Some multi-purpose household products can be used on all surfaces. However, sometimes you have to be careful not to test certain cleaning products on more fragile types of materials, otherwise they will be damaged. This applies to our soils, which can sometimes swell due to water or be strewn with traces. Worse yet, white vinegar, which is known to be an ally throughout the house, can even deteriorate wooden floors! Also, not all of Grandma’s solutions apply to all types of floors and coverings. In order to know the best methods to clean your floors with natural products to limit unfriendly chemicals, here is a very useful guide to keep in hand for your next floor cleaning.
Important: Before cleaning, always sweep or vacuum carefully (with a nozzle suitable for fragile floors). This will remove most of the dirt and dust before using the right cleaner to keep floors clean and clean. Note in passing that these products for cleaning floors are mostly found in supermarkets, organic stores or DIY stores.
Cleaning the tiles, a floor not always very easy
Tiles are very beautiful and solid floors, but they can be a real mess to clean. Already, there are the gaskets that tend to get dirty and in addition, there are often traces. Let us take here one problem at a time! To save a tiling joint, it is often enough to give wet toothbrush and Meudon white. A paste of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap will get rid of stubborn stains. And for dirt on the tiles even, mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1l of water and mop.
All our tips for shining and maintaining tiled floors here.
Clean a wooden floor
While many solutions can maintain a wooden floor, know that white vinegar is prohibited for this cleaning. So how do you clean your wooden floor? Start diluting 2 tablespoons of black soap in 5l of hot water. Then pass the microfiber mop, taking care not to saturate it with liquid. It is important to wring it out well so as not to risk damaging the wooden floor with moisture when scrubbing.
What about washing a laminate floor?
First, moisten the mop with hot water with a drop of washing up liquid. Above all, wring it out well to avoid swelling your laminate flooring. If necessary, you can always wipe a clean dry cloth to wipe off excess water.
Cleaning the linoleum floor
Lino is easy to maintain, but it can sometimes show traces depending on the detergent used. Fortunately, stains can be avoided and removed by rinsing and wringing out the mop regularly during cleaning. When it comes to household products, we keep it simple. Bring yourself dish soap (1 drop) and white vinegar (one glass). Then dilute everything in 5 liters of hot water. To provide an additional layer of shine, apply a thin layer of pure wax milk with a soft microfiber cloth type cloth every 6 months.
How about making a marble floor shine?
How to restore shine to a marble floor without damaging it? Already, we must remember that marble is very fragile. Acidic detergents (lemon juice, white vinegar or anti-lime product) are to be formally banned on natural stones and porous materials such as marble. As for the bleach, it is also to be forgotten for the marble. So what are the right products? Better to use a simple basin of water with the addition of Marseille soap or liquid black soap (one stopper per liter of hot water). In case of stain, dilute soda crystals in very hot water. Wipe off the dirt with a soft cloth. And to make it shine, use siccativated linseed oil when buffing.
And for cleaning the carpet, our cleaning tips can be read here.
Infographic which summarizes all this information on floor maintenance: