One question we always get after installing brand new flooring is: How can I keep my new floors looking this great? There are lots of ways you can care for your new flooring, but it all starts with proper cleaning and maintenance. The good news is, there are lots of great natural ingredients you can use on your floors that tackle grime and bacteria, preserve the quality of the flooring, and are safe options for you, your family, and your pets. Sound good? We thought so. Let’s dive into some of the natural cleaning ingredients we recommend for cleaning your floors.
Vinegar is a great option for cleaning just about anything in your home. As an added bonus, it’s incredibly affordable as well. Vinegar is tough on bacteria, mildew, dirt, and grime. Meaning, it has you covered for pretty much any mess the day throws your way. Before you tackle your floors, dilute the vinegar with warm or hot water. This will give the mixture even more antibacterial punch! You can rest assured that vinegar won’t harm your hardwood floors either.
Olive Oil & Lemon
No, this isn’t a recipe for salad dressing. Although, you may as well mix a little bit extra for your dinner while you prepare this cleaning solution. Just as you would with vinegar, it’s a good idea to add a bit of hot water to this mixture before you clean your floors. The great thing about this natural cleaning solution is that it does double duty. The lemon in the mixture will help disinfect and clean your floors. Meanwhile, the olive oil will help polish the floors. Another big pro of this cleaning solution is that you don’t need to rinse it off your floors when you’re done cleaning. You can let the solution air dry on its own. Just be sure to be mindful of the wet surface as it may become slippery. Once the solution is dry, you’ll be left with floors that have a beautiful sheen, making them look extra fresh and clean! Keep in mind, this solution is best for hardwood floors.
Essential Oils & Baking Soda
If scent is important to you, essential oils are a great option. They can be added to just about any cleaning mixture and will give your home a nice smell. Even better, many essential oils have great anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties as well. A few great options for cleaning are lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender.
On the flip side, if you’re looking to get rid of a scent that just won’t go away. Baking soda is a great option. This works especially well for carpet flooring. Let the baking soda sit on the area you’re cleaning for a few hours and then vacuum it up and say goodbye to unpleasant odors.
If you are looking to install new flooring or you have questions about how to maintain recently installed floors, Premier is here to help! We have years of experience and can guide you to the right flooring for your needs. Contact us today to find out how we can work together to help you create your dream home!