Did you know that there are twice as many bacteria on our kitchen floors than on the trash can?
Compared to the garbage can, which harbors about 411 bacteria per square inch, the floor in front of the kitchen sink harbors about 830 bacteria per square inch.
That’s not so surprising when you consider how much bacteria we track in from the bottoms of our shoes, which transfer to our floors about 90% of the time. So, unless you have people take their shoes off at the front door, floor cleaning should be a top priority.
In this guide, we highlight some of the best ways to ensure your floor stays squeaky clean . . . for now!
1. Consider the Material First
Before you jump into cleaning, pay close attention to what you’re cleaning.
As pointed out here, concrete floors don’t require the use of chemicals. Rather, a simple mop job is all it takes to remove dirt and grime. Linoleum is similar, requiring mopping with a floor cleaner, while wooden floors should only get swept and damp-mopped (too much water could make the boards swell or split).
Not all floors require the same products or methods. Be sure to consider this before beginning a cleaning job.
2. Sweep or Vacuum Often
You might not feel like mopping every day—and that’s understandable.
Still, sweeping or vacuuming once a day will make your weekly mopping jobs that much more efficient.
You should also sweep or vacuum right before you mop; otherwise, that dust will turn damp, making your job more difficult and dirty than it needs to be. A dust mop—which resembles a shaggy sock on a stick—is a wonderful way to consolidate all the grime into one big pile, eliminating the need for multiple trips with the dustpan and broom.
3. Mop With Minimal Water (And Less Soap Than You Think)
The more soap, the cleaner the results, right?
Using more soap than is necessary can result in a filmy-looking finished product. It can also leave behind a sticky residue which, you guessed it, traps even more dirt and grime.
Sponge mops are great for hardwood and laminate floors, as they naturally hold less water. String mops absorb a lot more water, requiring more wringing out from you, but might be more effective on ceramic tiles or vinyl flooring.
Regardless, use water and soap sparingly to avoid ruining your porous floors or leaving behind unwanted sticky streaks.
4. When in Doubt, Hire It Out
Is this article what you’d call TMI? Too much for you to keep track of or worry about?
You might be an ideal candidate for hiring floor cleaners.
When you work with a floor cleaning company (or cleaning company in general), you won’t have to worry about the risk involved with using the wrong products or methods. They’ll understand exactly what your floor needs.
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Sure, the floor isn’t the cleanest place in the house—but using these tips, it can be!
If you’re overwhelmed with the amount of work required in keeping squeaky-clean floors, consider asking guests and housemates to take their shoes off at the door. Place a shoe carrier close-by to make it easy.
Not in the mood to do it at all? Floor cleaning services are always an option.
If you want more tips and tricks for making your house a home, head back to the Home section of our blog now!