Have you got your knee pads ready? Well, put them away as you are not going to need any of these for your next floor and surface clean, whether it be inside or outside your home. We have years of experience with the right tools and techniques that suit different types of surfaces. If you want to make those hardwood, stone, brick or concrete floors like new again, check out the following tips.
Floor and Surface Cleaning – Basic Tips
• Sweep your outdoor surfaces with a broom once every 2 to 3 days to eliminate debris
• Use a hose to remove stains
• Don’t use overly strong chemicals before you try out all of the gentle cleaning methods
• Water the surface before applying any chemical solutions to avoid stains
• Metal scrub brushes can cause damage (scratches) to any kind of floor, even concrete. Instead, use plastic or natural-bristle brushes
• Rinse the cleaning solution you applied well with pure water
• Power washing can damage splinter wood, soft stone and brick. This technique works on concrete only
How to Clean Concrete?
Concrete is the easiest to clean with a power washer. It takes just a couple of minutes to blast away dirt and other contaminants. Spray the surface with a cleaning solution, rub it with a brush and wash the debris away with the pressure washer.
If you want to remove stains from concrete, you can use trisodium phosphate, muriatic acid (recommended for the most stubborn stains but be careful) and milder but still powerful agents such as ammonia, bleach and hydrogen peroxide.
How to Clean Brick?
Brick typically requires gentle cleaning although you should know some tricks on how to remove stains from brick surfaces.
Mix a masonry cleaner and scrub the surface with a brush to deep-clean the surface. Mix a masonry poultice with kaolin clay and scrub to remove stains from brick. A mixture of water and chlorine bleach can also help with removing stains.
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How to Clean Stone?
Household detergents contain alkaline/acidic that can damage stone. Use pH-neutral cleaning agents and a soft brush to clean stone instead. Yet, all-purpose, chlorine bleach-free household cleaners and non-acidic algae removers could work with removing stains from these types of surfaces. You can find numerous stone cleaning products that can help you maintain the look of your outdoor surfaces.
How to Clean Wood?
Powdered oxygen bleach and hot water make the best combo for wood surface cleaning. Avoid chlorine bleach and metal brushes. Use brooms and soft brushes only. Rinse several times to make sure the surface is slick but not slippery. Use hot water mixed with oxalic-acid crystals to remove stains from wood. Apply with a broom and rinse well.
To make your floors and hard surfaces nice and clean again, make sure to apply our above-mentioned, no-sweat tips. TLM is an expert in floor and surface cleaning services that can ensure your indoor and outdoor areas are well-maintained and stain-free. Call us today to get a quote!