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Choosing the Right Floor Cleaning Products

Choosing the Right Floor Cleaning Products

Your floors are an expensive investment, and choosing the appropriate cleaning products is essential to keeping them looking and performing at their best. When you pick the right floor cleaners, you're essentially safeguarding your floors against surface and finish damage while taking added precaution against voiding a manufacturer's warranty. 1877FloorGuy can help you find the right floor cleaning products for your unique job and flooring type.

Know the Material - The first step in picking floor cleaners is to determine what your floors are made of. You'll need to pick specific cleaners for vinyl, luxury vinyl (LVT), hardwood, oiled wood, laminate, bamboo, stone, tile or any other material. Floor cleaners are formulated to emulsify, shine and clean without damaging a floor's properties, so it's important that you pick a material-specific cleaner.

Know the Floor Brand - In many cases, floor manufactures will offer their own specific line of floor cleaners. For example, Pergo makes their own line of laminate floor cleaners, while Mannington offers brand-specific hardwood floor cleaners. If your flooring brand doesn't make its own line of products, don't fret: simply knowing the manufacturer's construction will guide you to the right floor cleaning products.

Choose Appropriate Cleaners - There are brands of floor cleaning products which aren't tied to any manufactures but are trusted for cleaning specific floor types. Reference the list below for cleaning common flooring types by brands that do not call out specific manufacturers in their care instructions.

You'll also want to consider that many floor care product makers offer spot-cleaning products, deep-clean products and more specialized cleaners for specific issues such as scuff marks and grease buildup. Many products come in concentrates and ready-to-use formulas. Concentrated cleaners may often be diluted and applied with a spray bottle for more economical purchasing.

Additional Tips - There are a few other factors to consider before choosing a cleaner. You'll want to select residential floor cleaners if you're caring for floors in your home and commercial cleaners if you're cleaning floors in a business. Commercial floor care is a much more involved cleaning process, so residential cleaners are often not the right choice.

Additionally, you will want to thoroughly read the floor cleaner's label before applying it to your flooring. Many floor cleaners come in a concentrate, so it's important that you very carefully follow dilution ratios to avoid oversaturating the floors with abrasives that could compromise the quality of the finish. It's best to test your cleaning product in a small, inconspicuous area of the floor before applying it to the whole room.

You can always contact 1877FloorGuy by phone at 1-877-Floor-Guy (1-877-356-6748) or e-mail at help@1877floorguy.com if you need assistance finding the right cleaner for your specific flooring types or cleaning applications. In many cases, we'll be able to pair you with the ideal cleaning product as well as tools and accessories to ensure that your floors are protected and preserved during the cleaning process.