The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, which means it stands to be one of the grimiest rooms, especially the floors. Whether you have tile, hardwood, laminate, or concrete floors, you can learn to clean them like a pro with these tips.
If you have hardwood in your kitchen, add one teaspoon of castile soap into a 24-ounce spray bottle of hot water, and add a few drops of lemon, rosemary, mint orange, or eucalyptus essential oil if you want a slight scent to your DIY cleaner. Lightly spray your floors with the solution and mop it up with a microfiber mop. Many cleaning sites recommend the Libman Cleaning Mop as it’s designed to pick up 20% more dirt from your floors and reduce the amount of water on your floors which will help keep your hardwoods in tip-top shape.
If you have tile floors, you’re in luck – they’re very easy to clean and can withstand almost anything except acidic ingredients like ammonia. You can use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber mop, the castile solution mentioned above, or even a steam cleaner. If you have lots of tile in your home, investing in even a cheaper steam cleaner will make quick work of thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing your floors.
Laminate is more resistant to stains and damage than hardwood, but it can still stain and be scraped and should be treated with care. For this reason, using the aforementioned castile solution on laminate floors would be a great idea. If your floors have developed a film or waxy substance from prior misuse of cleaning products, mix a cup of white vinegar into a gallon of hot water and use this solution to mop your floors. You can spray the solution onto your floors and then mop or use a traditional wring-mop with the vinegar solution.
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Many new homes, home renovations, and new apartment homes have polished concrete in the kitchen because it is simple, modern, sturdy, and easy to clean. Simply use a mild cleaning solution like castile + hot water or vinegar + hot water and mop as you normally would. You should not use bleach, ammonia, or any very acidic substance on your indoor concrete.