You finally got that new floor you have been dreaming of or you just want to maintain the floors you have to last as long as possible. Either way, you're here because you want to know what the best cleaners are for you floor.
Just like any other cleaning agent, floor cleaners contain chemicals and not all chemicals are okay to use on specific flooring materials or are safe for pets, babies and people with allergies.
A general rule of thumb: avoid any cleaners with a high acidity level. Examples include, distilled vinegar, Windex and bleach. While these cleaners will likely eliminate the stain, they will also break down through a floors protective layer which ultimately causes three things to happen:
A) The floor is more likely to get stained in the future
B) The floor is likely to discolor due to the acidity in these kind of flooring products
C) It will void any and all of the manufacturer's warranties
Hardwood floors are a bit trickier to clean than laminate or tile since many cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can strip the wood's finish. Luckily there are cleaners that are formulated specifically for hardwood floors.
This hardwood cleaner is one of the few GREENGUARD Gold certified cleaners. GREENGUARD is a non-profit, third party organization that tests indoor products for their environmental impact in an effort to improve the air quality consumers breathe. They help to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or harmful off-gassing from the products you use.
It's gentle formula is safe for all unwaxed, polyurethane finished floors. If your hardwood has an oil base finish instead, it's recommended to contact the dealer from whom you purchased, to learn about the manufacturer's dedicated finish maintenance solutions.
Bona has a wide variety of cleaners to choose from that will give you peace of mind. All their cleaners are natural, certified and clearly state if they are allergy friendly. This leaves you with no doubt in your mind that you have a product that will take care of your floors and your family. So, no need to stress about babies or pets playing on the floor!
Vinyl, Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Vinyl or tile floors are pretty durable floors so you have many more options of how to clean them than hardwood floors.
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a cleaners is to select a cleaner that has low acidity, non-abrasive and diluted with water. You want to clean the floor with a damp mop but make sure not to over saturate the floor. This is especially true, if your floor is grouted. Being inherently porous, grout has a tendency to absorb moisture which can dilute its color over time. High acidity cleaners can also erode the grout over time.
You may have read a few other articles on cleaning your floors properly and if you have I'm sure you have seen the DIY floor cleaner that tells you to use vinegar.
Vinegar is a great cleaning agent for many things but flooring in general and specifically natural stone, grout and natural carpet fibers like wool can be harmed by the high acidity levels in vinegar. So for tile and natural carpet fibers, stay away from the vinegar.
Carpet is the most challenging material to clean of all. Overtime, your carpet will fall victim to dirt, spills, pets and whatever you drag in on the bottom of your shoes. But, there are plenty of ways to maintain a fresh new looking carpet.
- Blot stains, don't rub! Rubbing stains in a BIG NO-NO. Doing so will force the stain deep into the carpet fiber making it pretty much impossible to remove. If you are faced with a difficult stain, always blot from the outside of the stain inward applying a small amount of pressure on the stain to soak it up.
- Capture's Carpet Powder Pail and Pre-Mist products in combination are a great way of cleaning up spills and pet accidents. Use the pre-mist spray to moisten the accident. Follow this up, per the instructions on the powder pail to absorb the stain. Finally, vacuum to complete the cleaning process. Repeat these steps as necessary.
- Use a vacuum with a beater bar. Be sure to adjust the bar, in accordance to the height of the carpet fibers.
- At least once a year have your carpet professionally cleaned. I know, it's another added expense and another thing to schedule but, an annual deep professional clean will do wonders for the longevity of your carpet! Totally worth it. In fact, almost every carpet manufacturer recommends that you have your carpet cleaned professionally at least once every 12 months. If ever there is a question about a warranty issue, they will want to see receipts showing that you have done so.
Laminate flooring is a synthetic multi-layer flooring product that is fused together with a lamination process. It extremely scratch resistant however, when it comes to cleaning it has little to no moisture resistance making it fairly tricky.
It's imperative to keep laminate relatively dry so sitting water or moisture does not cause the planks to swell or become warped. There are a few different cleaners you can choose from for laminate flooring.
Rejuvenate All Floor Restorer is not just for laminate but most flooring surfaces (other than carpet) in your home. If you’re dealing with heavily scratched floors, Rejuvenate All Floors Restorer does a fantastic job of quickly buffing out imperfections or scratches.
It dries in about 45 minutes. This cleaner not only buffs out scratches but also adds a protective layer that blocks UV rays that will cause color fading over time on your floors.
This product is also GREENGAURD certified product so you can feel good about using this in a home with small children and pets.
Bona cleaner has become one of the most recognized names in laminate cleaning supplies. This cleaning kit ensure you will not need to go out and buy anything else to restore and protect your laminate flooring.
The four-piece set includes:
- Mope Handle
- 4" x 15" Mop Head
- Microfiber Dusting and Cleaning Pad
- 32-ounce Bottle of Bona Cleaner
The cleaning solution is non-toxic and require no rinsing! It is formulated to cut through tough dirt that may have be sitting on your floor just a little longer than you would have liked it too.
The microfiber mop pad is designed specifically to work its way through the grooves of a floor's surface without scratching or damaging it. Other cleaning tools can damage the floor, so be careful what you run over the surface. Stiff brooms, can be notorious for scratching hardwood and other softer products!
Maintaining and cleaning your floor properly is the best way to ensure you floors stay beautiful for years to come. If you have any questions or comments on what products are best for your floor let us know!