Cleaning with laundry Detergent 

Cleaning with laundry Detergent 

Like many cleaners, laundry detergents can be used for other purposes than what they are created for. In fact, laundry detergents are quite versatile and can be used for many cleaning purposes. These include, cleaning floors because the enzyme that they contain gets rid of dirt on the floor; as little as 1 teaspoon mixed into a gallon of hot water can go a long way in getting the job done Young, Erica, (N.D).  Most floorings can be cleaned using laundry detergents, ranging from hard floor such as, vinyl, linoleum, wood, stone and concrete to laminate and ceramic tiles. Interestingly, almost all cleaning experts agree that the same amount of laundry detergent to water be used on the various floor types. The following provide basic guides in cleaning with laundry detergents: 

Hard Floor Surface: 

  • Mop, sweep or vacuum dirt off the floor 
  • Use ½ cap of liquid detergent and a bucket of warm water to remove dirt and grime from the floor surfaces. 
  • Use a mop to apply cleaning solution onto the floor. N.B/ Make sure that the mop is squeezed dry because wet mops can damage the floor Dawn, (2020). The Easy Squeeze Mop would do a great job of ensuring that excess water does not collect on the floor as its self-wring power squeezes out up to 40% more water than regular mops and its microfiber pads absorbs 5X its weight in one motion. 

 

Tile Floors: 

Tiles floors are easy to clean but require proper cleaning to maintain their attractiveness and longevity. I have listed a few tips below to consider when cleaning these floors De Jauregui, (2020) {let me assume that you already remove debris from the floor}. 

  • Have 2 buckets when wiping regular tiles, one with ¼ cup of regular detergent mix with a bucket of hot water and the other bucket should have only hot water to rinse the soapy mop after each wipe. Make sure to change the soapy solution and pure water as soon as they get dirty 
  • For bad spills, you can use elbow grease with the solution; if the floor is greasy and has dirt stuck on it, sprinkle baking soda on it, a baking soda paste can be used to treat spots but before cleaning it up let it stay for a few minutes, then scrub with a mop or scrub brush and mop with the detergent afterwards De Jauregui, (n.d.). 
  • Mop over the floor using 1/8 cup of vinegar and a bucket of water, then remove this solution with soap free water. The process may have to be repeated to get rid of all the detergent on the floor. 

Ceramic Tiles 

Ceramic tiles are also easy to maintain and must be cared for if they are to last long. Both regular and ceramic tiles are cleaned similarly with perhaps only minute differences in the type of detergent used and the amount. HGTV provides a few tips when cleaning your ceramic floors which are stated below: 

  • Mop or vacuum to remove dirt 
  • Use only a mild detergent mixed with “Hot” water. Try to avoid abrasive detergents as they can cause scratch marksN.B/ If a hazy film appears, use an all-purpose cleaner to remove it 
  • Apply the detergent and water cleaner onto the floor but avoid using sponge mops as they tend to push the dirty water into the grouts causing discoloration. Therefore, I recommend the Easy Squeeze Mop, that sucks up the water so efficiently that you won’t have to worry about water getting into the floor seals and resting on the floor. Make sure to change the solution regularly so that the dirty mop doesn’t leave a cloudy trail of dirt on the floor. Again, you wouldn’t have to worry about this if you have an Easy Squeeze Mop. This mop with its microfiber head carefully traps dirt and prevents it from being tossed all over the floor. If you are shopping for cleaning products, make sure to pick up one of these mops by ordering on https://easysqueezemop.com
  • Dry the floor with a mop to sap-up any water left behind. 

 

Laminate Floors 

Laminate floors must be protected from harsh cleaners to preserve its surface layer. As such, its best to consult the manufacturers guide to find the best cleaner for this type of floor. Nonetheless, soapy water is a good choice for laminate floors and like ceramic tiles, a gentle detergent has to be selected to do the job and minimize any damage to the floor Oliver, (2020). 

 

Conclusion 

Laundry detergent is multifunctional and can be a good choice to clean our floors when trying to save money and time. Both liquid and powder detergent can be used to clean the floors and it makes sense to have just one cleaner to use for your everyday cleaning needs. Be careful, however to always seek advice from experts and manufacturers to ensure that you do not damage your floor or cause any adverse outcomes. 

 

Disclaimer 

All contents and details provided in this blog are strictly for information purposes only and does not guarantee achieving any of your goals. Although it is informative, the author strongly recommends that you conduct your own research to ensure that you receive enough information during your decision making process. This blog contains no infringement of intellectual property and makes no guarantees. 

 

References 

Jennifer Dawn, “7 Uses for Laundry Detergent You Never Thought of”, Taste of Home, APRIL 5, 2020, https://www.pintsizedtreasures.com

Ruth De Jauregui, “ How to Use Laundry Detergent to Clean Floors” hunker, N.D. https://www.hunker.com 

 Sean McEvoy, “How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors”, HGTV, N.D., https://www.hgtv.com 

 Kelsey Oliver, “How to Clean Laminate Floors”, Maid Brigade, February 19th, 2020 

https://www.maidbrigade.com 

 Erica Young, “7 Uses for Laundry Detergent You Never Thought Of”, Taste of Home, N.D., https://www.tasteofhome.com        

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