Cleaning the floor is an inglorious but necessary chore, which often involves dragging a mop or scrubbing away laboriously with a sponge. Fortunately, several cleaning products can help the work pass more quickly by loosening stains. They can also optimize the sheen and cleanliness of your floors.
One of the best all-purpose options for floor cleaning is liquid dish-washing detergent. Use this non-toxic, common household product on a variety of floor surfaces, such as linoleum, laminate, vinyl and wood. According to Care 2, for the best results, pour 1/4 cup of the detergent into a bucket of warm water and apply it to floors with a mop.
Oxygen bleach, or sodium percarbonate, is a common active ingredient in several floor and surface cleaning products, particularly those with the brand names Ajax, OxiClean and Clorox. As Homestead notes, unlike other types of bleach, which rely on harsh chemicals for cleaning, oxygen bleach breaks up stains by releasing oxygen ions. In addition to brightening and disinfecting floors, oxygen bleach floor cleaning products are environmentally friendly and safe for use around pets, plants and people. According to Ask the Builder, the bleach is particularly effective when it comes to cleaning tile floors and the grout lines between them. For best results, dissolve the oxygen bleach in warm water, apply it to the floor and let it soak floor for several hours. This will maximize the amount of stain-fighting oxygen ions that the bleach releases.
Citrus-based floor cleaning solvents, such as those that the companies Real Milk Paint and Tarksol produce, are some of the best options when it comes to cleaning wood floors with penetrating finishes. As Care 2 notes, penetrating finishes, such as penetrating resins and oils, produce a matte, grainy finish on wood, which ordinary floor cleaners can disrupt. While harsher solvents, like turpentine, can also do the job, citrus-based solvents are better for the environment. For optimal results, spray a thin film of the solvent onto your floor and then wipe with a dust mop.
Cooking-grade vinegar, such as apple cider or white, is a great all-purpose floor cleaner that works well on cork, linoleum and vinyl floors. According to Pioneer Thinking, vinegar is especially useful if you have concrete floors in the home, as it is one of the best products for lifting out rust stains.
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