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Hard floor cleaning tips and tricks from ServiceMaster Clean

Our top tips for cleaning and maintaining hard floors.

Hard floors are popular in commercial settings due to their durability and low maintenance.

Hard floors are generally easy to keep clean, and a regular cleaning schedule will help maintain the floor’s appearance and hygiene.

Here are ServiceMaster Clean Devon‘s tips and advice for cleaning hard floors.

  1. Sweep or vacuum first

Before mopping, sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris.

This process prevents these particles from scratching the floor surface during cleaning.

  1. Use the right cleaning solution

Different hard flooring materials require specific cleaning solutions.

For example, hardwood floors should be cleaned with a hardwood floor cleaner, while tile floors may need a tile and grout cleaner.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific flooring type.

  1. Avoid excess water

Excessive moisture can damage hardwood and laminate floors.

When cleaning these surfaces, use a damp (not soaking wet) mop or cloth. You can use more water for tiles and linoleum, but avoid flooding the floor.

  1. Choose the right mop

Microfibre mops are great for most hard floors because they trap dirt and grime effectively.

Consider using a mop with a reusable and machine-washable microfibre pad to reduce waste.

  1. Scrub grout lines

If you have tile floors with grout lines, use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the grout periodically to help maintain a clean and fresh appearance.

  1. Use a PH-neutral cleaner

When in doubt, choose a PH-neutral cleaner for hard floors. It’s less likely to damage the finish and is generally safe for most types of flooring.

  1. Dry quickly

Dry the floor soon after mopping to prevent water damage or streaks.

A dry mop or towel can help with this.

  1. Protect high-traffic areas

Consider using rugs or mats to protect the floor from excessive wear and tear in areas with heavy foot traffic.

  1. Address spills promptly

Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining or damage to the floor’s finish.

  1. Regular maintenance

Establish a regular cleaning schedule based on the needs of your floor type. High-traffic areas may need more frequent cleaning than less-used spaces.

  1. Avoid harsh chemicals

Avoid using abrasive cleaners or products that could harm your specific flooring type. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Move furniture carefully

Use protective pads on the legs to prevent scratching the floor.

Lift furniture rather than dragging it to avoid damage.

  1. Inspect and repair

Periodically inspect your floors for any signs of damage or wear and address any issues promptly.

Spotting problems early can help prevent more extensive and costly repairs later on.

  1. Consult professional help

If you’re unsure how to clean or maintain your specific type of hard flooring, consider consulting a professional cleaner or the manufacturer for guidance.

By following these tips and establishing a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your hard floors looking their best and extend their lifespan.

Need help from professionals?

If you have any questions about dealing with a challenging void property or for a quote to support you on a project, call ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations to see how you can benefit from our services.