The Internet’s Best Floor Cleaning Tips
We scoured the Web for the best tips for cleaning your floors, and while cleaning is rarely fun, we have to tell you that reading all of this advice was an absolute pleasure!
We discovered endless helpful blog posts written by moms and happy homemakers that will blow your mind and make you laugh out loud. They’ll remind you that we’re all human, we all make messes, and plenty of other people out there have children and pets who smear unspeakable things into carpets and couch cushions. We also found that many of the worst stains and damage can be fixed with the household goods you already have lying around.
So, without further adieu, here are the ten best tips for cleaning your floors (and some furniture). Each tip comes with a link to a blog post with further instructions.
- If you have pets, you probably also struggle to keep your floors clean. Aside from the stains pets can cause, their hair gets everywhere, putting your vacuum to the test. The next time you decide to tackle a layer of dog hair on your carpet or couch, break out your window cleaning squeegee and leave your vacuum in the closet. Rubber is magic when it comes to picking up dog hair! First, dampen the squeegee, then swipe it across your carpet and rugs and watch the hair pile up for easy disposal. (link). You can also try this with rubber gloves on your furniture (link).
- Tile grout can get nasty in a hurry, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. If your grout is grossing you out, try mixing some baking soda with bleach and giving it a good scrub. You’ll be delighted when you wind up with a tile floor that looks like new again. (link)
- This tip is focused more on wood furniture, but if you have natural hardwood floors you could use this spiff those up too. Are you ready for a pleasant surprise? If you have scuffed up hardwoods, forget all those store-bought polish products and simply mix up some vinegar and olive oil. Dip in a rag and then rub away all those scrapes and scratches like magic. (link)
- Here’s another furniture cleaning tip that will come in handy. Microfiber is like a stain magnet, but you can clean it up with a little rubbing alcohol, a like-colored sponge, and a scrubbing brush. Now you never have to worry about buying a new couch when you spill your coffee or forget about that pen in your pocket. (link)
- Kids love to color, but when they get ahold a permanent marker it can be disastrous. If you ever wind up with sharpie artwork on your hardwood floors, try this trick: Dab a little toothpaste— that’s right, toothpaste — rub, rinse, and watch it disappear. (link)
- We’ve all dealt with carpet stains. Sometimes we get to them quickly and they come right up, but sometimes they set in and don’t budge, no matter how much you blot and scrub. If you want to say goodbye to those tough stains for good, grab your windex, a clean towel, and your iron. (link)* Please note that using any cleaning method other than vacuuming and hot water extraction may void your carpet warranty.
- Here’s another great tip for removing carpet stains. Generously sprinkle some baking soda over the stain, let it sit for 10 minutes and vacuum it up. Then, mix clear dish washing liquid and vinegar with warm water, and use a clean rag to sponge the solution onto the stain. Rinse it with cold water and blot it dry. (link)
- We often forget that our vacuums need to be cleaned as well. If you’ve never taken the time to look at your vacuum filter, you’re in for a shock. It’s probably black with grit and grime. But, before you buy a replacement (which can be spendy) toss it in the dishwasher and see what happens. (link)
- These last two tips are for those times when you think you’ve “really done it.” Spilling nail polish is a true flooring nightmare. If you get it on tile and grout, start with nail polish remover. Then move on to magic erasers, and if it’s still there, use hair spray. Once you get it out, rinse with warm soapy water. (link)
- If you spill nail polish on carpet, laminate or hardwood, wipe it up and scrub away the stain with rubbing alcohol. (link)
With these tips up your sleeve, you can handle any flooring cleaning project life throws your way! But, if the worst should happen and your floor is a total loss, come on by Carpet USA and we’ll help you select a new flooring material that can handle stains and wear and clean up like a champ.