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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Floors

Here’s an A to Z guide on how to clean all types of flooring. Of course, check with the manufacturer for the recommended cleaning procedure as warranties on products might become void if cleaning recommendations are not followed.

Ceramic Flooring

Mop ceramic floors with water. Follow with a dry cloth to buff the floors and restore the shine. CAUTION: Never use an abrasive scrub because it will dull the shine and wear down the surface colours.

Concrete Flooring

Vacuum with a brush attachment, working from left to right and from the far corner out. Wet the mop using an all-purpose cleaner and water. Wipe back and forth toward the doorway. Rinse out and clean the mop frequently.
CAUTION: Don’t use abrasive cleaners and bleach products on concrete, they may damage the finish.

Cork Flooring

Sweep or vacuum as needed, then damp mop with a neutral floor cleaner.
CAUTION: Never wet mop or flood a cork floor.

Hardwood Flooring

Dry-mop or vacuum using the proper floor attachment. Use a damp mop to clean the floor. Buff dry.
CAUTION: Do not wet mop. Do not use furniture polish.

Linoleum Flooring

Vacuum with the appropriate floor brush attachment. Damp mop with a mixture of water and 1 capful to ¼ cup (50 ml) of concentrated all-purpose cleaner. Follow the product directions for the recommended ratio. Be sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Slate Flooring

Wash with soapy water (a few squirts of dish detergent in water). Rinse well. Slate isn’t damaged by alkaline cleaners, but strong solutions aren’t necessary.

Tile Flooring

Vacuum periodically to remove dirt particles and dust. Wash the floor using an all-purpose cleaner mixed with water. Let it dry.

Wood Flooring

Dust, mop or vacuum regularly. Dry mop to clean. There shouldn’t be any streaks – but if there are, be sure to dry them with a clean cloth.