Winter can be a rough season for the flooring in your home. After trudging through rain, snow, or slush outdoors, some typically ends up being tracked into your house. It's important to keep your floors clean of dirt, salt, and extra moisture, and it's not difficult to make DIY green cleaning products using ingredients you already have in your home. Many people want to avoid using the abrasive and toxic chemicals in commercial cleaners. Here are 3 green cleaning tips for your flooring:
1. For hardwood and laminate flooring, simply adding two tbsp. of vinegar to a gallon of water will provide you with an effective cleaning solution. "I encourage our customers to clean their floors one section at a time so they can clean it and then dry it immediately," explained Lexie Psyhos, Marketing Director for Performers Flooring in Bloomingdale. "Using a wax on, wax off method will ensure the cleaning solution doesn't sit on the floor for too long and potentially dull the finish over time."
2. For tile flooring, Psyhos suggests combining 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tbsp. dish soap to two gallons of warm water for an inexpensive and eco-friendly cleaner. "This is a terrific cleaning solution for tile floors," said Psyhos. "Grout can easily become discolored during the cleaning process, so always make sure you're mopping with clean water. If grout is discolored, a paste made of vinegar, water, lemon juice, and baking soda will clean it."
3. For carpet stains, Psyhos recommends using a solution of 1 cup white vinegar to 2 cups warm water, with 2 tsp salt added. "Blot liquid stains first, then saturate it with the cleaning solution," she said. "Let it dry and then vacuum up the salt. A couple drops of essential oil will help with odors. Lavender oil is my favorite, and it's safe to use around children and pets."
For more information, please contact:
Performers Flooring & Design Gallery
25W561 Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108