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The Best Way to Clean Your Floor

Published March 31, 2020

Keeping your floors clean is a constant process, and the steps involved are different depending on the material you have, and your goal. That is, whether you want to do a light clean, deep clean, or if you want to remove scratches. Let’s take a look at some popular flooring materials used today, and ways to clean them.

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    I live in a condo and needed a lot of assistance getting my flooring needs met (think sound issues, specific materials, etc.). Kody was an huge suppo... read more - 4/18/2019 

    Roy M.

    work was as explained, work was done quickly and right, bid was as stated very happy with outcome. - 4/18/2019 

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    Fantastic service, design, selection and execution. All the installers are easy to get along with and do great work. Ty and Teresa are my favorite a... read more - 2/12/2019 

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    Fantastic service, design, selection and execution. All the installers are easy to get along with and do great work. Ty and Teresa are my favorite a... read more - 1/29/2019 

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    Talented staff, excellent execution and follow through. - 12/12/2018 

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    They installed our pre finished floors, great job, love my new floors - 11/12/2018 

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    They installed our pre finished floors, great job, love my new floors - 11/10/2018 

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    5 star rating Builders Interiors provides the best customer service anyone can ask for. They were really fast installing and always on time. I had the master bathr... read more - 11/04/2018 

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    5 star rating My experience with this company was very good. Reeves was my sales associate. We wanted real hardwood flooring in our bedrooms. She was involved in m... read more - 7/09/2018 

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    We had an excellent experience. Jenny was super nice and helpful, and helped us put together a job on a tight time schedule. The result was beautifu... read more - 6/12/2018 

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    These guys saved our bacon when we ran out of tiles before we’d finished our project. Reeves was a huge help and made it possible for us to pick up ou... read more - 6/12/2018 

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    I enjoy working with everyone at Builders Interiors! Great showroom; great service! - 6/12/2018 

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    These guys are the best. Not only smart advice in their showroom, but they were fast, professional and came in at half the price of everyone else. T... read more - 6/12/2018 

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    5 star rating I did some small job back in 2012 and I was happy with the experience. Wanted to change the countertops, went to numerous places offering so called ge... read more - 4/11/2018 

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    Over all experience good, Good service quality work ! - 7/27/2015 

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    Great service and extremely helpful crew! - 6/12/2015 

    a homeowner

    Overall the floors look great. However we were out of our house 3 days longer then expected. - 4/13/2015 

    Alex L.

    Completed the project in a day, 7 rooms plus hall and stairs. Looks great. - 3/10/2015 

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    Very nice people and good value. - 12/07/2014 

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    Great service and great pricing! - 11/18/2014 

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    Great price compared to my other estimates. The floors aren't perfect but they are 85 years old so I think they did their best. The workers didn't spe... read more - 8/29/2014 

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    5 star rating Since the review, I had one issue arise. I called and it was solved quickly and with no problems. This is a business that stands by it's work! - 6/14/2014 

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    Great work ! Nice people. - 1/06/2013 

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    helpful consultation, didn't jack up the price with unneeded extras - 11/30/2011 

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    We love the new bathroom, It was completed quickly. - 4/24/2011 

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    Ty was prompt in contacting me when I started the process. His installers did a wonderful job, were great in keeping the area cleaned up after the end... read more - 10/14/2010 

    a homeowner

    Install carpet in one bedroom and the basement stairway. - 10/10/2010 

  • Laura D.

    Good work, fast and reasonably priced. - 9/30/2010 

    Steve O.

    Ty and his team did a great job. The schedule wasn't quite what we wanted, but he came through even after hours to meet it the best he could. The work... read more - 9/11/2010 

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    a homeowner

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    a homeowner

    Great to deal with and reasonable pricing. Definitely would recommend anyone. - 1/09/2010 

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Cleaning Tile

Luckily for homeowners, tile is quite easy to clean. The grout in tile, however, can be a dirt magnet. So here are some tips for getting tile all cleaned up.

  • Daily – sweeping or mopping works excellently
  • Stain removal – the key is to act fast and mop up the spill, and then use a detergent solution to clean the area
  • Cleaning grout – we recommend vinegar and dish detergent. While vinegar works well for water stains and other hard stains that need to be dissolved, detergent is excellent for tackling grease and dirt.
  • Stubborn areas – soak overnight by soaking a tissue in vinegar, and placing it over the area that needs to be cleaned. In the morning, you should be able to moisten and brush away the dirt. You can also apply a baking soda paste and spray some vinegar onto it. Let this sit for a couple hours, and then brush clean.

*Note: For grout cleaning vinegar and detergent work well, but if the tile is Natural Stone then the vinegar may etch the stone, so try not to use it with Natural Stone.

Cleaning Vinyl Plank

When it comes to cleaning vinyl flooring, remember that less is more. Sweeping and vacuuming are enough for day-to-day cleaning, and use a damp cloth to mop up stains. If you need to clean a particular spot for stains or grime, use a mild cleaner that’s designed for vinyl.

If you just can’t get a stain out, you can consider hiding it by placing a rug or table over it, or even replacing the stained planks. These are extreme measures, however, and you shouldn’t have to resort to either if you use the proper cleaning technique.

Cleaning Wood Floors

Wood floors look gorgeous, and add a lovely ambience to your home. Here’s how to clean your hardwood floors, so they look nice and shiny:

  • Do some quick cleaning with a vacuum or dust mop every few days
  • To remove grime, we recommend getting a wood cleaner. However, you can also use a vinegar solution (vinegar and water in a 10:1 ratio), with a few drops of detergent added in.
  • Use a mop to deep-clean the floor. Dry the floor as you go (or mop on a dry, windy day and keep the windows open), because hardwood is susceptible to moisture damage. If you have textured hardwood, you need to be especially vigilant about drying the floors.
  • Fix shallow scratches by rubbing a wax crayon on the scratch (choose a color that’s similar to your floor’s), then liquefying it with a blow dryer, and finally removing any excess with a soft rag or tissue.

Cleaning Other Floor Types – Cork, Stone, Laminate

Here are some tips for cleaning other flooring materials:

  • Cork: Sweep or vacuum daily to get rid of dust, and mop the floors with water and vinegar once a week. For stubborn stains or dirt, use a cork-floor detergent, and follow the instructions on the label.
  • Stone: Never use acid to clean stone, as it can stain the surface permanently. Instead, use soapy water to mop the floors.
  • Laminate: Laminate needs to be protected from moisture, so never wet-mop your floors. Sweeping and vacuuming are sufficient, and for stubborn dirt you can use specially made laminate floor cleaners.
  • Concrete: Sweep or mop for regular cleaning, and use soapy water for stain removal. If outdoors, the floor can be power-washed.
  • Carpet: Vacuum regularly, and spot treat dirty or stained areas. Be gentle and patient.

Sustainability

Using sustainable and eco-friendly cleaning agents is very important, because cleaning is something you do on a daily basis. From disinfecting chopping boards to washing dishes to mopping floors – imagine the difference you’d make if you switched to an eco-friendly cleaning agent!

Vinegar is a great option in this regard. As you’ve seen above, it serves well as a cleaner. It’s a natural substance, it’s cheap, and if you don’t like its smell, you can give it a nice scent with the help of some kitchen scraps!

How To Make Scented Vinegar

  • Clean and dry several glass jars
  • Collect lemon and/or orange peels, mint leaves, and cloves. You can do this over several days.
  • Put the peels and herbs into the glass jars until they’re approximately half full
  • Heat some vinegar on the stove until it’s nearly boiling (don’t try to smell it!)
  • Pour the hot vinegar into the glass jars, and close them
  • Place the jars somewhere and leave them undisturbed for 24-48 hours. After that, open the lid and give the contents a stir.
  • Your scented vinegar is now ready! Strain the peels and herbs out, and store the vinegar in a spray bottle or other container.

Builders Interiors is your go-to flooring store in Woodinville, WA. If you have any questions about your floors or need help with installation or repair, give us a call!

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