“How to wash the floor correctly?” This question might seem funny. Indeed, what’s there to know about it? You take a bucket, moisten the duster in it and wash the dirt off the floor surface – here’s the simple principle of action. Actually, even this simple issue has certain rules and secrets, knowing which you can easily cope not only with the usual wet cleaning, but also with washing the floor after repair works.
So, how to wash the floor correcyly?
Before washing the floor, remove all extra items from it: roll carpet and rugs, take out of the room or lift all chairs, stools, toy baskets, floor vases and flower pots.
Then carry out dry cleaning of the floor: sweep with a brush, broom or vacuum (in dry mode!), remembering about hard-to-reach places — under the bed, sofa, wardrobe. There is plenty of dust accumulating there, and it will immediately fly out, making cleaning pointless. Thorough dry cleaning is a base for a successful wet cleaning. It is not worth hoping that the dust will be collected with the duster during the floor washing – it will be collected on it indeed, but the floor will remain covered with dirty stains after such cleaning.
Cleaning is recommended to begin with the far corner from the entrance, then proceed with the areas near the walls and baseboards (it is better to do it by hand, since mops often cannot reach these places) and gradually move to the center, and then to the exit.
The floor shall be wiped with a well-wrung-out duster or mop, then there would be no streaks. And to achieve an impeccable cleanliness, you can change the water in the bucket and wipe the floors once again.
Secrets of floor treatment depending on the covering type
Before wet washing, it is necessary to consider the flooring type. Parquet, concrete, tile, painted, linoleum or cork flooring – every type requires a special approach.
The least demanding floors are tile, linoleum, self-leveling or painted ones. They can be washed with warm water and a multi-purpose cleaning agent with no problems. They can only be adversely affected by abrasive particles and hard sponges which scratch the surface. By the way, abrasive means and sponges are contraindicated for any type of floor, except for maybe concrete or porcelain tiles.
Parquet must not be moistened too much. Parquet floor shall be vacuumed first or swept with a soft brush, then washed with a special agent using a damp, well-wrung-out duster or mop. Parquet does not require wet cleaning often – only several times a year. The rest of the time it is enough to do a thorough dry cleaning with a vacuum cleaner.
Cork floors also do not tolerate excess moisture, a soft duster or sponge will suit for cleaning them. Cork also likes dry vacuum cleaning: it cleans pores on the surface of such floor very well. Wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners are contraindicated for this floor.
Laminate is another “non-admirer” of water, although some water-resistant kinds of it started appearing during the past few years. This floor shall be washed with a well-wrung-out soft duster with a special agent for laminate floors.
To wash a wooden unpainted floor, you will need hot water with a special agent for wooden floors and a scrubbing brush which would help literally scrape it.
 Washing floors after repair works
During repair works, floors suffer the most. Whitewash, drops of glue, plasters and so on get onto its surface. Of course, people try to protect the floor – they cover it with newspapers or oilcloth, but it will need a thorough cleaning after finishing the repair works in any case.
first, you need to mop the floor with warm water to wash away all the major contaminations, as well as stains and traces that were not visible dry;
then, using a scraper, a sponge or a duster (depending on type of floor covering and stubbornness of dirt) you need to clean off the remained traces of whitewash, putty, glue drops, etc.;
at the final step, the floor shall be washed with warm water with a special agent again to remove the remnants of contamination completely.
What is better to wash the floor with?
Every housewife decides for herself, which is the most convenient way to clean – some like mopping, others prefer to use dusters. However, it is worth noting that washing floors by hand is not only a way to clean, but also a kind of physical exercise, which can be rather useful, especially in the case of sedentary lifestyle. Besides, mops cannot reach narrow slots, corners and areas near the baseboards – it would be better to wipe them by hand.
Of course, it is easier to wash the floor with a mop, but there also are some secrets:
First of all, you need to soak the mop well, wring it out even better, and only then proceed with washing. Even if floors are resistant to water, it is not worth to wet them too much – in such case, dirty streaks will appear on the surface;
for better dirt removal when washing the textured floor (for example, rough tiles, wood), you have to make movements in the figure-eight with the mop;
when the floor is shining clean, the mop shall be rinsed in clean water, wrung out and left to dry in such a position as not to deform the soft nozzle. If it is removable, it would be better to let it dry separately.
The lifted chairs and rolled carpet shall be put back in place only after the floor becomes completely dry.
There is an enormous number of mopping agents, nevertheless, some still prefer to use folk methods and wash the floor with diluted vinegar, soda, hard soap or ammonia. Some creative housewives use dishwashing detergents or washing powder. Of course, choosing a mopping agent is every housewife’s private business, but you shouldn’t be surprised in such case that there is an unpleasant smell in the house, the floor surface lost its luster or that some family members got allergy because of residues of cleaning agents on the floor. UNICUM multi-purpose mopping agent will help you cope with washing the floors quickly and effectively, without harming the floor surface or health of those who live in the house. It is suitable for cleaning and giving luster to all types of water-resistant floorings. The agent leaves no streaks, is suitable for washing floors in the house, as well as on the terrace or open porch. It doesn’t require rinsing and creates a protective nanocoating which prevents damage to the floor and accumulation of dust and dirt on it. To wash laminate, parquet and wooden floors, narrowly specialized UNICUM agents for certain coverings shall be used.
It is not difficult to wash the floor, especially keeping in mind the rules of cleaning which would make it as simple and effective as possible.