Modern homes are utilizing a number of new conveniences to not only become more enjoyable, but also to be safer. Today, one of the most widely-utilized home-safety inventions is non-slip flooring, which is often applied in kitchens, bathrooms, and other high-traffic areas where water may be present. Non-slip flooring is often textured, featuring small colored bumps that not only give them a pleasing aesthetic design but also increased grip and functionality to prevent you from falling down when water is present.
Unfortunately, anyone with some of these floors can tell you just how much of a pain they can be to clean—the textured surface often fills up with grime and dirt, and getting this dirt out can be a labor-intensive project. If you’re not sure how to tackle this task, or you’ve tried everything and are on the verge of giving up, this blog is for you. Here is how to make cleaning these non-slip floors easy.
You’ll need the following household tools:
- A bucket, full of warm water
- Soft brushes or sponges to clean your floor
- Floor cleaning powder or soap
- Old rags or towels
1. Apply Soap
First, you’ll want to apply a thin layer of floor soap to a small area of the floor that needs cleaning. Don’t try to tackle the whole floor all at once; you’ll probably only wind up with dried soap on the floor making it even more difficult for you to fully clean later.
2. Scrub It In
Once you’ve put a layer of cleaning agent down, dip your cleaning brush or sponge into the bucket of warm water and gently scrub at it. Work in small sections at a time, giving the soap a good opportunity to really dig into the tiniest bits of texture in your floor and pull the dirt out. You’ll want to rinse your brush periodically to remove the dirt that may have accumulated in the bristles or textured sponge surface in order to avoid re-applying the dirt right back into your floor.
3. Rinse Well
Once the area you’ve been working on has been cleaned, apply clean water to loosen any remaining soap and then use an old towel or rag to wipe up the water. Don’t let the water dry on its own—this will simply leave a residue of soap and dirt on your floor that will just dry up and continue to make your floors look dirty. This is another reason you should only work in small sections: trying to dry the entire floor will take a lot of careful planning and difficulty, even for small spaces.
Repeat this process as many times as necessary, and be careful to allow the floor to dry completely before opening the room back up to normal foot traffic. A non-slip floor that’s wet can still provide a slip hazard, just not as dangerous of one as a regular tile, ceramic, linoleum, or vinyl floor.
4. What If I Need Extra Power?
So you’ve been scrubbing away at your floor for what feels like hours, and a tricky, engrained stain just doesn’t seem to want to come out. Does that mean your floor is ruined? Not necessarily; some floors just take a little bit of extra firepower to remove, and that firepower can come from a steam cleaner. These effective devices are generally designed for deep-cleaning carpets, but they’re also surprisingly effective on these non-slip floor surfaces because of their ability to penetrate down into the floor’s texture to remove stains.
Furthermore, keeping a floor clean with regular mopping is also integral to help avoid having to do a deep scrubbing like this. Make sure you choose a mop that’s designed for textured floors—a sponge mop not only won’t work well, but will probably fall apart on the texture. Instead, use a rag mop soaked with water and carefully scrub any particularly affected areas and you should notice your floors remain cleaner for much longer.The Manassas cleaning service experts from Elite Cleaning Services, LLC can help you get your floors to a spotless shine! Call us today at (888) 627-1497 to request a service quote.