Cleaning and Covid
Cleaning and Covid are two of the main subjects no one cares to talk or hear about!
I have heard that there are people who enjoy cleaning and get personal satisfaction from the process.
Myself, not so much! I do like a clean and neat house but if given the choice I would love to have someone else take on that task!!
Now in the time of Covid-19, bringing someone in to clean my house does not seem to be the wisest choice, and the need for the surfaces in my home to be clean and safe is even more crucial.
Since there are plenty of blogs and posts about how to do general cleaning, I thought I would focus
on the flooring in your home!
Our floors are some of the hardest working materials in our home – we expect so much, and generally take them for granted. A bit of vacuuming or mopping and we’re done right? There are plenty of products on the store shelves and they all work about the same, don’t they? Actually, no! Some products are better than others in helping to protect and maintain the original beauty of your investment.
All flooring benefits from these routine tasks:
- Sweep, dust, or dry mop daily.
- Vacuum weekly.
Here are some specific recommendations for monthly tasks for each type of flooring.
Solid Hardwood flooring
- Clean with recommended hardwood floor cleaner once a month – our flooring professionals recommend Bona Waterbased cleaning formula; it dries fast, is residue-free, and safe for people, pets and the planet, Ready-to-use, just spray and mop, GREENGUARD GOLD certified – very low VOC emissions, safe for all unwaxed, unoiled, polyurethane finished wood floors.
Karndean – Luxury Vinyl flooring
- Clean with recommended luxury vinyl cleaner – Our flooring professionals recommend Karndean Clean solution. When used properly, routine maintenance with Karndean Clean will safely kill and remove germs (just as washing your hands with soap and water does), effectively killing Coronavirus COVID-19 on the floor’s surface.
Tile flooring ie. Ceramic, Porcelain
- Choose the right floor mop. Clean tile with mild detergent and clean water using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop.
- Watch for soap residue. If your tiles look hazy even after cleaning, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a homemade cleaner with mild acid (such as fresh lemon juice or vinegar) on your ceramic or porcelain tiles.
- Dry the tiles – don’t let your glazed tile floors air-dry as the sitting water will form water spots. Take care of that by drying the floor with a clean, lint-free cloth immediately after washing.
Natural Stone tile flooring ie: Slate, Marble, Travertine, Granite
- You may use a mild detergent as long as it doesn’t contain acidic properties, such as lemon or vinegar.
- Stay away from anything that may scratch the tile such as brushes with tough bristles or scouring powders.
- Avoid water spots by drying the tile with a soft towel.
Be Careful, Be Safe and Love to all, Anne Marie