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How to clean concrete screed, stone, wood and other types of flooring

So you already know about the different types of flooring for your home, and since you’re spending your hard-earned money on new floors, make sure you take great care of it so it’ll last.

 

STONE FLOORING

Do not use acidic cleaners (including vinegar or lemon) as it can cause etching, or ammonia-based ones as it can wear down the sealant.

What you’ll need:

+ Gentle pH-neutral stone cleaner
+ Cool water
+ Twist mop
+ Microfibre cloth
+ Non-scratching sponge

How to clean:

Use a diluted cleaner solution in cool water — it shouldn't be too concentrated or it will damage the stone and also require more water to clean . Mop quickly in an ‘S’ pattern. To target stubborn dirt, use the soft side of a sponge and not its scouring pad, rubbing along the grain of the marble. Dry immediately with a clean and soft microfibre cloth.

 

HARDWOOD AND LAMINATED FLOORING

Wood is beautiful but not easy to look after. Too much moisture will cause warping, while too much oil and residue will actually dull it.

What you’ll need:

+ Warm water
+ Dishwashing liquid
+ Vinegar
+ Soft-bristle broom or vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment
+ Twist mop
+ Microfibre cloth

How to clean:

The best way is to go for what the manufacturer sells, but you could also just use a solution of warm water, a squirt of dishwashing liquid and a capful of vinegar. Sweep or vacuum before mopping with the solution, rinsing the head of the mop every few minutes. Wring it out well, trying to get as much water out as possible each time. Use a soft cloth to buff dry.

 

VINYL FLOORING

Durable and long-lasting, its cleaning process is quite straightforward. However, avoid harsh cleaners that can damage its surface and cleaners that leave a sticky residue.

What you’ll need:

+ Hot water
+ Dishwashing liquid
+ Vinegar
+ Soft brush or vacuum cleaner
+ Sponge mop

How to clean:

Sweep or vacuum first. Loosen stubborn dirt with hot water and dishwashing liquid. Mix one cup of vinegar in a small bucket of hot water, using a sponge mop to clean. Wipe dry.

 

CONCRETE SCREED

Concrete is porous, uneven and tends to be “dusty”, which can make it troublesome to clean. The cleanliness of the cleaning tools you use is also a factor in maintaining the material’s colour tone.

What you’ll need:

+ pH-neutral cleaner
+ Hot water
+ Stiff-bristle brush or vacuum cleaner with a floor brush attachment
+ Mop

How to clean:

Sweep and vacuum often, and mop occasionally with a solution of a few drops of cleaner in a bucket of hot water. Make sure the mop is clean to begin with, as concrete absorbs dirt and stains easily. For tougher grease stains, wet the area and apply a "paste" of detergent powder and hot water. Scrub off after 10 minutes. Mind that this might result in a slightly lighter patch, as the area would be “cleaner”.

 

View the different types of flooring in our gallery of homes here!

 

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