We seem to forget that one of the best solutions for most cleaning dilemmas has been around since the beginning of time – water! That’s right, just plain, old, everyday water has always been a great cleaner for just about anything and everything! Nowadays, we seem to feel that only chemical concoctions will do a good job of cleaning, especially if the words “New!” and/or “Improved!” are on the bottle, but there just isn’t any substitute for the simple approach. These are some everyday cleaning solutions for any floors that don’t have a carpet!
• Need to clean and leave a slight buff on any kind of hard floor? Use water with some baking soda added.
• For no-wax linoleum floors try cleaning grease spots and dull, greasy film with a solution of ½ gallon of water and ½ cup of white vinegar. The vinegar cuts through grease, and the vinegar evaporates, leaving a fresh, clean smell in its place.
• For older, no-wax linoleum, use a mild powdered detergent mixed with water for day to day cleaning. Add a capful of baby oil to the mop water to preserve the floor, and be sure to wring out the mop well. Using too much water on an older linoleum floor can lift the seams and loosen the tiles.
• If you have brick or stone floors, you can mix a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of water, then scrub the floors with a brush and this solution. The brush will get into the irregularities of floors that have a rough surface. Rinse with clear water.
• If you have ceramic tile floors, use a small amount of white vinegar and baking soda with 1 gallon of water. This will remove most dirt without scrubbing.
A good thing to remember when cleaning hard floors is that – if you have hard water – most soaps won’t work well. And of course, for more serious, deep cleaning of ceramic, brick and stone floors – Rug Busters has great solutions that will clean and preserve your beautiful floors, and keep them looking like new!