Your floors are one of your home's biggest investments. In order to
protect them and keep them looking like new, you need to clean them
properly and regularly.
The cleaning method will depend upon the type of floors you have.
Make sure you know your floor care requirements before you clean your
floors, because what works on one surface can ruin another.
Asphalt tile. A weekly wet mop to your asphalt tile floor means
that you won't have to polish it as often. A 1/2 cup of fabric
softener diluted in water will help keep the floor shiny. Avoid
using strong soaps or any kind of scouring powder, as these products can
damage the surface.
Brick. In order to minimize maintenance, keep your brick floors
waxed and sealed. Vacuum them regularly, and follow up with a damp
Ceramic Tile. Ceramic tile is one of the easiest floors to
maintain, as it is more or less stain-proof. Regularly run a damp
mop with an all-purpose cleaner over your tile floors, and dry with a
soft cloth to prevent streaks. Avoid using harsh soaps or strong
Concrete. Because cement is porous and soaks up stains, it's a
good idea to seal it with a commercial sealer. For concrete floors
that remain unsealed, sweep up the dirt regularly. Wash concrete
floors periodically with a strong cleaner.
Flagstone and slate. Also porous, these floors must be sealed
with a commercial sealer followed by an acrylic floor finish.
Occasionally strip the wax buildup from these floors and apply a fresh
coat of wax. Flagstone and slate can be regularly cleaned with
plain water, an all-purpose cleaning solution, or a mix of
fabric softener and water.
Linoleum. In order to keep its shine and repel dirt, linoleum
must be waxed. Regular maintenance is as easy as vacuuming and
running a damp mop over it. Fine-grade steel wool can be used to
remove particularly stubborn stains, like heel marks.
Marble. Marble, yet another porous material, must be
commercially sealed. Regular maintenance should include mopping
with all-purpose cleaner and occasional waxing.
Vinyl. No-wax vinyl floors are some of the easiest floors to
maintain. They can be vacuumed, then mopped with an all-purpose
cleaning solution. Heel marks and other stubborn stains can be
removed with a synthetic scouring pad.