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To clean floors you need to take into consideration the type of surface you have. Is it tile or linoleum? If you clean your floors once a week you won’t have tough messes to clean up. If you spill something on the floor clean it up right away, don’t let it sit and dry. Start with a sink ¼ to ½ full of warm to hot water. Add your cleaning solution to the water.
Add rugs near high traffic areas like in front of your stove and sink. This will catch any spills and all you have to do is place the rug in the laundry.
Wood surface (shiny) – You never want loads of water on a wood floor. To clean use a lightly damp mop to loosen the dirt, rinse completely, ring out the mop and then go over the floor one more time.
Although vinegar is a natural cleaning solution you never want to use it on a wood floor as it dulls the surface. Instead use a bit of mild dish washing liquid in your warm water. A touch of baking soda and a damp sponge will clear your floor of scuff marks.
Use a towel to buff the floor once it is clean. You can either put the towel right on the mop or place the towel on the floor and dry the floor by hand.
Wood surface (matte)- These floors have oil soaked into the wood so you don’t want to use water on this type of floor. Natural citrus solutions are best for this type of surface. Just spray a thin layer on the top and use a dry mop to clean it up.
Laminate flooring – This was made to be an easily cleaned. You can use a vacuum or a dust mop on this surface. For spills just clean it with a damp cloth or sponge.
Vinyl or Linoleum floors – sweep and dust often. You can mop the floor with warm water and a bit of liquid dish detergent. This floor is perfect for the vinegar and water solution as it makes it shine.
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