You hired experts to renovate your floors, but you still rely on old wives’ tales to keep them clean? Cleanliness is a science that should not be taken too lightly. In fact, some practices can prematurely wear out your flooring. Our experts have listed 5 practices to avoid*.
Myth #1—You must clean your floors with hot water.
Most people believe that floors must be cleaned with hot water. This cleaning myth is actually one of the most harmful ones out there. Hot (or even lukewarm) water contains a higher concentration of limescale which, once water evaporates, gets deposited on the ground tarnishing your floors and trapping in dirt. With time, limescale layers accumulate and give your floors a progressively duller finish.
Hot water also creates a thermal shock, which softens the varnish for a few hours and makes your floor more susceptible to scratches and marks. So next time you clean your floors fight your instincts and clean your floors with cold water.
Myth #2—Dish soap is a good floor cleaner.
Dish soap might be gentle on your hands, but on floors, it is not. Its degreasing agent acts as a powerful stripper that attacks the floor’s wax or varnish. To extend the life of your floors, choose instead a product with a neutral pH (7 to 7.5) which you can purchase in specialized stores and in some department stores. If need be, ask the clerk for help.
Myth #3—Water and vinegar will do the job.
When mixed with water in a very small quantity, vinegar can help remove the layers of limescale left over from repeated hot water cleaning. It is not, however, a cleaning product. In fact, you should not use vinegar, an acid, unless you want your floors to deteriorate.
Myth #4—Oil-based products are the best cleaners.
Oil-based products can give your floors a nice shine. But, unless you plan on being featured on the cover of a magazine, you should forego them. They leave your floors slippery and not particularly clean.
Myth #5—You can use the same product to clean both floors and walls.
When choosing a floor-cleaning product, steer clear from all-purpose cleaners and cleaners that claim to be suited for both walls and floors. Unlike walls, we interact with floors on a daily basis. They require a cleaner with a neutral pH that will not leave any residue.
In short, you should protect your investment by adopting cleaning practices that will extend the life of your floors. You’ll see; it’s really not that complicated!
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*The tips provided in this article are applicable for most types of floor coverings, with the exception of oiled floors. You should care for your oiled floors according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Consult your SmartReno expert for more information.
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