Are your floors dirty? Haven’t been cleaned for a while? You can use National Clean Your Floors Day to remedy the problem! National Clean Your Floors Day doesn’t possess a clear origin story or date; however, it can be deduced as an assigned day to celebrate an important cleaning routine that we often neglect.
There are myriad different types of flooring—which ones do you have in your household?
Here is a list of some of the most popular types of flooring people choose to install in their homes:
According to The Victorian Emporium, tile has been in use for well over 25,000 years, the Industrial Revolution spawning mass production of tiles and wide-spread public use. Hardwood floor and carpet have similar far-reaching pasts, also becoming more popular and widely used by the advent of quicker production processes during the Industrial Revolution. By comparison, laminate flooring was first produced in 1977 by Perstorp, a Swedish flooring company.
Here are some cleaning tips to get you started on cleaning your floors, respective to each floor type you may have in your home.
First, dust using a broom or vacuum, making sure to adjust the vacuum setting to “floor” so the roller brush doesn’t scratch your floors.
Next, mop using a damp mop head, as a soaked one can leave standing water, which will warp your floorboards. If desired, use a diluted hardwood floor cleaner in your mop water for a more satisfying clean.
National Clean Your Floors Day isn’t National Polish Your Floors Day, but if you have remaining time during your holiday celebration, Home Depot recommends finishing your clean with a polish or wax to seal your wood.
Similarly, sweep or vacuum the tile to clear it of damaging dust debris.
Next, mop, choosing a mop head that doesn’t push dirty water into the grout. Use a mild detergent in your water solution, specifically one that matches your specific tile type, such as stone or marble. For vinyl tile, Better Homes and Gardens recommends using water and vinegar or a vinyl cleaning solution; for linoleum tile, use linoleum floor cleaner or borax and water.
For extra cleaning, allow a paste of baking soda and water to sit on your grout overnight before wiping.
Laminate flooring is similarly easy to clean, according to DIY’s tips:
Sweep or vacuum, being sure to use the “floor” setting.
Mop using a damp mop head, hot water, and a few drops of dish soap.
To clean carpets:
If needed, you can spot-clean stains with your favorite carpet cleaner, or you can check to see if any of your local professional carpet cleaners are running discounts for National Clean Your Floors Day.
How Clean Your Floors Day Unites People
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor! Try to wrangle your kids, spouse, or friends into exercising these helpful tips to celebrate National Clean Your Floors Day, or play your favorite music or show while you clean and enjoy the holiday.