It doesn’t matter what kind of floor you’ve got, cleaning it is a chore. But if you follow these easy methods you’ll use minimal effort for maximum results.
Most hardwood floors and stripped floorboards are sealed. The sealant is often a polyurethane varnish, an oil-based product or a wax. Don’t slop water on to the floor, though – use a barely damp mop. A mop with a micro-fibre head makes a great job of drying the floor off. Waxed wooden floors shouldn’t be washed – just sweep them and spot-clean with a dry micro-fibre cloth if needed.
Good Housekeeping has reviews of some of the most popular specialist wood cleaners. In general, you need to look for one that is pH neutral, water-based and non-toxic. A good cleaner will be suitable for all hardwood floors except waxed ones.
Cork makes lovely warm floors and is very smart when it’s fully sealed. But a cork floor that has lost its seal and begun to take up water is a sorry sight. Avoid this by starting with a fully sealed floor and making sure to avoid scratching it – the scratched area can let water in, and once in, the water causes damage. So don’t use brooms: instead, vacuum the floor. Cork can be washed, but don’t saturate it.
Yes, some people do have lacquered floors. John Lewis stocks a special cleaner that puts the lustre back into the floor. It has to be used with the special mop made by the manufacturer that makes the cleaner. Perhaps the under-housemaid is free?
Laminate flooring from http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring/cheap-laminate-flooring.html remains the most practical and hardwearing option for many uses.
Laminate is pretty easy to clean, as long as you prevent water from seeping underneath the laminate planking. Vacuum or dry-mop the floor, and then spot-clean it with a very lightly dampened mop.
Environmentally friendly homeowners sometimes opt for bamboo flooring because it is sustainable, though it can be expensive. The softer types of bamboo can scratch, so you need to sweep regularly with a soft broom. One unusual tip is to use a tennis ball to rub out marks on the floor.
Whatever your flooring, the right cleaning technique will help it to look better and last longer.