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Feb 12th
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Spring Cleaning Your Floors

floors june14Summer is almost here, which means that you’re running out of time for spring cleaning!

And I can’t imagine any part of the house that could use a little extra TLC more than the part that is walked all over every day—the floors. Here are some floor cleaning do’s and don’ts that will make your floors shine:

Laminate Do’s: First, sweep, dust or vacuum the floor. If you’re using a vacuum, make sure to use the hard floor attachment, not the beater bar. Next, clean the floor with a cleaning product made specifically for laminate. Wipe up any tough spots using acetone (or nail polish remover) on a white cloth, removing any residue with a damp cloth. For really tough spots, like gum or candle wax, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper (a credit card will do).

Laminate Don’ts: Laminate can swell or warp with too much liquid, so don’t wet mop the floor. Also, don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, chlorine-based cleaners or a buffing or polishing machine.

Tile Do’s: For a nice, deep spring clean, scrub gently with a soft brush or electric polisher using a mild detergent. Then, rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any residue. If you have a soft water situation, apply an all-purpose cleaner to your floor and let it stand for a few minutes. Then, scrub gently with a sponge and rinse.

Tile Don’ts: Don’t use steel wool or any other abrasives or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners.

Vinyl Do’s: Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove dirt. If you are using a vacuum, use the hard floor attachment. Then, clean the floor with a non-detergent based floor cleaner. To restore the gloss level, first use a polish remover to remove any ground-in dirt and excess polish build-up, and then apply a vinyl floor polish.

Vinyl Don’t’s: Don’t use dishwashing liquids or oil-based cleaners because they can leave a residue that attracts dirt. Also, avoid abrasive cleaners.

Hardwood Do’s: Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor using the hardwood attachment. Then, clean the floor with a hardwood floor cleaner. For any sticky, tough stains, harden the spot with ice and gently scrape up with a plastic scraper. And while you’re spring cleaning, consider rearranging the rugs and furniture to give the floor the opportunity to age evenly.

Hardwoord Don’ts: Don’t use oil-based wax or polish, ammoniated cleaners, abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or a buffing machine. Don’t wash or wet the floor with water or liquid cleaning materials because this could cause swelling and warping and could devoid the warranty.

If you have any questions about cleaning and maintaining your floors, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Visit us at, or feel free to call us at 831-462-5586.