How to clean floors with bleach

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Chlorine bleach is used for cleaning floors in a number of situations. Clean-up from flooding and biologically infected surfaces are two of the most critical. Everyday applications include cleaning and disinfecting floors at home. Linoleum, tile, vinyl and concrete floors can be cleaned on a regular basis with chlorine bleach. Hardwood floors can be spot-cleaned or cleaned entirely and disinfected with chlorine bleach if they are contaminated with mould or mildew. Bleach will damage hardwood floors when used in a strong-enough solution to kill bacteria. Hardwood floors should not be cleaned on a regular basis with bleach.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Mop

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Instructions

    Regular Cleaning

  1. 1

    Clean linoleum, tile, vinyl or concrete floors by removing all movable furniture from the floor and sweeping it thoroughly with a broom to remove debris.

  2. 2

    Mix a solution of one part bleach to one part of warm water or 1 cup of bleach to 1 cup of warm water in the quantity you need.

  3. 3

    Scrub the perimeter of the floor with a long-handled, soft-bristled brush, taking care not to get the bleach solution on the baseboard or the legs of any remaining furniture.

  4. 4

    Wring out the mop so that it is wet but not soaked and mop the centre of the floor in long, smooth strokes. Allow the bleach solution to remain on the floor for five minutes.

  5. 5

    Mop the floor with clear water.

  6. 6

    Clean the garage floor regularly with a solution of 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon of water to prevent odours and build-up of grease and oil.

    Flood, Contamination, Mold/Mildew

  1. 1

    Clean linoleum, tile, vinyl or concrete floors by removing all movable furniture from the floor and sweeping it thoroughly with a broom to remove debris.

  2. 2

    Mix a solution of one part bleach to one part of warm water or 1 cup of bleach to 1 cup of warm water in the quantity you need.

  3. 3

    Scrub the perimeter of the floor with a long-handled, soft-bristled brush, taking care not to get the bleach solution on the baseboard or the legs of any remaining furniture.

  4. 4

    Wring out the mop so that it is wet but not soaked and mop the centre of the floor in long, smooth strokes. Allow the bleach solution to remain on the floor for 15 minutes to kill bacteria.

  5. 5

    Wet a mop with clear water and mop the floor. Dry the floor with a dry mop, thoroughly wrung out.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the leftover bleach solution to pour down the drains and commode to sanitise them.
  • Do not use scented bleach because it is not as strong as non-scented bleach.
  • Make a new solution each time because the potency of the bleach solution dissipates over time.
  • Test the bleach and water solution on a small hard-to-notice area of the material to be cleaned to be certain it will not discolour it.
  • Do not track the bleach solution into another room since it will discolour a carpet or hardwood floor.

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