During this unprecedented time in our history, many of us are stuck inside all day. While it is a great time to catch up on Netflix, take up a new hobby, or learn a new skill, it is also a great time for a little spring cleaning. Just like a refrigerator or a storage closet, your floors need to be cleaned regularly and thoroughly. While the average broom and vacuum will do the trick, here are a few other useful tools to keep in your floor cleaning arsenal!
Steam mops are extremely useful for sealed flooring such as tile, vinyl, and linoleum. While you can use it on laminate and hardwood, be sure to buy a brand that has the proper heat setting. Some hard surface floors provide great water resistance, but too much water on any floor can result in future damages. However, steam mops are great for picking up that dirt, grime, and dust that might go unnoticed by your regular cleaning routine.
The dry mop has become the modern replacement for the classic broom and dustpan. With a simple microfiber or cloth fiber attachment combined with a swivel head and angular surface, the dry mop can reach every little corner of your hard surface floors. Unlike the steam mop, the dry mop is meant for more everyday use. It is far more meticulous and much quicker than sweeping.
Carpet needs to be regularly maintained with simple vacuuming at least once a week. But, really tough dirt, dander, and pollutants can become so trapped in the fibers that not even a normal vacuum will do the trick. A good carpet cleaner or carpet steamer will loosen the trapped debris, break down mold and build-up, and kill harmful germs and bacteria. Depending on the amount of foot traffic on your carpeted areas, you will want to use the carpet cleaner every 8 to 12 months. While the investment of a good steamer can be daunting, it might save families with pets and children more money in the long run.
Heavy-Duty Grout Brush
Grouted tile in the bathroom or kitchen areas can be the hardest surfaces to clean. Over time, the stains and build-up get so tough that a normal steam clean might not remove them. Using a heavy-duty grout brush requires two things – a good cleaning solution and angled bristles. The longer bristles will reach into small corners, while the shorter ones do well against the natural tile lines. This task does require a bit of elbow grease, so be prepared to scrub!
With so many different tools on the market, it can be hard to pick which one is best for your home lifestyle. Make sure to do your research and find which brand is right for the price with the best reviews. If you have already started your spring cleaning, check out our other blog, “Save Time with These Spring Cleaning Tips.” We hope you are all doing well and staying safe. As Flack’s continues to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our doors will remain temporarily closed. If you have an issue or are seeking a consult, please email the store owner at email@example.com.