You want to have a kitchen floor cleaner that makes your floor look clean enough to eat off. Kitchen floors take a lot of abuse from dirt tracked in, spills, heel marks and everyday living. Here are some tips and recipes to keep them clean and shiny.
Kitchen floors are available in several different materials such as vinyl, hardwood, ceramic, and slate. Using the proper kitchen floor cleaner will keep your floors looking great for many years but always test a little cleaner in an inconspicuous place first, before using it on the entire floor.
Vinyl floors are popular because they are inexpensive, durable, and come in a huge selection of colors, patterns and styles. They are available in tiles or sheets with several different finishes. No-wax vinyl floors are very easy to clean with an all-purpose cleaner. If you want to make your own cleaner, in a gallon of warm water, mix two tablespoons of borax and then mop your floor.
Never use any type of harsh or abrasive cleaners on ceramic floors as they could scratch the finish or glaze. Sweep your kitchen floor first and then clean with warm water. If your floor has a heavy dirt buildup, clean it using a mixture of one gallon of warm water, one tablespoon of borax and two tablespoons of ammonia. Mop the floor and then rinse with clean, warm water.
Slate floors are very beautiful and durable and require very little care. Although slates texture and darkness does not show the dirt like some other floors, you should vacuum or sweep them regularly. A slate kitchen floor normally takes a lot of abuse such as spills, so seal them with two or three coats of a good quality commercial sealer. This is available at a tile store or some hardware stores. Let each coat dry for approximately half an hour before applying another coat. Wash the slate floor with warm water or warm water with a mild, acid free cleanser. Always clean up any spills immediately.
With wood floors, before using any kitchen floor cleaner, find out the proper procedure for your wood floors finish, from the manufacturer, if possible. Never use water on a wood floor except ones treated with polyurethane, which can be damp-mopped. On a wood floor with a shellac, lacquer or varnish finish, use a solvent-based polish and cleaner.
By using a good kitchen floor cleaner and a little preventative maintenance, the beauty of your kitchen floor will last for many years.