As great as these types of flooring may appear, did you know if you don’t take great care, they can be easily damaged? Follow the tips below and keep your flooring looking fresh for years to come.
There’s no denying parquet floors are exceptionally delicate, when you come to giving them a clean, it’s super important to avoid scratching them. For this reason, it’s imperative you find the right cleaning material and clean little and often.
First, give it a good once over with a soft brush or a vacuum with a soft attachment and ideally a vacuum with rubber wheels. (But hey, don’t forget the brush is more eco-friendly!)
Don’t be tempted to use a ball of rough wool to scrub, or an abrasive cleaning product that may work well on other floors, as parquet has its own prerogative!
You’ve probably heard you should never wet parquet flooring. It’s true, this is a good idea on a day to day basis, and when there’s no real grime on it. However, there are times when you may need to do more than just sweep the surface (like the aftermath of last night’s dinner party!)
Now here’s the truth, you can use a slightly damp mop. This is actually advisable for sealed floors, so where’s the catch? You have to ensure before using you wring it thoroughly, and Vileda has the perfect solution for that!
Make sure you use a minimal amount of water and use the easy wring function to remove any excess. Once you’ve blitzed the floor, it should already be dry.
If you have a laminate floor, you’ll already know they are super durable, easy to maintain and exceptionally versatile. One of the key things about the laminate flooring is it’s designed to look clean and shiny and proper cleaning will ensure that it stays that way.
First things first, step away from the string mops and don’t use bleach. It might be easy to forget, but laminate isn’t real wood, so no need for wax or polish here. Another great tip is once you get down to mopping, is to go with the grain of the laminate. So, this means whichever way the planks were laid across the floor, it really helps remove a streaky finish.
Cleaning laminate floors is an absolute breeze with the right mop. So, the first step to a seriously shiny surface is to make sure you have the right mop for the job. Try and find yourself a microfibre one. Microfibre mops glide across the floor, picking up dirt and pet hair effortlessly.
The swivel heads make it a total doddle to cover large areas, they get under tables and chairs quickly, plus they require less water which is best – because laminate flooring warps easily if exposed to excess water.
Once again, Vileda have the perfect mop for that! Take a look at the Active Max classic, easily available online with free delivery.
All in all, whether you have parquet or laminate, the two essential secrets to preserving both floor types are the type of mop you use and removing excess water. This is the sure-fire way to a shiny floor. In any case, you can always plonk a few rugs around the entrances to stop dirt spreading all over your freshly cleaned floors!