to get rid of any surface dirt and debris. You should avoid applying water directly to the surface of your flooring, this can cause the wood to warp and also damage the finish. In a spray bottle mix 5% of your chosen floor cleaner with water 95%. Lightly spray your floor surface, then using a microfibre mop, run the mop back and forth along the grain in smooth strokes. For heavy traffic or hard to clean areas increase your concentrated mix. Still not sparkling? Ted Todd offer two dedicated care systems to get the very best from your solid wood floors.
Clean the area by using a dust mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with suction only (no beater bar). You should avoid wet- mop cleaning on laminate floors and avoid applying cleaner directly onto the surface of the laminate. Instead, spray a Laminate cleaner, such as Mohawk’s FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Cleaner onto a cotton terry cloth or microfiber mop, mop and leave to dry.
Again, remove any residue from the area with a brush/hoover. Clean tiles with mild detergent and clean water, using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop. Ecover recommend using 1 to 2 capfuls of their natural floor soap in half a bucket of warm water. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor. The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning with a stiff nylon brush (a metal brush will damage the grout). Repeat as necessary.
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