How to Clean Really Dirty Laminate & Tile Floors

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How to Clean Really Dirty Laminate & Tile Floors
Flooring options include tiles, laminate, hardwood and stone. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

One of the many benefits of laminate and tile flooring is their hassle-free maintenance. Regular cleaning with a broom and mop will help laminate and tile flooring last for years. However, if dirt and grime is allowed to build up on the laminate and tile floors, cleaning can be a bit more difficult. Fortunately, only a few common household items are needed to clean really dirty laminate and tile floors.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Broom or dust mop
  • Dust pan
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1/3 cup ammonia
  • Towels

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sweep the surface dirt, dust and other debris off the floors using a broom or dust mop. Sweep the debris into a dustpan.

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the water and mix with a wooden spoon. Vinegar is an all-natural deodoriser and cleaner that will remove tough odours, stains, grease, dirt and mould from the floor.

  3. 3

    Submerge a sponge mop into the mixture. Hold the mop over the bucket and wring out the excess liquid.

  4. 4

    Scrub the floors with the sponge mop. Begin scrubbing the area of the floor furthest away from the entrance and work toward it.

  5. 5

    Saturate the sponge mop in the mixture whenever the mop becomes soiled. Continue scrubbing the floors with the mop in a vigorous back-and-forth motion.

  6. 6

    Pour the contents of the bucket down the drain. Rinse the bucket and sponge mop clean. Refill the bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add 1/3 cup of ammonia into the water and mix with a wooden spoon.

  7. 7

    Submerge the cleaned sponge mop into the mixture. Hold the sponge mop above the bucket and wring out the excess liquid.

  8. 8

    Scrub the floor with the damp mop in the same manner as before. Continue scrubbing until you have thoroughly cleaned the floors.

  9. 9

    Pour the contents of the bucket down the drain and rinse the bucket and sponge mop clean. Fill the clean bucket with water. Submerge the clean sponge mop into the water and wring out the excess liquid. Rinse the mixture off the floor by scrubbing with the damp mop.

  10. 10

    Wipe the floor dry with several towels.

Tips and warnings

  • Using soap and detergent cleaners will leave a residue on your flooring.

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