For the best results regarding cleaning floors, typically sweeping, vacuuming, and a steam mop are essential to the cause. For floors that are extremely grimy, a rag and scrub brush may need to be thrown into the mix as well. It’s difficult to imagine all of the ongoing traffic that takes place on a floor-space on any given day. When the floor is dirty, the room doesn’t quite feel the same; it feels smothered, cramped, and it simply appears dirty. By refreshing and cleansing the floor, the individual has essentially refreshed the whole room.
Many people do not realize the positive effects that come from simply vacuuming and sweeping the floors before washing them, for it is vital to remove loose, excess dirt because when the mop gets the floor wet, remnants of soil and particles will be pushed into unreachable areas, namely the inaccessible corners of the room. In addition, a dustpan and broom prove to be useful; by applying a bit of pressure to the broom, it becomes far more effective. Furthermore, run over the floor twice, before assuming all of the debris is removed.
A floor sweeper outweighs the benefits of a broom, for the brushes rotate quickly and thoroughly, thus removing stubborn dirt. Basically, a floor sweeper is a hybrid of a broom and a vacuum cleaner. Next, the cleaner needs to adjust his or her vacuum to the floor setting; perhaps utilizing the hose attachment will be useful, for the corners are often difficult to access without it.
Another profound method for cleaning floors is through steam mopping. After the floors have been vacuumed, the steam mop will break up the stubborn dirt as well as that residual, pesky floor solution. Furthermore, for those on a strange kick to save the world, steam mopping is green and often the preferred method for these earth-conscious individuals. The hot steam destroys a host of bacteria, germs, and floor solution, while using a very small amount of water in the process; the pad retains the dirt until discarded. In most cases, the pads that come with the steam-mopping device are usually reusable. Because of the hot steam, real cloth pads must be used, nothing paper-based.
Although many frown at this next option, using a scrub brush, rag, and bucket, although perhaps not the most elegant method, may be the most effective way to clean a floor. Bear in mind this method requires elbow grease and cleaning on the hands and knees. Because of the direct, personal contact with the floor, i.e., the floor is scrubbed hard, close, and fast, there is rarely anything overlooked, resulting in the cleanest floors.
An almost as equally effective method is found with a traditional mop and bucket. There are a wide variety of cleansers, so it may be good to find ones that are relatively low in toxicity: ammonia, baking soda, and vinegar can be mixed into the bucket; in addition, lemon and peppermint may add a fresh flavor and sparkle to the room. A sponge mop cleans quite well, and mixed with hot water and the solution, grease, dirt, and debris stand little chance of sticking to the floor. A rag mop is almost as good as a sponge mop, but it really depends on what the individual feels will work the best, given the unique situation. Any number of the aforementioned methods for cleaning floors will prove effective, and oftentimes a combination will prove to work the best