With time and use, your kitchen floor can become sticky and dirty. As the kitchen is often one of the most highly populated areas of the home, with people using it generally at least three times a day, kitchens can get dirty pretty quickly. Most people wouldn’t think twice about making sure that their countertops and kitchen utensils are clean, so why do people tend to forget their kitchen floor? A lot of the stuff that is cooked in the kitchen tends to end up on the floor at some time or another, so for both hygiene and safety reasons, it is important to regularly clean your kitchen floor and keep it looking spotless.
Depending on what your kitchen floor is made out of, some things are better than others when it comes to cleaning your floor. Some all-purpose cleaners may be too harsh or too abrasive for certain materials, so it is important to look into what is best for your floor.
Excess debris, including salt, sugar and other gritty debris, can scratch laminate flooring over time. To reduce the chances of this you can use a dry dust mop to sweep up the dust and debris. Alternatively you can use a vacuum cleaner with the brush extension. Make sure not to use a hard bristled brush or the normal vacuum cleaner nozzle, as these are too abrasive and can scratch the flooring.It is important that your laminate flooring does not get wet for too long. Try to clean up all liquid spills immediately by dabbing dry with a cloth. If you have to wash your laminate flooring, do it occasionally, about once a month, with a well wrung out mop. If there is any residual water on the flooring, dab it dry with a cloth to prevent staining.
First sweep the area with a soft-bristled broom to get rid of grit or salt that could ruin the floor. Then mix a mild detergent with warm water and use a mop to clean the floors. For older, more ground in stains, dip a cloth into the distilled solution and scrub the stain with your hands. Do not use a scourer as this will scratch the hardwood.
Only mop your hardwood flooring when it really needs cleaning, try keeping it relatively clean by sweeping or hoovering the floor more frequently, as this increases the lifespan of your hardwood flooring.
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Stone Tile Flooring
Stone tile flooring normally comes pre-treated if you source it from a responsible company. Due to the intense variety of different materials you can get for flooring it is crucial to do some research on the type of stone you have used for your flooring before attempting anything.
Mild detergent mixed with warm water works well, but make sure to wash it thoroughly with water afterwards so that no residue is left. The same rule applies when using lemon juice as an all-purpose cleaner. Try not to use vinegar on stone tiles, as the acidic content in vinegar could be too much for certain types of stone.
You can learn more about the different types of stone here.