Cleaning Hard Floor Surfaces
No more sore backs to clean your floor. Prevent injury to your back when you mop a floor by grabbing the mop from the top rather than underneath. Grabbing the top of the mop handle keeps your back straight. Since it’s hard to describe how to do this catch my video on my website. It also shows you a few other tricks to speed cleaning.
Linoleum and Vinyl Floors
Use warm water only to avoid detergent buildup. Most detergents contain phosphorous which sticks to a floor worse than tree sap to bare feet. That residue builds up, destroys the sealant and you end up with the unpleasant task of stripping and waxing the floor.
If your floor requires a cleanser, use a small amount of CleanEz or other organic cleaner. Fill a spray bottle mostly full with water then add ½ capful of CleanEz. Spray the traffic areas before you mop. The loosened dirt mops right up as you clean.
It’s not so groovy. Some linoleum floors contain deep grooves that even pre-spraying won’t loosen. Dip a nylon scrub bush – one that attaches to a handle - into a bucket of water and 2 to 3 ounces of CleanEz. Twice a year give the floor a good scrub. Rinse with 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar mixed in one-half gallon water.
Tricks of the trade: Remove black heel marks with a dab of rubbing alcohol or toothpaste. Gum comes off by freezing it with ice. Oil and grease dissolve with concentrated CleanEz. Dab on wait 7 to 8 minutes then wipe. Reapply if needed then rinse with vinegar and water. Any wax that has dripped on the floor can be melted off using a hair dryer. Wipe away with a white paper towel.
Marble, Tile, Slate and Composite Floors
Side note: When you look for hard floor surfacing, lean towards linoleum and not vinyl. The off gassing from any kind of vinyl including flooring lingers for years contributing to cancer, asthma, lung and respiratory ailments. Also opt for real wood flooring rather than laminated due to the fumes emitted from the adhesive used in laminated floors. If adhesive is used during installation request a less toxic adhesive and leave the home for several days.