Hard Floor Cleaning

by Karen Bates
(last updated May 23, 2016)

The flooring in your home has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the interior. Whether you have carpet, tile, hard wood, laminate, or something else in your house, it says a lot about your personal style and preferences.

Each type of flooring available requires its own specific cleaning and maintenance procedures. For all floors, regularly sweeping or vacuuming to prevent a build up of dust and dirt is ideal. Floor surfaces need deep cleaning every once in a while, however.

Hard floors are a popular kind of flooring. Put simply, hard floors include floor types other than carpeting, and many people prefer this kind of floor surface over carpet. Hard flooring does, however, require specific care to ensure that your floors look new and will last for years. Whatever kind of hard floor you have, keep it clean with these care ideas:

  • Sweep the floor often. Unlike carpet floors, hard floors allow dust and dirt to move around the ground, causing the floor to require sweeping to keep it looking clean. Simply use a broom every day or so to prevent dirt and dust build up.
  • Mop the area. Depending on the type of flooring (tile, wood, etc.), choose an appropriate solution and mop the area according to package directions. You may also want to try a natural or homemade mixture, like using vinegar for example. Depending on the level of traffic in the area, you may want to mop once a week or so.
  • Have professionals clean the floor. You might need some intense work done on your hard floors at some point, like buffing, waxing, or refinishing. You might be able to rent machines to do this work yourself, or you might want to hire a professional.
  • Use rugs and floor mats to help reduce the wear on your floor. Although hard flooring is beautiful and durable, it can still become damaged, especially in high-traffic areas of the home.
  • Vacuuming can help. Try using a vacuum on the hard floor to help suck up dirt and dust that may have settled between wood slats or tiles. If your vacuum has attachments, you can use these to assist in reaching hard-to-get corners and spots.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners or chemicals on hard floor. Instead, use manufacturer-recommended cleaner or just soapy water (depending on the material). Look for a cleaner that won't leave a film on your floor.
  • Hard floors are beautiful and can look great in your home. Take good care of your floor, and it will look great for years to come.

    Author Bio

    Karen Bates

    An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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