You’ve washed the windows, dusted the door frames and plumped the pillows, now it’s time to get down to business. Providing you’ve worked from top to bottom (as any accomplished cleaner should) cleaning the floors should be the last job on your list.

With a whole range of both natural and man-made flooring now gracing our homes, knowing how best to tackle each one can be hard. Luckily, Expert Home Tips are on hand to help.

Try out our 23 top floor-cleaning tips today and you’ll never loathe cleaning the floors again.

How to clean ceramic tiles

1. Never use a sponge mop

Ceramic tiles are usually relatively easy to keep clean, unless you use a sponge mop, that is. The trouble with these is that they will push dirt and grime into grout, which can be extremely tricky to get out again.

2. How to clean grout

When grout does start to look a bit grimy, there’s one thing that is guaranteed to get it sparkling again: bleach.

It may not be natural, but it definitely works. Dilute your bleach down with equal parts water, then dip a toothbrush into the solution. Scrub into the grout, leave for an hour, then wipe away with a clean, damp cloth.

3. Purchase a universal cleaner

No one wants their cupboards cluttered with tens of cleaning products. Our favorite universal cleaner, Flash, not only smells divine, but will get your floors sparkling.

It’s the perfect cleaner for ceramic, lino and vinyl flooring.

How to clean linoleum flooring

4. Sweep, sweep, sweep

Unless your linoleum has been stuck down with the strongest glue known to man, vacuuming is ill-advised. Sweeping is preferable, and an easy way of keeping floors clean if you do it often.

A quick, 60-second sweep after cooking will prevent dropped crumbs being squished into the flooring.

5. Spot clean

Where linoleum is concerned, spot cleaning is the best option. Much like laminate flooring, which we’ll discuss later, keeping the floor as dry as possible is paramount to avoid water damage.

Spot clean spills using a microfiber cloth slightly dampened in hot, soapy water.

Carpet-cleaning tips

6. Pick up pet hair from carpets

If only our fluffy best friends didn’t leave hair everywhere! Remove all trace of animals easily by using a rubber glove to lift pet hair.

Pop the glove on, and wipe your hand over hair-covered areas to lift.

7. Use entrance mats wherever possible & remove shoes

It sounds obvious, but preventing stains on carpets is much, much easier than trying to scrub them clean. Encourage the rest of your household to use entrance mats as a minimum, and remove shoes whenever possible.

8. Soda water & salt remove stains

To remove fresh stains, soda water and salt can be really useful.

For liquid stains like coffee, blot the liquid with kitchen towel, then soak a clean cloth in soda and apply to the stained area. Rinse the cloth and reapply as necessary.

If the stain persists, grab some salt, and sprinkle over the stain. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes before vacuuming away.

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