Hard flooring is admittedly easier to take care of than carpet. For one, there isn’t the same problem with dust and dirt invading any fibers, although soil and grit can still get in at the edges of tiles. From a certain angle, taking care of the latter is even more work than carpet would require.
Ceramic Tile Floors
These can be cleaned easily using little more than warm water, but that is assuming you have already swept the area or vacuumed it to get rid of loose soil or dirt. The worst thing you can do is use a sponge mop, because this would just pull the dirt right into the grout tracks, where you don’t want it.
Use a micro-fiber mop instead. The ingredients need to be poured into a bucket, and then you can use the rag or micro-fiber to do the cleaning. If you are going to use the hands-and-knees approach, make sure you wipe in a circular motion across the tiles. Remember not to leave out the cabinets and baseboards. For particularly dirty grout, it is useful if you use a brush.
Take some boiling water and add two tea bags in it. The diluted tea carries tannic acid, which is good for adding a beautiful shine to the hardwood. Take the tea in a bucket, and then use a soft cloth to wipe the floor. Don’t dip it all in the solution; it just needs to be damp. This way the floor dries faster, and you will be amazed what two teabags can do for the floor’s shine.
Filling In Scratches
There will be scratches that stand out after you have cleaned the floor, and these are wider because you have cleaned out the dirt. So they need to be filled. Just get a crayon and rub it on a scratch to fill it. Do this for all the gaps you can find. Heat each with a blow dryer right after, and then buff this with a soft cloth.
These are the easiest to clean; any dirt will stand out right off, so you don’t have to look too hard to find It. As for cleaning, mix some borax in a bucket of lukewarm water and use this to wash the floor. Let it dry, and you are done.
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