How to clean different kinds of floors

You may have a ceramic tiled floor, or a hardwood floor or even a cork one. Every floor has different cleaning requirements. We’ve compiled a guide to help you out.

Different floors have different cleaning requirements. Some get grubby really quickly, while others are remarkably resilient to dust and dirt. We’ve compiled a primer on how to clean different kinds of floors:

* Ceramic tiled floor: Ceramic tiles are toughened and pre-soaked before sale, so they are resistant to water and are quite hardy when it comes to deflecting stains and scratches as well. They normally do not require special care, and they are able to deal with harsh chemical cleaning fluids, too. However, harsh powders, bleaches and liquids can strip the floor of its shine and texture. Preserve the longevity of the floor by using a mild floor cleaning liquid.

* Hardwood floor: Most hardwood floors, for example a Parquet floor, are resistant to liquid to a large extent. They come in pre-polished planks, which are normally finished in wax or polyurethane. This protective coating protects them from water stains and spots, but you must still take care not to use abrasive cleaning powders or harsh chemical liquids on them. A multipurpose floor cleaning liquid that is mild on the floor but tough on germs and dirt, is sufficient. Mop the floor once a day or every alternate day, as required, and let it air dry.

* Cork floor: These are becoming quite trendy in most modern homes lately, and they are really easy to install as well. However, they are extremely porous and so, they absorb water quite rapidly. While this is a good quality in a floor if you spill water occasionally, it also means that coloured liquids like tea and juice are also rapidly absorbed in it and leave stains behind. Hence, a cork floor should not be cleaned with liquid floor cleaners. Vacuum it every two days to remove dust and spray a vinegar-water solution to dissolve dirt before scraping it off.

* Stone floor: If you have a weekend home with a gorgeous stone floor, be sure to hide all your chemical cleaners. Even the smallest amount of chemical or acidic substances like vinegar can stain your stone floor and cause permanent spots. Just use a mild multipurpose floor cleaning liquid to clean a stone floor, and squeeze out excess water before mopping. Let the floor air dry before use.

* Linoleum floor: Linoleum is a relatively hardy material made from resin, cork particles, linseed oil and wood fibre. It also gets sticky with frequent use, especially in the kitchen, where spills are inevitable. Mix a few drops of multipurpose cleaning liquid in water and spray one section of the floor at a time, wiping it up immediately with a clean duster or damp mop.