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Tips For Floor Cleaning and Maintenance

Floors and Carpets

Different houses have distinct kinds of floors.

  • Carpeted
  • Bamboo
  • Laminate
  • Tiled
  • Wooden
  • Travertine
  • Concrete etc.

Floor cleaning tips and tricks are essential to know for every homeowner. Technically, we all know how cleaning works in the basic sense of the word. Yet, understanding the details and differences between floor types and floor cleaning methods makes all the difference.

Floors are made of different materials, have different textures, and react uniquely to store-bought and DIY cleaners, which is why we had to compile our research into one article for any beginner in the world of floor cleaning and maintenance. So, if you’re interested in learning how to clean floors properly, continue reading.

What Is Floor Cleaning and Maintenance?

Do you ever stop to consider the cleanliness of your floor (or lack of it)? Cleaning floors is a tiring chore that many people skip or don’t put much thought into. But, like anything in your house, it needs looking after.

Most people only acknowledge that a place needs cleaning when dirt starts piling up on furniture, utterly oblivious to how quickly the floors get dirty in comparison.

In fact, whenever we clean our furniture, the floors need extra care because we’ve transferred dirt from all surfaces to the ground. Since floors often take a beating from our daily lives, cleaning them isn’t as simple as mopping them with soapy water occasionally.

In addition, every type of floor requires a different level of care. You can’t use the same cleaning solutions or products and mops to clean every kind of floor you have. So, it’s crucial to learn how to mop a floor correctly and the right products to use for each floor type.

Why Is Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Important?

The buildup of dust, dirt, and sand ruins the look of your house. Also, the stains and spilt liquids you don’t clean immediately contribute to this, making it look forever unclean. So, it comes as no surprise that cleaning the floor regularly will leave it looking its best.

Cleaning the floor regularly and meticulously will also save it from structural damage. If you want the flooring to last long, take care of it, especially if you’re looking to save money. All the money you spent on the flooring will go to waste if you don’t maintain it.

More importantly, the amount of money you’ll spend on cleaning products or homemade solutions is nothing compared to replacing the damaged flooring.

Plus, if you want to protect yourself and your household from getting an allergic reaction, cleaning the floor regularly will remove pollen, dust, and other allergens.

How Do You Clean and Maintain Your Floor?

The best way to clean and maintain the floor is by understanding what it needs and sticking to a routine. Undoubtedly, different types of flooring can’t be treated the same.

For example, carpets need a lot of maintenance because they gather a lot of stuff. Wood floors require a different treatment from laminate, vinyl, and stone floors. Some floors look their best after using vinegar or lemon juice, while other types could be damaged. Milk is a good idea for some floors, but terrible for others, and so on.

To take the guesswork out of your next cleaning spree, we’ve gathered information about how to clean really dirty floors according to their type.


Carpets are challenging to clean because of their size and porous nature that attracts filth. Unclean carpets can house dust mites and bugs, according to the British Lung Foundation (BLF). Yet, they’re not like beddings that you can just toss in the washing machine.

One of the solutions that we suggest is vacuum cleaning. You need to do it often due to the porous nature of carpets. So, make it a habit to vacuum your carpet at least once a week.

In addition, you need to vacuum carpets right by using a vacuum that your carpet can handle. Some carpets are notably more delicate than others, which you need to keep in mind. Don’t forget to utilize the vacuum attachments, as they help you get to the hard-to-reach places and remove trapped dirt more efficiently.

Also, as tempting as it would be, don’t rush vacuuming so that the machine can pick up everything. Instead, try to vacuum slowly in a specific pattern. Then, vacuum in reverse to leave the carpet uniform-looking. It’s also essential to take your time while deep cleaning the carpet, which you should do once every six months.

Plus, consider having a small decorative rug over the carpet to protect it against some of the wear and tear. Immediately replace your outdoor shoes with indoor slippers once you get home to avoid tracking bacteria and dirt inside, and wipe your feet too.

Lockdown has inspired many people to redesign their rooms, which we definitely recommend so that the carpet doesn’t get indentations. Stretching out the carpet will also remove the wrinkles and remove dirt from uneven areas.

We also recommend installing curtains or blinds to protect the carpet from UV rays. Not to mention, changing the air filters of your HVAC system will keep the carpet cleaner for longer and repel dust and dirt.

If you have carpets at home, it’s a no-brainer to have a lint roller at hand to remove your pet’s hair or your own. Using a squeegee for pet hair also works wonderfully.

We all spill liquids on our carpets, which is okay. What matters is that you clean it immediately before it stains and use a stain remover that’s specifically made for carpets. So, leave the laundry products for laundry.

If the carpet’s already stained, clean it with an iron. Saturate the stain with a soapy water solution, then place a towel on top of the stain. Turn on the iron and put it on the towel, running it back and forth over the stain for 15 seconds. After the stain transfers to the towel, remove it and rub the area. Never blot. Finally, use a hairdryer to dry the area.

Baking soda is the perfect way to freshen up the carpet and a helpful solution to stubborn oil stains. After dabbing the excess moisture away, coat the stain with baking soda for up to six hours. Then, vacuum the area. This method also works for pet accidents, but add in some vinegar with the baking soda to neutralise the smell.

We also recommend using plain, white shaving cream as a DIY cleaner for various liquid stains and rubbing alcohol on spilt nail polish.

Laminate floors

Although laminate resembles hardwood, it’s not as tough. So, don’t drag furniture over it. Instead, you can put soft castors under table legs and chairs to avoid scratching and denting your laminate flooring. Also, never use a scouring pad or any abrasive implement to clean it.

We highly recommend referring to the manufacturer’s instructions to know which cleaning products to use without damaging the floor. Note that laminate doesn’t like a soaking wet mop because it isn’t waterproof, which might bring you to ask how to clean floor with vinegar instead.

Mix vinegar with a gallon of warm water to make the best floor cleaning solution. Then, use a well-wrung mop to clean the floor.

The best way to clean floors without a mop is by running a damp cloth over them, especially when you spill on a laminate floor. However, if you have intensive cleaning needs, get a floor cloth with a specialist cleaning fluid or a microfibre mop after squeezing the water out of it.

It would help if you also kept the laminate floor dirt and dust-free. And a doormat is helpful for that. Vacuum or sweep away the loose dirt with a soft broom. Also, handle stones and gravel carefully, as they can scratch the laminate flooring.

Wood Floors

Wood is one of the most common choices for flooring among homeowners. However, it only lasts if you take good care of it. Start by investing in furniture pads to protect the wood.

Keep it dust-free by sweeping or dusting daily. You can do it while you’re on the phone or boiling tea. Also, make it a habit to vacuum the floor once a week. What matters is that you keep it as clean as possible.

Also, if you spill anything, clean it immediately. The best way to clean floors by hand is using a damp microfibre cloth, as a wet mop can cause water damage. Water damage warps and swells the floor, which is the last thing you need. If you really have to use a mop, make sure it’s barely damp and well-wrung.

In addition, use a wood floor cleaner once a month for a clean, polished look, and don’t forget to read the instructions beforehand.

As time goes by, the finish of your wood floor will naturally look dull. But you can refinish the floor every three to five years to restore it to its former glory.

Vinyl Floors

Cleaning and maintaining vinyl floors isn’t rocket science as you’ll see. Like any other floor, you should regularly sweep or vacuum it. If you’re going to sweep it, use a soft broom to protect it from scratching. For vacuuming, adjust it to the “bare floor” setting so that it glides smoothly over the floor. Also, get a doormat to avoid tracking outside dirt.

In addition, you’ll have to learn low-impact cleaning techniques, so forget drenching the floor in water. Instead, get a cleaning solution specifically made for vinyl floors. And never use wax-based or oil-based cleaners on vinyl.

Another suggestion would be to use shampoo and water as a DIY cleaner. For another DIY solution, in a spray bottle, mix 1/4 cup vinegar with a drop of dish soap in lukewarm water.

Like wood and laminate, vinyl doesn’t like water. So, whatever cleaner you pick, you’ll have to employ the spritz-and-dry mop technique. First, spray the solution in one section. Then, immediately wipe it with a slightly damp microfibre mop. After, rinse well to avoid leaving residue behind. More importantly, dry it well to keep the water damage away.

If you ever spill, you’ll have to clean it immediately because vinyl floor is the kind of floor that’ll remind you of your mistakes. A food stain? Clean it with baking soda.

However, if there’s a greasy mess, rubbing alcohol on it will take care of the grease. You can also tackle scuffs with a soapy water solution and a dry microfibre cloth, but remember not to rub too hard.

Stone Floors

Stone is the most beautiful flooring you’ll ever have, but its beauty comes at a price. It needs research and effort on your end. That’s why homeowners that are always on the go usually avoid it.

Let’s start with the easy stuff. Of course, you’ll sweep or vacuum it regularly to keep the dust at bay, which is the best way to maintain a fully sealed stone floor.

Unlike most floor types that we’ve discussed, all-purpose cleaners and random DIY solutions are a no-no. For example, vinegar and lemon juice actually damage stone floors.

If you’d like to make a DIY cleaner, we recommend cleaning the floor with skimmed milk, which has been popular for a while. What about store-bought products? Get an easy-to-use, specialist, water-based product that’ll work on sealed or unsealed stone floors.

Regardless of your cleaner of choice, try not to mop every day. Perhaps keep mopping to once or twice a week maximum. When you do mop, don’t use too much water. Also, avoid scrubbing brushes, as they can hurt stone floors unnecessarily.

Use a floor mop or sponge with a suitable cleaning product. And follow the product’s instructions. If you’re using milk, work it over the stone floor; then, leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse, and dry the floor thoroughly with a soft cloth after you finish cleaning.

When it comes to spills, you’ll need to blot and wipe them up quickly. Also, use a specialist cleaner to handle inappropriate marks and staining, and follow its directions. Generally, you’ll let the cleaner set into the floor for some time, work it into the floor, then rinse it.

That being said, no matter how much effort you exert in cleaning the stains, the stone floor will need re-sealing every couple of years for maximum protection against future stains, humidity, and high foot traffic.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass brings life to your space without the hassle of natural grass. When you think about it, artificial grass is the only kind of turf that you never have to cut or mow again! Accordingly, you’ll save a lot of time, money, and water as well. This low-maintenance nature of artificial grass has contributed to its popularity in the United Kingdom.

Nonetheless, you still have to take care of it so that it looks fresh all the time. A monthly light maintenance goes a long way. Furthermore, artificial grass needs brushing once a week or every other week. The ideal brush for this task is a medium, soft bristle brush. When you use it, try to brush in the opposite direction of the artificial fibres.

Also, if leaves get on the artificial turf, you can get rid of them with a blower. Dry leaves are easier to blow away than wet ones, so bear that in mind. If the turf ever stains, you can just clean it with soapy water.

Try to protect the grass from sharp objects that can cut it, such as broken glass, stiletto shoes, and football studded boots. Moreover, keep the artificial turf away from adhesives and any sources of heat. Finally, watch out for your dog if it likes to chew on grass as well.


Many people love to have bamboo flooring because of how hardy the plant is. It’s as durable as hardwood and more water-resistant than most types of wood floors. Also, the sustainable nature of the plant renders it a must-have for the eco-friendly.

However, its hardiness doesn’t change the fact that you still have to learn a few things about how to clean and care for it.

First things first, bamboo flooring scratches easily. So, felt pads are recommended for furniture. In addition, remember to lift heavy objects when moving them on bamboo floors.

Also, they need daily sweeping to remove dust and dirt, which you should do using only a soft-bristle or fine-fibre broom. And don’t vacuum unless your vacuum cleaner has a setting that caters explicitly to wood floors.

Doormats are a no-brainer to keep your outside business outside. And you can go a step further by removing your outdoor footwear to keep your bamboo clean.


Like stone, bamboo doesn’t like vinegar or any acidic cleaners. Instead, it prefers a pH-neutral wood floor cleaner. So, say goodbye to abrasive cleaning products, wax, and furniture polish.

Another suitable choice would be mild soap. Mix your cleaner of choice with water. And wring your microfibre mop to the maximum. Also, ditch the steam mop when it comes to bamboo floors. Wipe the floor dry with a dry cloth.

As for spills, you should wipe them instantly with a microfibre cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner.


Like bamboo, cork is a tough type of wood that’s growing in popularity. It’s a relatively low-maintenance flooring type that’s also good for the environment.

That being said, you should still learn more about it to know how to take care of it. Cork needs protection from two things: scratching and UV rays.

You can protect it from scratches by installing protectors everywhere you’ll need them, such as under chairs and table legs. In addition, all heavy furniture should have felt pads or non-staining glides or casters.

And take care whenever you’re moving appliances or large pieces of furniture around the floor. This is especially true for furniture with wheels because it’ll need a mat underneath for extra protection. Also, don’t let a ball of steel wool touch the floor.

Regarding UV rays, we highly recommend installing blinds or curtains because sunlight changes the colour of cork, a natural material.

To remove dirt and dust, vacuum the floor as needed. And get a doormat to avoid bringing outside dirt into your home.

When it comes to cleaning products, never reach for an ammonia-based cleaner when cleaning a cork floor. Instead, get a pH-balanced wood or cork cleaning agent, and mix it with water. Then, wring your mop until it’s slightly damp, and start mopping. Last but not least, wipe the floor dry or leave it to air dry.


Ceramic is a popular choice for areas with high humidity and foot traffic. It has a higher resistance to the elements than most flooring types, so many prefer it over wood. Its nature makes it the ideal choice for kitchen and bathroom floors as well.

Like any other floor type, you’ll need to clean up loose debris using a vacuum cleaner or broom. Doing so will prevent sand and grit from dulling the surface. It’s also crucial to constantly watch the tiles for stains.

The best way to clean kitchen floors is by mixing any mild detergent with hot water. Ditch the sponge mop and use a string or strip mop instead. Wring, mop, and repeat. Remember to replace the water once it gets dirty. Mop one final time with water only to avoid any soap residue. After you finish, dry the floor with a cloth, or leave the room to air dry.

When it comes to cleaning tile grout, spray the grout with a grout cleaner or a hydrogen peroxide solution. Let the cleaner sit and work its magic for half an hour. Then, start scrubbing with a stiff brush until it’s clean. Finally, mop the floor, and dry it.


By now, you should know how to clean and maintain different types of floors properly. Whether you have laminate, stone, or cork floors, they’ll last longer if you know how to take care of them and follow our dos and don’ts. Not only will your floor look beautiful, but you’ll also save a lot of money by increasing its longevity.

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Tips For Cleaning Your Room

How to Clean Your Bedroom in an Hour for a More Restful Space

Create the peaceful bedroom you deserve with our step-by-step cleaning checklist. In just an hour, you can have a neat and tidy space primed for sweet dreams.

A messy bedroom can add to everyday stress, cause anxiety, and even interfere with your quality of sleep. A clean, organized sleeping space, on the other hand, helps encourage relaxation and restfulness when you hit the sheets at night. A few simple housekeeping tasks can turn your bedroom into a more inviting environment that leaves you feeling calm and well-rested for the day ahead. So when life starts to feel hectic, bring some tranquility back to yourself by dedicating just an hour to cleaning your bedroom.

By dividing your chore list into quick, efficient tasks, you can cover all your bedroom bases, including surfaces, linens, and even your floors. This bedroom cleaning checklist helps you get the job done quickly and efficiently, meaning you can spend more time relaxing and less time stressing about the mess. Use this deep-cleaning checklist to create a schedule that works for you. As a general rule of thumb, aim to complete this list of cleaning tasks about once a week. When you're done with our bedroom cleaning checklist, your space will be neat, tidy, and prepared to give you a good night's rest.

Step 1: Take Out Trash

Perhaps the easiest task on your bedroom cleaning checklist, start by taking care of simple, everyday messes. If you don't already have a small wastebasket (like this Better Homes & Garden Water Hyacinth 1.8 Gallon Wastebasket, $30, Walmart) in your room, we recommend getting one. Whether it's from tearing tags off clothing, tissues, or late-night snacking, small trash can easily pile up. Throw away any trash around the room first, then empty the wastebasket.

Editor's Tip: Keep extra trash bags in the bottom of your wastebasket. When it's time to empty it, you'll have liners handy after you've removed the existing trash bag.

Step 2: Pick Up Dirty Clothes

Find your floor again by picking up any articles of dirty clothing and placing them in a hamper. If you can fit a hamper in your closet, opt for an open bin, which is easier to use during rushed mornings when it's tempting to drop clothes on the floor.

Step 3: Put Away Clean Clothesh

While your mind is already on laundry, take some time to fold and put away any clean laundry you have lying around. A few minutes is all it takes to clear your floor space and tuck shirts and pants into dresser drawers. For an organized bedroom closet, make sure to hang blouses and sweaters facing the same direction on slim space-saving hangers (try these Better Homes & Gardens Velvet Clothing Hangers 30-pack, $10, Walmart). This will also make choosing outfits in the morning easier as you file through your clothes.

Step 4: Strip Your Bed

Even if you shower before bed every night and keep food out of the bedroom, your sheets need to be washed and changed regularly. Take the time to strip the bed as you clean the rest of your room. Remove the comforter, sheets, and pillowcases. If you have a duvet with a cover, remove the cover and wash it with your sheets. It's a good idea to have an extra set of sheets (like this set Better Homes & Gardens Cotton Percale 300 thread count Sheet Set, $25, Walmart) on hand so you can remake the bed while you wash the sheets. The comforter should be washed occasionally, but it is not necessary to include in the laundry each time you wash your bed linens.

Step 5: Clear Surface Clutter

Halfway through your bedroom deep-cleaning checklist, most of the bigger tasks are complete and it's time to focus on the details, starting with surface clutter. Nightstands, dressers, vanities, and desks are all prone to becoming drop zones for small daily objects that accumulate over time. Take a few minutes to put these items back in their rightful homes. If you notice a daily habit, such as commonly picking up keys, applying cosmetics, or choosing jewelry, consider creating an organization system for these frequently-used items. A small, decorative tray on the dresser is a no-fuss way to corral jewelry, while a small box in a nightstand drawer stays at the ready for tucking away reading glasses and other accessories.

Step 6: Wipe Surfaces Clean

Now that your bedroom is free of clutter, the next step is to wipe down all surfaces. Choose the appropriate cleaner, whether that be a dusting spray, glass cleaner, or antibacterial wipes, for your surface and get to work. Wiping down the tops of tables is obvious, but also pay attention to the legs of chairs, fronts of dressers and nightstands. If you have a four-post bed, take some time to clean the posts and your headboard, as these rarely-touched features are prone to dust bunnies.

Step 7: Dust Curtains and Light Fixtures

Curtains need dusting, too. Lampshades, window treatments, and light fixtures collect dust as fast as the other furniture pieces in your room. You can lightly dust these features with a duster, or you can use your vacuum on a low setting to get them clean. This important bedroom cleaning checklist item helps clear your space of allergens as well..

Step 8: Wipe Down Windows and Mirrors

Let the light shine through your windows without any smudges or scratches disrupting your view. With a streak-free cleaning agent, wipe down all windows or glass-paneled doors in your bedroom. While you're at it, wipe down mirrors as well. If you have young kids or dogs in the house, be sure to wipe down low, as there are probably tiny fingerprints and nose smudges at the bottom of the windows.

Step 9: Vacuum or Sweep

A bedroom that's spotless from top to bottom isn't possible without cleaning the floors. If you have hardwood floors, remove and vacuum any rugs before sweeping the entire floor. Sweeping should get the job done; save mopping for a deep seasonal clean. For carpeted bedrooms, clear out the dust bunnies with a vacuum.

For either method, reach as far under the bed and heavy furniture as you can. If you have a lightweight side table or chair that can be moved easily, put it in the hallway as you clean your floors

Step 10: Remake Bed

Is there anything better than slipping under the covers with fresh sheets? To save time, make your bed using a spare set of sheets while your original linens wash. Once your laundry is ready, replace the duvet cover over your comforter and finish making your bed.

Now that you know the steps, make your bedroom tidying routine run smoothly with this easy-to-follow room cleaning checklist. Consider printing it out to keep it handy when it's time to clean up.

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Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning Tips

The past few years have seen a drastic rise in home and office cleaning owing to the pandemic. Without regular cleaning, workplaces can become breeding grounds for viruses, bacteria, and mold in no time.

Hence, we come bearing good news; today, you can find many office cleaning supplies that can make your workplace clean, safe, and hygienic without affecting the environment.

So, are you ready to get started?

What is Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning?

Green or eco-friendly office cleaning includes different ways to clean the work area while keeping the environment safe. That means our cleaning products should be safe, environmentally friendly, CFC-free and biodegradable.

Most of the products you buy off the shelves come with clear labeling, showing us if they meet the environmental safety standards. However, you must check the labels thoroughly; sometimes, these just signify the CSR activities and use of recycled paper or materials. Meanwhile, the product still has traces of harmful chemicals inside.

That's why you need to know the key ingredients before putting these products in your cart. These include:

  • Chlorine
  • Artificial fragrance
  • Phosphates
  • Artificial colors

Why Do We Need Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning Products?

More and more businesses today are opting for environment-friendly practices. These include reducing waste, economizing the use of resources, and going green where possible.

However, many businesses still fail to look into the cleaning practices they follow in the office. As a result, many chemicals we frequently use, like odor neutralizers, air fresheners, etc., can adversely affect the environment.

Some of the chemicals in these cleaning products are so harsh that they can cause cancers and even congenital disabilities in newborns. Furthermore, the sanitizers and disinfectants get washed down once they do their job into the water pipes to our lakes and rivers.

Despite several treatments, there are stubborn contaminants that do not leave and significantly impact our sea and wildlife. Hence that’s a cry for help and the need to go green where we can to save the planet!

Eco-Friendly Office Cleaning Tips

Today, we have multiple options to disinfect, clean, and sanitize our workplaces. Moreover, as technology advances, we can expand our lists to include green, sustainable, and eco-friendly cleaning products.

This way, we can ensure our office stays clean and hygienic without adversely affecting the people or surroundings.

Make the Switch

If you are keen on switching to the right environment-friendly products, check the kind of supplies used frequently in the office.

Make a list, ask around or liaise with professional eco-friendly office cleaning services and go through their cleaning products.

Check if any of these on the list are already eco-friendly. Check for the eco-labels, verifications, certifications, or tests that can signify the product is safe for the environment.

Ingredient Glossary

Many of the products we find are falsely labeled and designed to mislead the customers. Words like ‘green’ and ‘organic’ should be clear red flags, especially when there’s no backing to the claim on the packaging.

Before heading to the stores and standing confused in the aisle, you should know some key definitions.


Phosphate-free products are generally safe for humans as well as the environment.


These are made from natural plants and do not release pollutants or dangerous chemicals into the environment.


These products are usually certified and tested to be environmentally sustainable and safe.

Buy Refills

Instead of purchasing large plastic bottles every time you run out of cleaning supplies, it is best to buy refills.
Not only are these more economical, but they also reduce plastic consumption. Similarly, purchase refills for dishwashing liquid, sanitizers, liquid soaps, and sprays instead of buying more plastic.

Use Eco-friendly Toilet Paper

There's a separate aisle for toilet paper and rolls at the stores. Fortunately, you can easily find many environmentally safe and hygienic options among these. Paper towels are a great choice as these are easy to dispose of and work just as effectively.

Talk to the Office Cleaning Services

Usually, non-routine, thorough cleaning is done by third-party contractors or cleaning services. So, you can easily get in touch with them and get them to make you a list of eco-friendly cleaning products to use for deep cleaning.

If a company cannot provide such a listing, you may consider changing the vendor and finding better alternatives. However, many cleaning services come with green labels and meet the criteria for providing eco-friendly services.

Find Sustainable Cleaning Equipment

Just like the supplies, you must switch to eco-friendly office cleaning equipment. For instance, there are some heavy machines like floor cleaners that make use of water to clean the flooring.

Robot cleaners, wall-mounted dispensers, etc., make the process more efficient and reduce energy consumption and pollution.

You can also talk with professional service providers to use steam for carpet, bathroom, and sofa cleaning.