How To Clean And Whiten Your Floors

How To Clean And Whiten Your FloorsWhite and light colored flooring materials show dirt and grime easier than dark colored options. However, they can make a small space feel larger by reflecting more light into the room. Daily sweeping or vacuuming will keep your floors neat looking throughout the week, but eventually they will need a little extra cleaning to return to sparkling white. The appropriate cleaning technique depends on the flooring material you have chosen to install in your home.

Ceramic And Porcelain Tile

Sweeping is the basic cleaning method for hard tiles, and mopping will take care of spills and sticky grime. Mildew and stains in the grout won’t come clean with these routines. A mild bleach solution loosens stubborn mildew and whitens light colored tiles. If the flooring is off-white or cream colored, use color safe bleach instead to avoid damage. Try one part bleach to every two parts water. A nylon bristled scrub brush will remove anything stuck to the rough surface of the grout. Mop with pure water after the scrubbing to remove any residual bleach. Some porcelain and ceramic tiles may require sealant after cleaning. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations before adding any wax or sealing products.

Vinyl Tile And Sheet Flooring

Vinyl and linoleum materials are flexible enough to resist shattering, unlike tile and porcelain options. Spills and stains can make your new white flooring look worn and grungy very quickly. Sweep and mop the floor on a regular basis to prevent permanent stains from wine or coffee soaking into the material. A very weak bleach solution, with at least 30 parts of water to each part of bleach, works well for disinfecting. Bleach won’t remove yellowing or serious stains, but there are other techniques that may help. Exposing the stained areas to direct sunlight will help remove yellowing from age or direct contact with rubber. Sprinkle a little baking soda over the damp floor to whiten floors marked with stains from spills. Let the baking soda sit for at least 30 minutes before wiping up with a damp cloth. You can repeat this trick multiple times to work out difficult marks. Avoid placing rubber backed mats and carpets on vinyl floor if you don’t want to deal with discoloring.


White carpet is one of the most challenging flooring materials to keep spotless. Daily vacuuming and immediate attention to spills will go a long way to preserve it, but eventually the carpet will develop a dingy tone from wear. Steam cleaning is the main method used for whitening carpets that have taken on a gray or yellow cast. Professional cleaning teams can add powerful whitening agents to restore your flooring to a nearly new condition. This intense form of cleaning can damage the fibers, so it is best left up to a team with experience and the right equipment.

First Class Cleaning can help residents in Manhattan and around New York City whiten any type of flooring. Call us if you can’t get stubborn marks out of your grout, or when your carpets begin to show their age.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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