Although there is no set rule as to how often you should wash hard-surfaced floors in your home, household floors such as wood, laminate or vinyl, should typically be cleaned at least once a week. The frequency of how often you need to clean your floor may increase for a moderate or high traffic room.
Rooms such as the hallway or kitchen may also need to be regularly disinfected to kill off germs from dropped food or brought in on shoes.
But if you’re thinking about using boiling water to mop your wood, vinyl or laminate flooring, an expert is urging homeowners to think again.
Declan Christie, founder and flooring specialist at Luxury Flooring and Furnishings explained: “There’s a notion of ‘the hotter the better’ when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting with water – although this is not the case [with flooring].
“There’s no need to use boiling water directly on your floor to disinfect it, as it can cause serious damage to most types of flooring.
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He continued: “Not only is hot water bad for your floors, so is the steam it creates. The humidity mixed with the wood can also be damaging.
“That’s why we also wouldn’t recommend using steam cleaners on floors other than vinyl floors.”
Instead, Mr Christie recommends hand washing or mopping your floor using lukewarm water.
He said: “You want to ensure that your flooring stands the test of time, otherwise it will become more costly to replace.
The expert recommends opting either for a specialist cleaner designed for the specific material your flooring is made from, or making your own natural solution of water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and essential oils.
He explained: “All you need to do is fill your bucket with the appropriate levels of water to your coverage area, then add 50ml of white vinegar, a great natural dirt stripper, one cup of rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant and a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils, which will make your solution and floor smell fantastic.”
Once you have finished cleaning your floor, Mr Christie recommends giving it one “final wipe over with clean, lukewarm water” and soaking up any remaining cleaning solution.
He said: “This makes it safe for pets and children too, who often have closer contact with flooring surfaces.”