The Best Way to Clean Each Type of Flooring

Your home’s floors take a beating every day. Between spills and regular foot traffic, they need regular cleanings. After first sweeping or vacuuming to remove loose soil, here are a few tips for cleaning each type of flooring.

Vinyl

Perhaps the most common kitchen flooring surface, vinyl is also very easy to clean and maintain. Add a small amount of mild or pH-neutral soap to a bucket of warm water and scrub the floor gently with a dampened mop or soft cloth.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile floors are extremely durable and very low-maintenance. Mix water with a dash of liquid soap in a bucket and use a soft micro-fiber mop or rag to clean the floor. Never use a sponge mop because it will pull dirt into the grout tracks. If the grout is really dirty, use a soft bristled brush.

Wood

Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar into a gallon of warm water. Use a dampened flat mop with a microfiber cover. Be careful to not get wood floors too wet, since standing water will damage them.

Wood Laminate

Your laminate may resemble hardwood planks, but you still need to care for it as a laminate. Mix one cup of vinegar into a gallon of water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth into the bucket and wring the cloth to remove as much moisture as possible. Wipe the damp cloth on the floor, rinsing it as necessary. Just like with wood floors, use caution to not soak wood laminate floors with water, which will cause the seams to swell and damage the floor.

Linoleum

Mix up a few drops of dish soap and hot water in a spray bottle. Spritz a section of the floor then wipe with a damp microfiber mop. The floor should dry almost immediately, but if it still feels slightly sticky, wipe it with a clean, damp microfiber cloth. If the glossy top layer of your linoleum has dulled over time, you may want to add a floor finish or wax to restore the shine.

Cultured marble or granite

Using a soft mop or cloth, clean floors with a bucket filled with warm water and a mild detergent or natural stone cleaner. Never use powdered cleansers, steel wool, metal scrapers or colored scrub pads, or any products that contain dye since the dye can transfer into the stone.

Bamboo

Mix ¼ cup of mild or pH-neutral soap in one bucket of water. Swipe across floor using a dampened mop, wiping up excess moisture with a dry microfiber cloth.

Natural Stone

Mop sealed stone floors with warm water and a small amount of pH-neutral soap. If your stone tiles are unsealed, simply mop with a microfiber mop and hot water. Never use vinegar, bleach, or ammonia since chemicals will penetrate the stone.

To help reduce the frequency that your floors need cleaned, keep doormats at each of your home’s entrances, clean spills as soon as they happen, and allow your floors to dry completely after cleaning before walking on them.