Consider Your Floors
When thinking about putting your home on the market, take a good look at your floors! First impressions are important and the floor is one of the first things a potential buyer will most likely look at when they enter your home. At the bare minimum, give all floors and carpets a thorough cleaning, maybe even consider having your wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape. If you don’t want to make the investment in refinishing your wood floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way. Professional floor and carpet cleaning services can also be a good investment to consider but you can get the job done with just a little bit of elbow grease. Here are some of my favorite floor cleaning tips and tricks to help you get your home ready to go on the market!
The best way to keep your carpet clean is by vacuuming often, occasional spot cleaning and steam cleaning it before it becomes truly dirty. The number one way to clean carpet is with a steam cleaner; whether you own one, rent one or even hire a professional to do it for you it definitely does the most thorough job. If you would rather go a more affordable route start by loosening the dirt in your carpet with a stiff bristled broom, then vacuuming, pre-treat the major stains in your carpet with a stain remover before you mix a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. Scrub the solution into the carpet one section at a time with a scrub brush and then following up with a cloth to absorb all excess moisture. Pro Tip: Remove pet hair with lint brush before vacuuming as well, to help make the removal of pet hair a little easier.
Tile floors are probably the most low maintenance type of flooring compared to most others. All you need to get your tile clean and sparkling is a broom, a good mop and the right cleaning solution. Start by sweeping all the excess dirt off of your tile with a clean broom making sure to get into every corner and little area where dirt can collect, microfiber dusters work well at picking up dust and hair from those areas also. Mix your cleaning solution with warm water and use a mop or rag to start cleaning your tile in even strokes, moving in a pattern across the room. Make sure to change your mop water regularly to keep it clean and ensure shiny floors when you are done. If your grout needs to be cleaned, try spot spraying it with a grout cleaner or bleach solution and letting it sit for a few minutes before mopping. Pro Tip: Avoid using sponge mops, they tend to push dirt into the grout of tile floors making it harder to clean.
Hardwood floors are durable and can last practically forever as long as you care for them the right way. The first step in cleaning your wood floors is to sweep them by using a dust mop, broom or even a vacuum to remove excess dirt and debris that could potentially scratch your floors. Try to avoid using vacuums that have a roller brush inside of them as it can damage the surface of your wood flooring, instead use a floor-brush attachment. Next mix a liquid cleaner and warm water in a bucket, then wet a sponge mop with the solution and mop. Be careful to not put too much moisture on your wood floors as it can warping and damage. I prefer to use Murphy’s Oil Soap but you can also mix your own cleaner using one part vinegar to ten parts water and adding a drop of Castille Soap. Pro Tip: To fix scratches, use a Crayon similar colored to your wood flooring and rub it into the scratch to fill it in. Then use a hair dryer to melt and seal the scratch, then buff it out with a soft cloth.
There are many other different types of flooring, but no matter what kind of flooring you have in your home the most important tip is to find the cleaning method that works best for you!