Is your kitchen floor always stained or does it become dirty very quickly, and you’ve tried different cleaning methods but there’s been no improvement? Or are you never satisfied with the results?
The kitchen is usually the busiest place in a household because we all go into the kitchen multiple times a day. Just like every busy place, dirt is not far away, so naturally you need to find the best method to keep it clean, taking into account the floor type in your home.
That may be one of the reasons why you are looking for the best way to clean the kitchen floor in your home. If you’ve tried different cleaning methods but there’s been no improvement or you’re not completely satisfied with the results, then you’ve come to the right place.
There are general ways to clean the kitchen floor regardless of the type. The most common being daily brushing or vacuuming.
But when you decide to do more, such as mop the floors and use cleaning chemicals, you need to be clear about the pros and cons of each method. If you do not know what is perfect for your kitchen floor, you may end up doing more harm than good to it.
Most flooring will become clean after a thorough sweeping and mopping, but that may not be the appropriate method – some floor types do not need to be cleaned with a wet mop because leaving water on their surface damages them.
In case you do not know your kitchen floor type, don’t worry, keep reading. We will describe some commonly used kitchen floors and how to maintain them.
First, let’s look at some general ways to clean all types of kitchen floors.
6 methods to cleaning your flooring
1. Hoover before you mop:
Don’t just pick up a mop when cleaning your floors; you should do a thorough hoovering first. This way, you get all debris, hair, and food crumbs off your kitchen floor. If you mop directly, you will only end up dragging all the dirt around the house. If you do not have a hoover, a good broom/brush will do as well.
2. Clean spills before they dry:
We know sometimes you may get too busy and overlook spills and put them off until general cleaning. This is a great way to damage your kitchen floor.
When you leave spills on your kitchen floor, a lot of things can happen. Apart from dangers like slipping and falling, you could step on the spills and leave them all over your floor or walk them through the whole house making it all dirty. Moreover, this gives you so much more to clean later.
When the spills are left to dry on your kitchen floor, getting them out may become difficult. As a result of this, you may end up damaging the kitchen floor when forcefully removing the stain.
3. Regular mopping:
This is the best way to clean the kitchen floor. You shouldn’t wait for a specific day to do it. It would be best if you mopped the kitchen floor regularly, at least twice a week. Remember, it’s the best way to clean your floor.
4. Abrasive cleaning:
Regardless of the floor type, we recommend that you do not scrub or scour your floors. That is why it’s better to remove stains immediately. When spills dry up, mopping alone may not be enough, and you will want to “scrub” the stain off your floor.
The kitchen has many sharp and solid objects, and those will be the first tools you’ll find handy. But this is not advised. If at all you must scour, then use a plastic or butter knife. Anything sharper will result in marks and scratches, making your floor look less pleasing to the eye.
5. Use vinegar solution:
When cleaning your kitchen floor, you will not be satisfied with using just water for mopping. That may lead to the use of soap-based products like your dish soap for cleaning. While that may be good for some floors, vinegar is better.
Vinegar works for most floor types, especially cork, vinyl, and tiles, so you don’t have to worry about damages or streaks. A mixture of warm water and vinegar is sure to get your floor looking brighter and sparkling. If you mop your floor regularly, every day or more than once a week for instance, do not use vinegar all the time. It would be best if you used it only when deep cleaning.
6. Neutral PH cleaner:
This is available in most stores, and they are great for cleaning your floors. A neutral PH cleaner will do an exceptional job cleaning all floor types, especially stone, hardwood and bamboo floors.
Now, let’s talk about the best way to clean the kitchen floor depending on the type.
Best ways to clean laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is not as popular as it used to be back in the day. However, you may be living in a house with such floors. Cleaning laminate flooring is not the same as cleaning other types. You need a different approach.
- No scouring – As we said earlier, don’t do this for any type of floor, especially a laminate floor.
- No wet mopping – You’re probably wondering how this is possible, but laminate floors are not water friendly. When mopping them, use as little water as possible. Use a dry mop. If you’ve got sticky stains, lightly wet your mop or microfibre cloth and wipe off the stain. Using wet mops on a laminate floor will cause it to have streaks which damages them eventually. If your floor gets wet, dry it immediately.
- No soap-based products – Any soap will dull your laminate floor surface, which is why we say don’t use them. Vinegar will do a better job if you need to add something to the water you are using – just be sure not to let the water sit on your flooring for too long.
Best ways to clean vinyl, linoleum and cork flooring
- Mop with little water – These floors do not need a wet mop. Squeeze your mop head thoroughly, or just wet it lightly when mopping.
- Use baking soda for tough stains – Floors are prone to staining, so make a baking soda paste to clean any stubborn stains on your floor. You can make the paste by mixing baking soda and water. Rub it on the stained area, let it sit for a minute or two, then clean it off.
- Avoid steam cleaning – Vinyl floors are very durable, and steam cleaning is a great way to damage them. Do not steam clean your floor. Instead, use warm water when mopping.
Best ways to clean stone, hardwood and Bamboo Flooring
- For this flooring type, sweep with a soft brush. If you’re using a vacuum, change to the soft floor attachment.
- It’s advisable not to steam clean hardwood floors.
- Only brushing and dry mopping are enough for these types of floors.
- If there are sticky stains, use a damp cloth and then dry the spot off immediately.
- Dry flat head mops work better for cleaning stone, hardwood, and bamboo.
Best ways to clean tiled flooring
Tiled floors such as porcelain or ceramic are popular, durable and it’s fairly easy to maintain them. The best way to clean this type of kitchen floor is to:
- Mop with warm water and any soap – even your dish soap will clean it easily.
- You can steam clean tiled floors. There is usually no harm or damage caused.
- Avoid using acidic products on tiled floors. They cause discolouration, and streaks may form on the surface. Acidic products can also erode your tiles.
- After wet mopping, dry your floors, either with a dry mop or let it air dry.
The best way to clean the kitchen floor is usually an easy one. That is because only regularly sweeping your kitchen floor will make deep cleaning easier. When looking for the best way to clean the kitchen floor, always consider your floor type first. Be careful about wet mopping floors that are not water-friendly too.
And remember to let your kitchen floor dry after mopping them before you start moving around again. Walking all over a wet floor will only make it dirty again. Drying will ensure that they are clean for a longer time.
Meet our reviewer
Jimmy Pearce is our resident expert on domestic cleaning appliances. Having managed a large electrical retail store for over 10 years and with a family that includes 3 kids, there is little Jimmy doesn’t know or hasn’t seen when it comes to domestic cleaning. When he’s not spending time with the family or reviewing domestic appliances, Jimmy is often found in his man cave jamming on his bass guitar.