Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning Floors!
July 16, 2020

One of the most noticeable items in any cleaning job is the floors. The space can be spick and span, but if the floors aren’t 100% clean it will detract from all the other hard work that you’ve done. Floors can also be difficult to clean because there are so many different types of flooring, from hardwood to concrete to everything in between. The tips in this article are to assist with the most common type of flooring that you will most likely come across working with iRestify.

Carpets

Vacuum, vacuum vacuum. There is no better clean than using a vacuum cleaner on carpet. Without one a lot of dust and particles will be left behind and some may be very noticeable. Investment in a good vacuum cleaner will save time and money over the long haul as it will have stronger suction and will most likely have other attachments for reaching higher and hard to reach areas. We also suggest that you source a vacuum cleaner that is baggless as they are easier to manage and do not have the recurring costs associated with bags. 

Use a lint roller at the end to ensure that anything missed by the vacuum is picked up, or any hairs or dust kicked up in the process of cleaning is removed. 

If you need to remove a stain from the carpet, here are a couple of easy steps to accomplish this:

  1. Make sure that the carpet is completely clean
  2. Mix vinegar with water. The ratio must not exceed 3:1. (3 cups of water with 1 cup of vinegar) and let this solution stay on the stain for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Put a clean towel on the stain and start ironing the towel. The particles will start sticking to the clean towel. Continue this process for 2 to 3 minutes letting the towel soak up the stain from the carpet.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are actually pretty easy to clean and have more DO NOT DOs than DOs. The first and most important step is to make sure that the area is as clean as possible before you start mopping. Make sure you sweep all areas and remove as much debris as possible before you start.

It’s important to remember that water is not good for wood floors, even sealed floors, so make sure to use a damp mop instead of a soaking wet one. Too much water could end up warping or damaging the floors. 

There are many different products that you can use to specifically use to clean hardwood, but an easy one to use is dish soap. For every 4 cups of water add a couple of drops of dish soap into the mix. It’s important not to shake or roughly mix the solution, but rather do it gently. Once you’ve made your solution start mopping with a damp mop and then wipe up the excess water with a dry cloth or mop. 

As mentioned above there are a lot of products to avoid when dealing with wood floors, below is a list of products TO NOT USE:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Alkaline products
  3. Abrasive Cleaners
  4. Lemon Juice
  5. Vinegar

The items above will either damage the finish, dull it or scratch it!

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are beautiful and functional, not to mention durable which is why they are often selected for lobbies, bathrooms, kitchens sometimes an entire area. When these tiles are present, we want to make sure that they are well maintained and sparkling for the client. 

The first step before mopping is always sweeping to eliminate any debris. Small particles like sand or grit can grind down the finish on the tiles and mopping may not always pick them up, so a thorough sweeping of the area will help get rid of it. 

Once the floor is swept, then use a mild cleaning solution with chamois type mop (string). We suggest not using a sponge mop because it can often push dirty water into the grout making it look dirty and may require additional cleaning once the mopping is done. TIP: change the water frequently, using dirty water will only make the tile appear cloudy.

If you come across a stain on the tile, it’s best to determine what it is before you just try and mop it. In some cases it’s better to use the appropriate cleaning solution for whatever the substance is. 

When you are done mopping the floor, if you notice that the tiles look hazy or spotty, there was most likely too much soap in the solution. The best way to manage this is to spot clean the tiles with some non-abrasive multipurpose cleaner.

To make sure that the floor really shines when you’re done wipe it down immediately after mopping to prevent water spots from forming.

Concrete Floors

With concrete floors as with all the other floor types it’s important to ensure that all debris is first swept, leaving the area as clear as possible. Once that is completed, it is fairly straightforward as all you need is a mop and bucket with some mild cleaner in it. 

It’s important to not use ammonia or bleach or any highly acidic solutions on concrete floors that are polished or stamped as it will ruin the finish. 

Concrete tends to be quite porous, so dirt can really get stuck in there. If it was outside you could use a power washer, however inside its all down to elbow grease!