How To Properly Clean Your Slate Flooring

Slate floor cleaning
Slate floors are great looking but require quite a bit of maintenance, in order to keep them clean and scratch-free. In order to perform regular cleaning of slate floorings, you will need the following materials and tools:

  • broom with soft bristles
  • non-oil based dust mop
  • wet mop
  • mild detergent for delicates
  • water
  • bucket

Step by Step to Perfectly Clean Slate Floors

Here is how to clean slate floorings safely and properly:

  • Use the soft bristled brush to thoroughly sweep the floor and remove all dust and debris.
  • Use the dust mop to remove the even finer dust particles and debris – move the mop in one direction, rather than back and forth in order to properly dust it.
  • Mix a gallon of lukewarm water with a ¼ cup of the mild detergent.
  • Dip the wet mop in the cleaning solution, wring it as thoroughly as possible and slowly and smoothly mop the floor. Rinse off, dip and then wring it well again. Continue till you go through teh whole floor.
  • For the soapy residues, you need to repeat the mopping procedure but this time with clean lukewarm water only.
  • Let your slate floor dry naturally and refrain from walking on the floor before it is completely dry.

Make It Regular

You should clean your slate floorings like this once or twice a week. In between these regular cleanings you can help keep your flooring as clean as possible by doing the following:

  • Placing area mats, and door mats on the entrances and on high traffic areas – remember to avoid mats which have rubber backs, because the rubber can stick to the slate and actually damage it.
  • Use the dust mop more often for a gentle dusting of the slate floor.
  • If you want to vacuum your slate floor, use only the soft brush attachment. Be careful not to drag and bang the vacuum cleaner around because it can scratch the slate flooring.
  • Apply stone or tile sealant to keep your slate flooring looking great and free from scratches – apply three coats but follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Use a cotton string mop to apply the coats, and let them dry off before applying the next layer.

One last tip: If you are looking to purchase a suitable cleaning detergent for your slate floor, make sure that it is specifically made for slate floors, and never use an acid based detergent!

Easy Tips On Cleaning Oak Floors

Oak floor cleaningOak floorings are gorgeous and add a unique natural look to any room, house or outdoor space, but when it comes to cleaning them or removing stains from wood floors, matters can become slightly complicated. Here are some tips on how to clean oak flooring and how to protect it.

Clean and Protect – Mission Possible!

First of all, make sure you ensure the proper maintenance for your hardwood floor, in order to avoid staining and to reduce the need of cleaning it too often.

To keep your oak flooring in shape and well, try to limit the entry with wet or dirty indoors. This can be done by asking your family and friends to remove their shoes before entering, or by providing a good quality bristly doormat, and also placing area mats on top of the wood floor on the entrance, high traffic areas or the sitting area. Water can damage the wooden floor, so make sure you don’t stand or sit with wet or snowy boots on top of it.

If your wooden floor becomes wet for one reason or another, make sure you immediately soak up and remove all excess water with a clean dry cloth and paper towels.

You can avoid scratches on your wooden floor by using rugs underneath the furniture or in the play areas of your children.

When it comes to the actual cleaning, you should use a mop treated with a dusting agent in order to get all the dirt, hairs and dust. You should perform this dusting once or twice a week, and if you have pets or kids – more often.

Use your vacuum cleaner with a floor brush attachment to gently clean your wooden floor. Remember to refrain from using the beater bar, which can permanently scratch and damage your wooden floor. You can use an electric broom instead too.

If you need to do an emergency cleaning for unexpected guests, you can use disposable cloths to dust and gather any residue, hairs and other dirt.

Apart from the weekly or bi-weekly dusting and cleaning, periodic deep cleaning of your oak floor is necessary too, because some of the dirt and grime can build up over time despite the regular cleaning. This deep cleaning is suitable for the annual spring cleaning routine, or for the preparation of your home for the winter.

For the safe deep cleaning, you need a specialised wood cleaning solution, which needs to be appropriately diluted, in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer. Use a damp mop or sponge to wash the floor, but make sure you do not oversaturate it or leave puddles of water on it. Rinse it off, if it is required by the manufacturer, and ensure that there is good aeration so that the floor dries quickly.

Waxed oak floors should be waxed once a year.

How To Properly Clean Antique Rugs

If you are the proud owner of an antique rug, you are probably well aware of the value it has, and of the long-term investment, such a precious rug can be. The only condition is that you take good care of the carpet, its maintenance, cleaning and overall care.

Antique rugs cleaning

There are some tips from professional carpet cleaners and carpet dealers, on how to clean antique rugs which you might want to know, in order to guarantee that your antique rug remains as beautiful and as valuable for a long time.

  • Keep your antique rug out of the direct sunlight because the sun rays will cause the rug’s colours to fade, and the entire are which gets hit by the light will become lighter and duller. This means that you should ensure that either your antique carpet is placed in a spot where no direct sun rays can touch it, or use thick curtains, blinds or shades to keep your rug protected as often as possible.
  • To ensure that your antique rug gets worn evenly, you should periodically rotate it, or change the placing of the furniture on top of it so that the pathways change too. This will allow for the light to affect the entire rug evenly and will also ensure that the rug will get worn and used evenly.
  • You should avoid placing furniture on it or walking on it whatsoever if your antique rug is so valuable. This is the reason why people hang their precious rugs on their walls.
  • Take care of the fringes of your antique rug by straitening them by flipping each side of the rug upside down, shaking gently and placing them back on the floor.
  • Use a natural bristled soft broom to sweep the dirt and residue from your antique carpet. It is even better to take it outdoors and shake it or give it a gentle beating on the back side in order to remove as much dust and dirt as possible.
  • If you prefer to use a vacuum cleaner, never use the beater bar or the brush attachments. Use the nozzle, and clean thoroughly on both sides. Don’t vacuum the fringe at a high suction level, because it can get damaged, tangled and torn.
  • If a spill occurs, immediately blot off all the excess liquid.
  • To avoid staining, monitor small children closely and train your pets. Also, avoid drinking and eating over the antique rug, as well as performing other actions which could cause spillage and staining.