Three Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Flooring
One, Two, Three, Floor
Get your floors summer-ready with our simple spring-cleaning guide. If the wet weather and extra time indoors took its toll on your floors over winter, then it’s the perfect opportunity to give them a deep clean and some much needed attention. We’ve put together our top three tips for getting all types of flooring looking their best.
1. Bust that Dust – Whatever flooring you have, the first step in cleaning it is to remove loose particles. We’re talking dust, kitchen dirt, and whatever your kids and pets have trafficked in.
For carpets, giving them a thorough vacuuming is best. Before you flick the switch, make sure the vacuum is empty and that nothing is restricting it’s sucking potential. Don’t be afraid to make more than one pass on your carpet – no matter how fancy your vacuum is. And make use of those under-utilised attachments to get into the corners.
Move furniture out of the room to give the floor a good clean underneath. It’s also a great opportunity to consider changing the layout in the room. Not only can this give the room a fresh feel, but it also helps prevent permanent marks that can be left as a result of rarely-moved furniture.
For other floors including LVT, laminate, and hardwood, the broom is your friend. Give the floor a thorough sweeping or use a microfibre mop to gather all the loose particles from the surface before you move onto step two.
2. Mop or Stop? – For LVT, vinyl, and tiled floors, mopping your floor is the next step. In general, LVT and vinyl flooring is designed to be waterproof, so you don’t have to be stressed about water sitting on the flooring. We’d recommend getting a cleaning product designed for your specific flooring for the most efficient spring clean. Although LVT is tough, please leave the scrubbing brush or scourer under the sink. Over enthusiastic scrubbing can cause damage or cause it to lose its sheen.
If you have laminate, engineered wood, or hardwood, be very cautious with mopping. A lightly damp microfibre mop is usually sufficient to get your laminate, engineered wood, or hardwood floor looking great. Mopping can cause hardwood to warp and laminate to swell. If extra cleaning is needed for more stubborn marks, then read on.
3. No Stain no Pain – Steps one and two should leave your floor looking close to perfect, but if stubborn marks remain, then it’s time to give them some personal attention. When extra elbow grease doesn’t do the trick, then you might need to invest in a specialist cleaning product or call in a professional.
Choosing the right product for stubborn marks is really important. Using a product that’s not designed for your floor can remove colour or even damage the integrity of your flooring. Talk to the Floor Factory team and we’ll help you choose the right product for your flooring.
For carpets, DIY spot cleaning can also work wonders. But if you haven’t had your carpets professionally cleaned in a while, then spring is the time to get it done. Not only can they get your carpets looking like new, but they can also add a protective coating after cleaning to help extend the lifespan and improve the stain-resistance of your carpets.