3 popular floors – and the best way to clean them
Not all floors are created equal – in fact, different surfaces require different cleaning techniques to get the best results. Try our tips for the most effective ways to clean common types of flooring.
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1. Hardwood floors
Sweep before you mop
Clearing the way of any excess dust and hair will make for smooth sailing (or mopping, in this case). You should try to sweep your wood floors at least once a week to help prevent too much build-up.
You shouldn’t wet-mop hardwood floors because it can cause water damage and potentially even rot. The best way to clean hardwood floors is by wiping with a damp cloth or a mop. Although this is hard work as you have to get down on your hands and knees to clean it will be worth it in the long run!
Steam cleaning of wooden floors is also not recommended as this can damage them. Instead, why not try out the new Flash Speedmop! This has cloths that are 2 x thicker and wetter than regular floor wipes, but are safe to use on finished wooden floors. So you can stand up to dirt, and give your floors a powerful clean without damaging them.
Go with the grain
When cleaning your flooring also be sure to mop with and not against the natural grain of the wood, as this will help ensure the longevity of your hardwood floors.
2. Laminate flooring
Say goodbye to scratches
If moving furniture when cleaning your laminate floor, be careful to lift it instead of dragging it to avoid scratching and abrasions. Also, avoid using anything abrasive to clean it, such as steel wool or scouring pads, as this could lead to scratches too.
Clean without the damage
Again, mopping laminate floors can cause damage, as too much water can cause the laminate to swell and warp.
Instead, bust out the Flash Powermop, which can power through grime with just enough cleaning solution and moisture, without damaging your laminate.
3. Tiled floors
Fast action is key
Clean up spills as quickly as possible so your tile grout won’t stain. Regularly do a deep clean of your tile floor so that you never miss a thing.
Be careful not to scratch the surface
Take precautions when moving heavy objects across a ceramic tile floor. Lifting and gently lowering furniture will help prevent cracking or scratches. Also don’t use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of your ceramic tile.
Save precious time
You can clean floor tiles with a mop and bucket, but it’s so much hassle! The heavy bucket of water and smelly mop make this task pretty laborious – and then there’s the waiting time while the floors dry.
For a speedy clean, the new-and-improved Flash Powermop is two times faster than a mop-and-bucket clean. The pads absorb and lock away dirt and grime, and are safe to use on any surfaces, including finished wood*. Light and easy to use, the Flash Speedmop is perfect for your everyday floor clean.
* Don’t use Speedmop and Powermop on unfinished floors, waxed/oiled wooden boards or carpets, as they may be water sensitive.
How do you care for the floors in your home?
As well as caring for the material your floor is made of, it's worth taking care of it every day to keep it looking its best:
Vacuum daily - dust left on the floor for long periods of time can cling to the floor surface, making it difficult to remove.
Wipe up spills immediately - moisture damages and discolours floors.
What daily dirt on your floors do you find tough to deal with?