There are various types of materials that one can use for flooring the kitchen. These materials include hardwood floors, carpet, tiles, laminate, and stones. It is important to choose carefully the type of flooring materials used as these will have an impact on the cleaning methods and materials used. The various cleaning methods have advantages and disadvantages of various flooring materials. We will look at the top 5 tips for cleaning kitchen floors because apart from the materials used, we need to look at the various kitchen spills.
On a normal day, we have various types of kitchen spills. These include water, food items both cooked and uncooked, spilled over ingredients like cooking oil, corn flour, the garbage of kitchen cookware, etc. If these spills are not taken care of, they can cause accidents. As a standard procedure and regardless of the floor type, always start with a paper towel which is damp. The reason for using a damp paper towel is to help remove greasy food items. The other cleaning method then follows.
The cleaning process
This is the first step in any cleaning process. At this point, one will gather the materials and the type of materials used will largely depend on the floor type. The items needed are water, broom, bucket, vacuum cleaner, vinegar in case of a laminated floor, detergent, a cleaning brush with bristles, mop and clean and soft cloths or towels for absorbing excess moisture.
2. Sweeping the floor
Begin the cleaning process by thoroughly sweeping the floor surfaces. By sweeping the floor, we are able to remove all the dirt from corners and joints. Further to this, any dirt that might be under the various appliances in the kitchen is removed. Where possible, slightly move the various appliances aside so that you can see the dirty surfaces. Care should be taken to avoid breakages and accidents. Where the floor is sticky or greasy, it is advisable to use a damp piece of cloth before you use the broom.
3. Cleaning the floor using a vacuum cleaner
After sweeping the floor, it is now time to start the actual cleaning. In this case, it can either be done using a brush or using a vacuum cleaner. In the last few years, a lot of homes and institutions tend to use vacuum cleaners. It has become a very important companion when tiding up our homes. The vacuum cleaner or dustbuster will not only clean the floor but also purify the air and also absorb any allergy causing organisms’ e.g. pet hair. The vacuum cleaner dustbusters work by use of an air pump. The dirt and dust are sucked from the kitchen surfaces and floor. It is also important to note that once plugged on the electricity socket, you are good to go.
4. Cleaning the floor manually
In case one does not have a vacuum cleaner, he can use a mop and warm water for vinyl kitchen floors. If the floors are made up of ceramic tiles, a mop and sponge can be used and rinsing should be done frequently. Laminated floors are best cleaned using a damp cloth for wiping. In the case of hardwood, the floor should be cleaned using a piece of cloth that is lightly mist. Care should be taken to ensure that the cleaning detergent is not poured on the surface as this may destroy the surface.
In cases where there are food stains on the surfaces, use a Scotch-Brite pad. Wire scouring pads should never be used on any kitchen surface as they may cause damages.
5. Rinsing and polishing the surfaces
Finally, the kitchen floor should be left to dry before applying a little polish. After polishing, the kitchen can now be used.
In conclusion, cleaning kitchen floors using a vacuum should be taken as a priority. Dirty floors can lead to contamination and possibly accidents. Proper cleaning gives your floor proper appearance and can also make the flooring materials last longer. Materials like hardwood are bound to last longer if they are properly taken care. Always rely on these 5 tips for cleaning kitchen floors. Always do research properly before choosing your floor type. Ensure you go for a floor type that is easy to clean and maintain. Avoid floor types that will wear out fast and require constant replacement. Cleaning your kitchen should always be a pleasurable activity.