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Mopping the floor made easy
Tips and instructions for cleaning

Mopping the floor made easy

Something quickly falls on the kitchen floor while cooking or you walk across the apartment in your street shoes because you forgot something when you left. All of this leaves dirty marks.

Thorough floor cleaning from time to time is therefore essential. Find out from our instructions and tips how often and with what to mop your floor, and which home remedies actually work wonders.

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Instructions in 5 steps

Wipe the laminate

Wipe wooden planks and parquet floors

Cleaning tiles

Wipe linoleum

Clean PVC floor

Wipe the cork floor

Clean concrete

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How often do I have to mop the floor?

Basically, the more you use a floor, the more often you should clean it thoroughly. As a rule, the entrance area, the kitchen and the bathroom in every household are entered several times a day, while the guest room, for example, is only used occasionally.

How many people you live in a household also plays a role in the frequency of cleaning. If you do this alone or with your partner, it is certainly not necessary to mop the floor as often as in a household with children and / or pets.

Babies in particular, who cannot walk yet, crawl and crawl through the apartment and like to put something in their mouths that is just in front of them. That is why the unpopular floor cleaning is not only part of the household chores for hygienic reasons, but also to protect your little ones.

If you have children and / or pets, we would recommend weekly cleaning, if you live alone or as a couple, it is sufficient if you wipe your floor with a damp cloth once or twice a month in addition to the weekly vacuuming or dusting.

Floor cleaning materials

You decide for yourself how you wipe your floor or which brands you want to use for cleaning. However, we do not want to withhold from you which utensils are indispensable:

Our tip:
You don't have a cleaning bucket? Repurposing your sink in the kitchen or bathroom means you can mop your floor without a bucket!

Instructions for mopping the floor in 5 steps

The cleaning of the floors is such an unpopular household chore because it is often perceived as very time-consuming and marks the end of the house cleaning. With perfect preparation and the right technique, you can save a lot of time with our floor mopping instructions.

Step 1: move furniture out of the way

First, go through all the rooms one after the other and place all light objects high on work surfaces, shelves or tables. Chairs e.g. B. you can simply turn around and store with the seat on the table for the time of cleaning. Take this opportunity to remove the dirt from under the chair legs with a damp cloth.

Step 2: sweeping before wiping

Before you wipe the floor wet, it makes sense to first clean it with a vacuum cleaner * or sweep it with a broom *. Superficial dirt such as B. crumbs, dust particles or hair are removed most easily and do not contaminate the cleaning water unnecessarily.

Step 3: Prepare cleaning utensils

Next, fill your mop bucket one-third full of water. Put on your cleaning gloves and add the appropriate cleaning agent, depending on the floor covering. Now immerse the wipe in the cleaning water. Then attach it to the mopping rod and place the mop bucket in the door of the room.

If the thermometer does not show any minus degrees outside, it is now a good idea to open the window so that the floor dries faster in the end and you can enter the room again soon.

Step 4: swipe from the corner to the door

Now start cleaning in the corner of the room furthest from the door. Work your way backwards to the door by repeatedly moving the squeegee at arm's length from left to right so that you end up walking over the same spot several times. Clean the wipe after every room in the cleaning water. In the case of heavy soiling, you should also change the cleaning water at least once.

Step 5: let it dry

Leave the freshly cleaned room and let the floor dry in peace. How to avoid footprints. If you opened the window at the beginning, the drying process will not take that long. But remember to close the door to avoid drafts. A perfect opportunity to ventilate again and then clean the windows straight away.

Our tip:
We recommend cleaning the floor when you are at home all by yourself. So you don't have to tell your children, pets or partner not to walk on the damp floor when you are finished.

Wipe the laminate with cold water

Laminate is enjoying increasing popularity as an inexpensive alternative to real wood floors and is often installed in living rooms and bedrooms. For an optimal cleaning result, use cold to lukewarm cleaning water with a splash of washing-up liquid or, even better, a laminate care product * to wipe the floor. Always clean your laminate with a damp cloth. That means that you wring out the floor cloth well. It must stop dripping when it is used on your floor.

A little vinegar essence or rinse aid for the dishwasher in the cleaning water will ensure that you wipe your floor without leaving streaks.

Wipe wooden planks and parquet floors dry

Wooden floorboards and parquet floors are beautiful, but also very sensitive to floor cleaning. So if you want to mop your wooden floor, there are a few things to consider. Too much water z. B. can cause enormous damage.

We recommend damp cleaning. Do not remove coarse dirt with a vacuum cleaner, but with a broom with very soft bristles. The hard brush of the vacuum cleaner nozzle could scratch the delicate floor.

In addition, do not use a microfiber cloth on parquet floors, only cloths made of cotton. The cleaning water should be lukewarm. To clean, use a special care product for parquet and wooden floorboards or a wooden floor soap *. You can achieve a particularly beautiful shine on dark wooden floors by adding half a liter of black tea to the cleaning water. In this case, do not use any additional cleaning agents.

Stubborn dirt can be removed from wooden floors by moistening the area in question with alcohol *, letting it work for a short time and then wiping it off.

Tiles can withstand hot cleaning water

A tiled floor is probably the most insensitive surface and is usually installed in the bathroom, kitchen and often in the entrance area. Use very warm to hot cleaning water to clean your floor tiles so that even dried-on dirt can be loosened. A splash of power cleaner * and vinegar essence in the cleaning water ensures a clean floor.

Make sure to thoroughly clean the joints of your tiles every now and then. Because of the recess, a lot of dirt collects in it.

Our tip:
If the joints are particularly dirty, first sprinkle the joints with a little baking powder and then spray with vinegar essence. Let the sizzling mixture work for a few minutes and then wipe with a cloth. The joints are now clean again.

Make linoleum shine with milk

Even if this flooring is considered to be particularly robust, some care instructions are necessary so that you do not damage your linoleum. Use e.g. B. only lukewarm and in no case hot cleaning water, so that the top protective layer is not damaged. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents such as abrasives or power cleaners. Detergents or special cleaners * with a particularly low pH value are ideal for cleaning linoleum floors.

With a cleaning water mixture of milk and water (1: 1 mixing ratio) you can achieve a special glossy effect.

Clean PVC floors without using aggressive cleaning agents

PVC flooring or vinyl flooring is an inexpensive alternative for kitchens, hallways and bathrooms. PVC floors can be easily cleaned with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar *. Apple cider vinegar is very mild and, unlike aggressive cleaners, does not damage the protective layer.

A cup of apple cider vinegar per 4 liters of lukewarm cleaning water is sufficient. If you shy away from the rather unpleasant smell of vinegar, we can reassure you, it disappears immediately as soon as the floor has dried again.

A few extra drops of jojoba oil * in the mixture add shine and make it shine new and fresh again.

Wipe the cork floors with a microfiber cloth

The unique aesthetics make cork a very special floor covering and it is also relatively easy to care for. No special cleaning agent is required for regular damp cleaning of cork floors.

Similar to other floors, a good splash of vinegar in the cleaning water is enough for a clean result. So that your cork floor does not soften, you should wipe it with a damp cloth as much as possible. For this you need a wiper with a microfiber mop cover. This cover has the advantage that it does not soak up with water in the first place. However, wring the wipe very well before you start cleaning.

For intensive cleaning, which is necessary about every two months if the floor is heavily used or not wiped damp weekly, use special cleaner * for sealed cork and wood floor soap for oiled cork floors.

Always wipe concrete dry immediately

Concrete floors have long made their way into the interior of the house and give every house a modern look. However, maintenance is more complex than the robust material suggests at first glance.

To avoid scratches, you should never vacuum concrete, but only clean it with a dry mop or dust cloth * before you clean it with a damp cloth. A mild, neutral detergent or washing-up liquid is best for cleaning.

Since colored concrete floors in particular can change their color due to persistent moisture, the floor must be dried by you immediately after wet cleaning.Therefore, divide your soil into small sections. Dry each section that you have wiped wet with a soft cotton cloth immediately afterwards. In this way, you can wipe your concrete floor thoroughly, step by step, without leaving streaks.

Our tip:
The easiest way to remove stubborn stains from concrete is with detergent! Apply this directly to the stain, leave it on for 10 minutes, then scrub it off with hot water and a nylon brush. Don't forget to wipe dry!

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