Spring Cleaning: Deep Cleaning Tile and Carpet

Floors come in a wide array of choices, but tile and carpet remain tried and true favorites among homeowners. Regardless of which type you have in your home, some form of maintenance and cleaning is required and this Spring we want to make you sure give your tile or carpet floor a thorough Spring Deep Cleaning.

Tile

Tile floors are durable and, unlike carpet, waterproof. Tile floors also do not require near as much maintenance as carpets, but if you want your tile floors looking like new for ears to come, there are several things you must do.

You should first know what type of tile floor you have. For example, natural stone flooring like marble will be very sensitive to certain types of cleaning agents. If you have natural stone flooring, you will need to be careful of what products you use to clean it, opting for products specially designed to clean your type of natural stone. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are less likely to be damaged by the more generic cleaners, and you will have an easier time finding cleaning products for these floors.

You should get into the habit of sweeping your tile floors regularly. Using a tile vacuum is also acceptable, it is simply more beneficial to practice daily maintenance of your floors so that they remain clean longer.

As for deep cleaning, sweeping should always be the first step. You want to get rid of any large chunks of grime or dust so that it is easier to mop later. When mopping, it’s best to start with a clean mop. Make sure that your cleaner is diluted properly with warm water so that no residue is left on your tile (you may have to make a second pass with just water). For tough stains and grout, you can add some vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice to your cleaner. However, it is important to note that if you have natural stone flooring, applying acidic ingredients to your cleaner can ruin the stone.

Allow the floor to dry without anyone walking on it and you will be left with a clean, shiny, floor!

Carpet

Sometimes spot cleaning just doesn’t do it and it’s time for a thorough and deep cleaning of your entire carpeting. First, move all your furniture out of the way, you want to make sure you get every nook and cranny. Invest in a good vacuum for your carpet, a quality vacuum really makes a difference in your results.

Make a first pass of your carpet with your vacuum to get the dust, hair, and other particles out. You can use carpet cleaners commonly sold in stores or opt for your own mix of salt, borax, and vinegar (there are many recipes online) to make a paste that will be left to sit on your carpet for a determined amount of time (from 15 minutes to a couple hours depending on the product directions). Then make your second pass with the vacuum cleaner.

Next comes the steam cleaner. You can buy your own steam cleaner or rent one from your local grocery store or home center. Chemicals or carpet shampoo are optional, plain water is fine if you prefer. Steam clean your carpet 1-2 times and then let your carpet dry completely. Avoid moving your furniture back or walking on the carpet again until it is completely dry.

And there you have it, pristine floors you can show off to all your guests. Make sure they wipe their feet before they come in the house!

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