Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, & Tile Flooring
Last updated: July 17th, 2023. Originally published April 20, 2015.
Break out the dust rag, mop, and vacuum for the annual deep-clean—it’s spring cleaning time! We understand how overwhelming it can be to face all the dust and clutter that has accumulated over the cooped-up winter months—simple maintenance care can help make this spring cleaning easier.
Help make your floors look newer with these spring cleaning tips for Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, and Tile!
Freshen Up Your Carpet
Regular maintenance of your carpet throughout the year can help make spring cleaning a breeze, but it’s ok if you didn’t. We’ve got you covered. First, choose a good quality vacuum and keep your vacuum’s filter clean—it can help make all the difference when tending to your Carpet. If spot cleaning is needed, try to remove the stain by using water before moving on to harder cleaning solutions—remember to blot rather than rub the stain.
No matter what type of carpet you have, prompt attention to spots and spills is vital. Here are a couple tips for cleaning your Carpet:
- Vacuum at least once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas, paying special attention to areas where people sit and move their feet.
- Be prepared with the proper tools to clean up accidents quickly and that you know the right way to clean. Otherwise, you may cause more harm than good to your Carpet.
- Place mats at the entrances of your home’s Carpet areas – this can help absorb moisture and help prevent soiling.
- Have your carpet professionally cleaned every six to 12 months. Spring is a great time to plan for a professional cleaning. We recommend a hot water extraction method or “steam cleaning.” The manufacturer warranty that comes with your carpet requires that it be cleaned by a certified professional.
Keep Hardwood Flooring Beautiful
Typically, sweeping and vacuuming can be enough to refresh your Hardwood Floors. However, when it comes to spills and stains, you may need to use a mop. Here are some other helpful cleaning tips to keep your hardwood floors looking great for longer:
- Wipe up wet spills and tracked-in dirt should be wiped away immediately.
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum using a hard floor attachment at least once a week.
- Use a cleanser made for Hardwood Flooring to help clean more stubborn soil.
- Don’t use buffing machines as they can damage Hardwood Floors.
- Avoid steam mops because the high temperature of the steam can cause damage.
- Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for optimal cleaning tips.
- For sticky substances, harden the spot with an ice cube and lightly rub with a dull plastic scraper.
Do not apply too much pressure as this could damage or scrape the floor’s finish.
Low Maintenance Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring pairs the beauty of natural wood with easier maintenance. However, it requires proper regular maintenance not only during spring cleaning, but throughout the year as well. When cleaning for spring, keep these simple tips in mind:
- Only use soap-free cleaners.
- Remove loose dirt with a dust mop or a gentle vacuum without a beater bar.
- Wipe up any spills immediately.
- Use a quality laminate floor cleaner.
- Do not use excessive water, as it could cause bucking or separation.
- Never wax, polish, or use buffing machines.
- Don’t use steam mops. The high temperatures can cause damage to Laminate.
- Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
You can get years of beautiful performance from your Laminate floor with a little preparation and understanding of proper cleaning methods.
Durable Tile Flooring
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile is beautiful, durable and easy to clean, but daily maintenance is needed to keep your floors looking great. When beginning your spring cleaning, here are some simple instructions to help you care for your tile flooring:
- Clean with a damp mop to avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and grime.
- Dry tile thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth.
- Never use detergent or soap—they can dull the Tile’s surface.
- Place mats at doorways to help trap soil and other substances.
- Add protective pads to furniture legs.
- Avoid steam mops. High temperatures can cause damage to Tile.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning.
Whether you have carpet, hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, it is important to understand how to properly care for your floors. What are you waiting for? Get started on putting these spring cleaning tips into action!
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