Currently, we’re all stuck at home under the stay at home order, and for good reason. The spread of COVID-19, while being devastating and still posing a very-real threat, has been noticeably hindered because of the stay at home orders being practiced.
That said, we thought we’d bring some of our expertise into your home to help you stay safe and healthy during this time. This blog is by no means intended to spread fear, we’re simply addressing something that we feel can directly help you stay healthy.
There is ever-evolving information as to how COVID-19 can spread, how far it can travel, what it can travel on, so on, and so forth. While there have not yet been documented instances of this happening, there is worry that the virus can spread on the soles of one’s shoes. And while we’re all stuck at home, we occasionally leave for food, to take a walk, and to accomplish other essential tasks.
Because of this, we want to cover how to properly clean and sanitize your floors. Well, because of the actual virus, and also the fact that we’re all at home all the time. This means that your living area will accumulate dust, dirt, and more, faster because of the higher foot traffic. After reading this blog, you’ll have some peace of mind knowing you’re keeping your home sanitary and safe, and you’ll be able to enjoy the bliss of a beautiful, clean floor.
First Things First
Before we get into the actual cleaning, let’s cover things you can do to keep potential germs contained when you need to go out. First, designate an area to take off and leave your shoes before you go walking throughout your home. Additionally, it’s not a bad idea to change clothes once you return home from your errands — after all, this shouldn’t be too difficult to implement since going out is currently a rare thing.
Cleaning Your Floors — The Basics
Before we get into the specifics, let’s discuss how often you should be cleaning your floors. Usually, it’s recommended that you clean floors and vacuum carpets or rugs every one to two weeks. This is a great rule of thumb, but we recommend doing it once to twice every week while we’re all stuck at home.
For one, it’s a great idea to take extra precautions to keep your home more sanitized than usual during the pandemic. What’s more, because you’re home all the time — whether alone or with others — you’re using your space much more than you usually would.
The more time you spend at home, the more dust, dirt, crumbs, and other grime is going to build up on your floor. Thus, you want to ensure you’re keeping your home cleaner. After all, if you don’t clean up the dust and dirt, you’ll be breathing it in, feeling unclean, and stressed by the need to clean.
How To Clean And Sanitize High Gloss Laminate Flooring
At Floorless Floors, we offer the best laminate flooring in the UK, both in quality and appearance. It’s easy to clean, is hard to stain, and is insanely durable. We’ll cover the process of cleaning this floor, the materials you need, and how to make a cleaning solution!
In terms of what you’ll need, be sure to have a broom, microfiber mop, and cleaning solution. In terms of process, you’ll do the same things as always. Start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor you’re planning to clean. As you know, this gets large debris, dirt, and a decent amount of dust off the floor, making mopping more effective. Additionally, because you’ll be using a microfiber mop, you want to ensure that there are no puddles of liquids on the floor that could saturate the mop.
Once you’ve completed sweeping, it’s time to mop! So either grab your store-bought floor cleaner intended for laminate flooring, or whip up this simple, effective, and natural solution.
All you need is:
- Dish Soap
Mix one part vinegar to three parts water and add a drop of dish soap. Then, mix and put it into a spray bottle. While this post is geared towards laminate flooring, this solution is great for cleaning any type of floor. It’s even a great multi-surface cleaner.
Now that we’re ready to go, get your microfiber mop. This is absolutely essential for laminate flooring — regular mops leave streaks and smudges on your floor. Now, mopping with microfiber is much different than regular mopping. Instead of soaking the mop in the cleaning solution and then cleaning the floor, you dampen your microfiber mop with your cleaning solution, and then pass it over your laminate floors.
Microfiber is great because it tackles dirt, grime, and dust without the need for excessive scrubbing. Not only is this nice on your arms, but you don’t want to scratch the laminate by scrubbing! As you clean, the microfiber will get dirty. Once it’s too dirty to continue, simply rinse the muck off, reattach it to your mop, and keep going! If your floor is very dirty, you may need to do it multiple times.
And that’s all there is to the process! That said, remember that you never need to wax or polish laminate flooring, doing so will negatively affect it, if not ruin it. Like we mentioned above, hard scrubbing is not necessary. On that note, don’t use steel wool or other scrubber devices to clean laminate, it will simply scratch it.
Hopefully, this blog has given you some helpful information for how you can keep your home clean and sanitized during the lockdowns over COVID-19. There’s no denying that this time is difficult, uncertain, and frightening. Currently, what we can do is follow distancing and stay at home guidelines, take care of ourselves, and keep the hope!
Thank you so much for reading this blog and spending some time with us. If you have questions about the topics covered in this blog or our company, please contact us today. And visit our online store to view our collection of beautiful laminate flooring.