Cleaning Your Floors: Essential Tips

By Ann Hills / a couple of years ago

When it comes to floors, they are a natural magnet for dirt. After all, we walk on them every day, tracking dirt, mud, and more. If you want clean, shining floors every day, then you've come to the right place.

Depending on your floor material, you need to know how to clean well and without damaging your floor. Here is a breakdown of how often to clean and how to clean each type of floor. If you want to hire a cleaner to help you with your floors, you can check out for more info.

When Do I Clean?

The frequency of cleaning depends primarily on the traffic of your home. The most highly trafficked areas include the kitchen, dining areas, entryway, hallway, and bathroom. These areas typically should be either swept or vacuumed every one to three days. Mopping is a good way to get a deeper clean and pick up any missed dirt. This should be done about once a week, if the surface is designed for mopping.

Materials Needed to Clean


If you want to make sure that you have the right tools in place, these are the ones you'll probably need to use:

  • Vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan
  • Mop
  • Two mop buckets
  • Sponge
  • Mopping detergent
  • Possible household cleaner
  • Possible paper towels
  • Duster or microfiber cloth

Start by Dusting

If you dust before you clean your floors, you'll end up picking up the dust when you clean. This helps you to be more efficient with your cleaning schedule. Use a duster or cloth to dust shelves, objects, and other surfaces. If you have curtains, this is a great time to shake them out. Before you move on, let the dust settle for a few minutes before turning to the next step.

Vacuum or Sweep the Surface


Regardless of the surface, you start by thoroughly vacuuming or sweeping the area. If you have carpet, a vacuum that's set to the appropriate pile height works best. If you have hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors, then you can sweep them, but a vacuum may be a better choice.

Start by picking up any toys or other objects from the floor. Start on one side of the room and slowly move backwards. It may be helpful to move furniture or use an attachment to make sure that you get in any hard-to-reach areas. Pay special attention to corners and other areas where dust likes to hide. Take your time and make sure that you're getting up the dirt. If you think your vacuum isn't working well, take time to clean out the filters and brushes. In order to clean, you have to start with a clean vacuum. The same goes for your broom. make sure the bristles are intact and free from foreign material before starting.

Mop with the Appropriate Cleaner


Most surfaces can be mopped but you can cause damage if using water on an unapproved surface. These are common flooring materials and how to clean them:

  • Laminate: Use a lightly dampened mop and don't use a soap-based detergent. A solution of water and vinegar can be used to remove any marks and stains
  • Ceramic and tile- Wash with a mild detergent solution and then rinse with clear water. No polish is needed.
  • Terracotta tile- these tiles usually require a special solution so use the manufacturer's recommended product
  • Vinyl- Wipe with a damp mop and a mild detergent. Rinse after wiping. Use a cloth to remove any scuff marks, rinsing afterwards
  • Sealed wood floors- Use a wood-appropriate cleaner with a damp mop. Avoid using too much water or you could damage the floor
  • Unsealed and waxed floors- These should not be mopped but only swept. Repolish as needed.
  • Cork- factory-sealed cork tiles should be damp-mopped with a mild cleaning liquid. You may want to apply a sealant afterwards.
  • Stone- mop using a mild detergent solution. Always protect the stone from staining with a resin sealant.

When mopping with a cleaning liquid, make sure that you rinse the mopped water. Cleaning fluid buildup will make the area look dingy over time. After mopping each area, rinse the mop thoroughly in the second bucket of clean water and go over the area to pick up any soap. Do a final rinse when you're finished.

Finally, let the floor dry completely before walking on it. Now that you know how to clean your floors well, you'll be able to get a great clean every time.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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