One of the most important places in your house is your kitchen. This also could be one of the dirtiest when it comes to your floor. You want to make sure that you’re keeping your kitchen floor clean. Below is a guide that you can use to help you keep your kitchen floor looking great.

General Tips

Before we get into how to clean your floor, we’re going to give you some general tips on what you can do to help your floor look great regularly.

Choose the Right Cleanser

Vinegar

Vinegar will work for a lot of types of floors. In fact, a simple solution of warm water and vinegar will clean many floors. Place a quarter of a cup of vinegar in 26 ounces of water for cleaning:

  • Cork
  • Porcelain
  • Vinyl

Neutral pH

If you have a bamboo, hardwood or stone floor, you should choose cleaner with a neutral pH. These types of floors need a cleanser that is gentler. Neutral pH cleaners can be bought at department stores. Put it on your floor as the bottle directs. Most of these types of cleaners will be diluted using water. Around a quarter cup of cleaner mixed with some water should be enough to clean hardwood or bamboo flooring.

Mopping

Don’t mop laminate or waxed wood flooring. It’s unnecessary. These kinds of floors only need to be vacuumed and dry mopped to remain clean.

Steam Cleaning

If your floor is very dirty, steam cleaning is a good choice. Although using detergent, a mop, rag or sponge and some warm water often is enough, sometimes your floor needs extra care. Steam cleaners are special kinds of mops that fill automatically with detergent and water. Even though they’re a little bit more expensive, they will remove unseen dirt and bacteria much better than conventional mops. They also do better at removing set-in stains. That’s why they’re a good choice when you have a floor that’s especially dirty.

Now that we have gone over some general tips, let’s look at what you can do to keep your kitchen floor clean.

Vacuum

Before you get started, vacuum the floor. No matter what kind of floor you have, this is always a good choice. Vacuuming and mopping your kitchen floor weekly will remove any debris, hair or dirt that gets stuck to your floor when you’re mopping. Run the vacuum over your floor, using your upholstery attachments so that you’re able to get into the small spaces.

Using your vacuum on your floor will provide a very thorough cleaning, You can also can use your dustpan and broom if there isn’t a vacuum available.

Dry Mop Wood or Laminate Floors

A dry mop can be found in the majority of department stores. Plus, if your floor is waxed wood or laminate, you shouldn’t expose it to any liquids. It’s best to rather dry mop over your floor once per week so that you can remove the stains and dirt.

Go Slowly

When you’re applying your cleaner, applying just a section as you go. Use a bucket or spray bottle to dispense your cleaner. Then use a sponge, mop, or rag to clean the floor by sections. Get the tool wet, slightly wring it out, and then run your mop, sponge or rug across your floor so that you’re removing any dirty spots or stains. The type of tool that you use is based on what you want to use. But most floors work well with microfiber cloths.

Don’t use something abrasive on any kind of floor in your kitchen. Things such as steel wool often will damage your kitchen floor.

Remove any Stains That are Set in

Before you start cleaning cleaning, search for any types of things that didn’t come out during the routine cleaning. You can gently pry up any type of gunk that is set in using your butter knife. If there’s any residue left behind once you remove the gunk, use your cleaner and rags to wipe it away. Don’t use a tool that’s sharper than your butter knife. Keep in mind that abrasive cleaners will often harm the floor.

Allow Your Floor to Air Dry

Keep off your floor until it’s dry completely. Most of the floors are going to air dry by themselves. You don’t have to wipe up the liquid with a towel or rag. Some of the floors, however shouldn’t have any water that is sitting on the floor. If the instructions from the floor manufacturer indicate that water shouldn’t be left sitting on the floor, use paper towels to pat your floor dry.

Regularly Clean the Floor

Keep track of when the floor has been cleaned last. Make sure that you’re cleaning the floor at least once per week so that it’s looking fresh and clean.

If you’re wiping up spills that are minor, such as splattered food, when they happen, it’s going to be easier to clean the floor during your routine mopping.

These are the things that you can do to make sure that your kitchen floor is looking the best it can. When you are using this guide, you can make your floor look great!