With spring right around the corner we thought it would be the perfect time to help you out with some spring cleaning tips for you rental property’s floors.
Your floors get punished daily, and it can be hard to keep up with their cleaning on a day-to-day basis. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to give your floors that deep clean you have been putting off. Use the following tips to get the floors in your home spic and span in no time.
Carpets are magnets for hair, dirt, dust – even mildew and bugs. You can combat this by vacuuming regularly and not rushing the task. That doesn’t mean that they don’t need a thorough clean every now and again. When it comes to stains that have been there for a while, don’t attempt to scrub them away as this can damage the fibers. Use a spray bottle with white vinegar and wipe away, or use a carpet cleaner. If your carpet is a lighter color, use a mix of lemon and salt. You can rent a carpet cleaning machine to clean your carpet of the most difficult stains and smells. For smells you can also use a mixture of cornmeal, baking soda and borax: sprinkle, leave for an hour then vacuum.
The same rules as your carpet apply here; the best way to ensure they are sparkling is regular cleaning. Sweep or vacuum in order to keep them bright, then use a chamois type mop to remove sand and dirt which can stick to their surface. For your springtime clean, use a non-abrasive cleaner to get rid of built up residue. You can also use lemon juice on ceramic tiles. After cleaning, buff the tiles dry by using a lint-free cloth. If you need to clean your grout, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it and leave it overnight then scrub with a nylon brush.
You need to check what kind of finish your hardwood floor has, if you can’t say for sure then always opt for a gentler clean, as the last thing you want is to ruin your floors. Sweep or vacuum using the bare floor setting regularly and clean up any spills as soon as possible – only deep clean when necessary. Pick a cleaner that is specifically made for your type of floor finish, and never use anything too harsh. In order to get rid of dirt use water based cleaner and dilute it into a bucket of water – you can use a mix of white vinegar and water if you can’t find a suitable one. If there are tougher stains use the solution with a cloth to give it extra attention. Remember to always soak up excess water with your mop as it damages the wood. After cleaning rinse the floor with a mix of lemon and water and hand dry to prevent streaks.
While it can be difficult to keep up with a daily cleaning schedule, spending a little time each week is the best way to minimize dirt, dust and unhealthy toxins that may be trapped on your floor. However getting a good spring cleaning in is the best way to give your home a little rejuvenation and provide a clean, comfortable and safe environment for you and your family.
This article was a guest post contributed by Naffco Flooring and Interiors.