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How to get your floors really, really clean

A true deep clean

It likely comes as no shock that your floors are one of the dirtiest places in your home. Your feet and shoes track in dirt, debris and bacteria that, if left uncleaned, can become one serious health hazard. So of course you clean your floors, but how clean are they, really? We know how to get them eat-off-the-floor spotless.

Woman with cleaning supplies

A true deep clean

It likely comes as no shock that your floors are one of the dirtiest places in your home. Your feet and shoes track in dirt, debris and bacteria that, if left uncleaned, can become one serious health hazard. So of course you clean your floors, but how clean are they, really? We know how to get them eat-off-the-floor spotless.

Don’t be afraid to do it the hard way

Sure, there are countless types of mops that can get your floors clean, but if you want to get things really clean, sometimes you have to do it the hard way. Grime builds up in the corners of your floors, so on occasion, it’s best to find your best knee pads and get on the floor donning gloves and a wielding a rag. Get into corners and really scrub tile grout with the cleaner of your choice. If you have a stubborn stain, a powdered cleaner and a scratchy sponge can help lift them. Rinse it away with a dampened rag to reveal a cleaner floor.

Find the right product

There are all kinds of floor cleaners on the market. Typically, even the bargain brand does an adequate job of disinfecting, but not all of them leave your floors with a sparkle. In general, you want to look for keywords like “streak-free” or products containing bleach or vinegar. If all else fails, you can always resort to the classics. Regular bleach or white vinegar diluted in water always does the trick.

Use the right tools

If you’re going to clean down to the nitty gritty, you’re going to need the right tools. You’ll need multiple sturdy cleaning rags, knee pads or a thick old towel, thick rubber gloves and a long-lasting bucket. On top of actually scrubbing your floors, you’re going to need to rid them of debris. A solid broom is a good investment, but to get every single particle, a product like Swiffer Sweeper Dry Sweeping Cloths can do the trick under furniture, around décor and more.

Steam it out

For everyday spot cleaning, a steam mop is an amazing option. With washable or disposable mop heads, you don’t need to settle for cleaning with a less-than-clean mop. Plus, the steam disinfects surfaces with heat high enough to kill germs in between thorough cleanings.

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