Cleaning Tips for Floors – Expert Advice for all Surfaces

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Different hard surfaces need different cleaning products and cleaning methods. You cannot use the same cleaners to clean your wooden floors, as you would use to clean your stone tile floors. Here is some expert advice on cleaning tips for all kinds of floor surfaces.

How to Clean Ceramic, Quarry and Porcelain Floors?

Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are non-porous when compared to natural stone tile, but they do tend to get dirty. These floors develop superficial stains, soap scum, mold and water stains on their top surface. You do not need a deep-penetrative cleaner to clean such surfaces. Quarry tile, unlike Porcelain or Ceramic does not have a top glaze on it. It gets stained very easily. Moreover, Quarry tile is also porous and the stains tend to get deeper inside, causing mold breeding at the root level. Quarry tiles are generally sealed to prevent such occurrence, but they do tend to develop superficial stains even after sealing.

  • The best way to clean these surfaces is by using a light maintenance cleaner that efficiently cleans the top-most mold and stains. 
  • You can also use a home solution made from vinegar and baking soda. 
  • Although, using vinegar and baking soda has its own pros and cons, these are the best easily available home remedies to clean such surfaces.
  • Never use a wax polish on ceramic or quarry tiles, as it will make the floor too slippery.
  • If  your quarry tile is sealed, you can use a steam cleaner to clean ceramic, porcelain or sealed quarry tiles. 

How to Clean Natural Stone Floors?

Most natural stone tiles are sealed to prevent deep-rooted staining and damage. If your natural stone tiles are not sealed, you may get mold breeding at the root, which, if left ignored, can ruin your tiles from within. Even if you have sealed your natural stone tile, you may find superfluous mold, mildew, dust, rust, dirt, sticky grime and stains on the top surface. 

  • The best way to clean such stains from a natural stone flooring is by using a maintenance cleaner that can easily get rid of the stains and mold without damaging the integrity of the surface. 
  • If you need to remove deep-rooted stains and mold from such non-sealed stone tiles, you need to use a deep-penetrative cleaner that manages to eliminate the stains from the root. 
  • You can also use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean the superfluous stains from such stone tiles.

How to Clean Laminate Floors?

Laminate floors only develop superfluous stains and dirt. But, you cannot clean them with the same cleaners as you would use on your stone floors. 

  • Firstly, you should vacuum or dust the floor to collect all the dry debris. 
  • Then, you should make a solution of vinegar and water. 
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners on laminate floors as this might cause scratches. 
  • You should not use wax on laminate floors also as it will make the floor very slippery. 
  • For laminate floors, you can use nail polish remover to get rid of stubborn stains or marks. But, do not spread acetone to the entire surface, as it might cause discoloration.

How to Clean Terracotta Tiles?

Terracotta floor tiles are generally available sealed. This is done to protect the delicate porous tiles. As these tiles are made from natural elements, you need to take proper care to prevent deterioration. 

  • If your tile is old, you can start by vacuuming to remove dust, dirt and sand particles. Next, wipe with a slightly wet microfiber cloth to remove the visible stains at the edges.
  • Next, you can use a good deep-penetrative cleaner for an unsealed surface to clean the deep-rooted stains and mold.
  • For superfluous stains and mold, you can use a light maintenance cleaner.
  • You can also make a solution of vinegar and baking soda to clean the stains on terracotta floor tiles.

These are some common floor surfaces and tips on how to clean them properly. All surfaces require different cleaning instructions and products. pFOkUS products are the safest when it comes to cleaning different kinds of floors. You can use Imperia Deep Clean for cleaning deep-rooted stains and Imperia Maintenance Cleaner and Valore Maintenance Cleaner for cleaning superfluous stains and mold. 

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