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4 Common Floor Cleaning Misconceptions

Aug. 30, 2016 at midnight


Which of the following statements are false? The Great Wall of China is visible from the moon. Coffee is made from beans. Vitamin C cures a cold. The answer is all of them. There are heaps of floor cleaning myths and misconceptions, too. Let's debunk some of the most popular.

1) Concrete floors can all be cleaned the same way

Wrong. There are many types of concrete — polished, stained, sealed, stamped — for example, and the cleaning method depends on the material. Concrete aggregate — a strong, hard concrete made from a blend of concrete and other materials — needs a powerful acid wash to remove the grimy film that clings to the surface. Colored concrete needs a pressure washer to remove all the nasty stuff: chemicals, oils, grease, grime.

2) You don't need to clean your floors

It sounds ridiculous, but you'll be surprised at how many people believe this. We've heard people say floors don't need to be cleaned, especially with materials like concrete that require very little maintenance. Clean floors get rid of germs and dirt — 764 bacteria reside in every square inch of a bathroom floor — prevent accidents, make your home more pleasant, and ensure floor materials last longer.

"It's important to keep floors clean," warns the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "Dirty floors are unhealthy, especially for children who are on the floor more often."

You should clean your floors on a regular basis (use a little liquid wax for wood floors, a water-based cleaner for vinyl surfaces, a water-based wax for asphalt and rubber floors) to keep them looking as good as new. Sweep, dust, mop, vacuum!

3) You can eat food off a clean floor

You've probably heard about the 'five-second rule' — that food dropped on the ground won't be infected by bacteria if it's picked up within five seconds — but is it really safe to eat grub off a floor even if it's sparkling clean?

The answer is definitely not, according to microbiologists and food safety experts. "There's no such thing as a five-second rule,” says Rachelle Williams from the UK's Food Safety Information Council. “It's a myth. We definitely do not recommend it.”

So, it's a bad idea to consume food that's been dropped on the ground — no matter how clean you think the floor is.

4) You can use the same cleaning product for any floor surface

Bleach. Polish. Detergent. It's all the same, right? No, not if you want to protect your floors properly. Some cleaners contain chemicals that are too harsh for a particular floor surface. Everyday household items are just as bad: vinegar — which contains acetic acid — is used to remove stubborn stains on concrete, but it will strip away the chemical finish on wood surfaces. It's recommended you read the label on a cleaner carefully before you use it.

If you're not sure which cleaner you should use and don't want to damage your floors, hire a cleaning company instead. These professionals know all the ins and outs of floor cleaning - especially which products to use on which type of floor covering — carpets, tiles, wood, concrete — and they'll leave your floors looking and smelling great. To book an appointment, give Floor Medic a call — and why not do it today?

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