As a Floor Cleaning professional in Tyler Tx, we understand the value in professional floor cleaning. We know that not all Tyler floor cleaning companies are the same, and certainly, as Cleaning Solutions by Panther Enterprises has 20 years of experience cleaning all types of floors in Tyler Tx, we know who you should turn to.
We at Cleaning Solutions by Panther Enterprises know the importance of taking care of your floors. When we ask our clients what their #1 most important areas to clean, it is without a doubt, their floors. With more open floor plans, we require to take extra time to do a great cleaning job. I thought it might be appropriate to provide you with some valuable information based on my research with floor manufacturers.
“Smart” Floor Maintenance Tips
The key to minimizing the need for cleaning formulas is good regular maintenance. Dirt on the floor can abrade the surface making the floor even harder to clean. Here are some “smart” techniques that reduce the need for cleaning:
Place doormats at the entrances (called walk-off mats, will reduce not just dirt but lead and pesticides).
Ask that shoes be removed at the entrance.
Plan regular sweeping, vacuuming or dust-mopping.
Cleaning Overview by Floor Type
Different flooring surfaces require a specific type of cleaning process. Using the wrong method and formula for your specific flooring material can eventually (or quickly) ruin the floor. For all of the following tips, please test first on an inconspicuous are to determine compatibility with your floor.
Floor care for all wood floors is not the same. You need to know if your wood has a surface finish or if it has a penetrating finish.
Wood Floors: Surface Finish
A floor with a surface finish is very shiny and glossy, and is protected by the coating on top of the surface. Surface finishes sit on top of the wood surface, like paint, and include varnish, polyurethane (urethane), acrylic and epoxy.
Damp mopping wood floors with a surface finish
Consider water an enemy to a wood floor. If it soaks in, warping and damage will occur. Damp mopping is a method whereby the mop is barely wet; you do not want puddles of water on your wood floor. Depending on how much traffic your floor sees or in specific rooms (the kitchen), you may have to mop it as often as once a week—other areas may need it much less. To damp mop, wet the mop and wring as much water out as possible. Go over the floor twice, first to dissolve the dirt and then again, after rinsing the mop and ringing it thoroughly, again to rinse. The floor can then be buffed dry with a towel or dry mop—this is done easily by attaching a towel to a clamp mop handle.
Don’t use oil soaps, wax cleaners, or products that promise “shine.” They leave build up and create problems when it’s time to put a new surface coat on the floor.
Don’t use vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and cloudy—which can only be fixed by sanding and refinishing.
Don’t use ammonia cleaners they will dull the finish and performance of your floor.
Don’t use vinegar. Low pH cleaners (acidic, like vinegar) can dissolve hard water and mineral deposits, but can’t tackle dirt and grime. Many people rely on vinegar, but since it is an acid it will eventually dull the finish.
Don’t use high pH cleaners (more alkaline, like harsher soaps) are good at dissolving dirt and grime. But will also eventually dull the finish.
For scuff marks use a sprinkle of baking soda on a damp sponge and rub.
The top layer of laminate flooring is a hard melamine wear layer over a layer of printed paper—it is very durable and very easy to clean. Basically you should follow manufacturer’s directions, but avoid their cleaning products—you don’t need them.
Don’t use soap-based cleaners or “mop and shine” products—they will make the floor cloudy.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch you floor.
Don’t wax or polish your floor.
Do Vacuum, use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth.
For spills, wipe with a cloth or sponge.
Environmental and Air Quality Concerns
If you use conventional cleaning products on your floor, well, think of it as swishing and swashing potentially toxic chemicals across the largest surface area of your home. INdependant studies showing indoor levels of pollutants (like formaldehyde, chloroform, and styrene) ranging from two to 50 times higher than outdoor levels—much of it from conventional cleaning supplies. Some floor cleaners include a surprisingly toxic ingredient list—people exposed to the heavy-duty cleaners often experience eye irritation, dizziness, loss of concentration, fatigue, wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Floor cleaners that give you shine also give you off-gassing of petroleum-based polymers. In addition, most of the fragrance that accompanies conventional floor cleaners are either indoor air pollutants on their own, or are inert on their own but mix with ozone to create formaldehyde and other toxic air contaminates.
For more info see http://www.shareguide.com/hazard.html
Follow the Directions
Likely to be the most important part of cleaning any hardwood floor, is to follow what the manufacturer recommends.
Vinegar and WaterThis system has been used for years and some still stand by its use. However vinegar can be acidic for floor finishes. Initially, you may not notice the effects, but used consistently over the years it will affect the shine of your floors.
Many of the products advertised on TV are often ridiculed with negative consumer experiences from the pros who install floors for a living. What is often missing in the overall picture is the preparation before the actual application. Residues from cleaners used before can have a drastic effect on any type of finish, be it a hardwood floor or a fine piece of furniture. More times than often the complaints are dull or cloudy appearances, sticky messy build-up, and streaks. More important than being aware lies in many common cleaners and those mentioned above can possibly void any warranty you may have with any new hardwood floor or finish.
Always consult with a professional before attempting to use any form of polish or cleaner on floors, most floors today, require neutral PH products.
At Cleaning Solutions by Panther Enterprises, we will use whatever product our clients deems proper for their own floors. We always dust mop and vacuum the flooring prior to damp mopping to ensure the floor does not get scratched. If no product is provided, we use a lightly damp mop to clean floors and alot of elbow grease.