Never underestimate the effect your floors have on an area. When you think about it, they take up a significant amount of the visual aesthetic in a space, so if they are dirty, so is your view. Your concrete floors look amazing when they are clean, which is why many homeowners are left scratching their heads when the paver cleaner option they’ve chosen doesn’t offer a great outcome. Your pavers are durable, but they still require a level of care.
Over time, they will get dirty! Grime will build-up and the more time that passes between cleans, the harder it will be to restore them to look like new. Alongside this, it’s very annoying when you spend hours of your weekend in the role of paver cleaner, only to get nowhere because a tool, cleaning material or element of your process was incorrect.
The best option is to save the DIY clean for spot-checks only and hire a professional pressure cleaning service for the big cleans. This not only saves you time, but ensures the job is done correctly, and your pavers are cared for. Looking after your investment now means you avoid the significant cost of replacement for as long as possible. Enviro Clean & Capture are the paver cleaner experts, so let’s dive into everything you need to know about achieving the cleanest floors possible.
Matching your cleaning process to your floor
The primary idea behind cleaning your flooring is care. That along with a great look of course, but essentially, you clean your floors to ensure they are looked after. With this in mind, the last thing you want to do while trying to help your flooring is hurt it! This is why it is vitally important to ensure you are using the correct cleaning process and products to match your particular flooring materials.
The type of clean and process is decided by your flooring type. If in doubt, speak to a professional cleaning service who will be able to tell you, or even better, show you, the best-suited process for your situation. Understanding this crucial info not only means the best clean, but also the prevention of unnecessary damage.
We cannot stress enough the importance of not using any chemicals on your flooring until you know whether or not they are harmful to that particular material. This is an expensive mistake to undo.
The best cleaning methods for your flooring
For floors that are sparkling new, regardless of their age, you can attempt the following methods. We recommend a mixture of both DIY and professional cleaning to ensure the job is always done properly.
The DIY exterior spot clean
It’s always a good idea to include a regular sweep to keep the larger cleaning jobs as efficiently as possible. Your outdoor areas are susceptible to dirt, grime and grease which are properly tackled by a yearly deep clean. Spot cleans, however, keep things from getting to a point of no return.
The spot clean requires:
Hose with a spray nozzle
Dry granular cleaner
Shop-vac or power washer
A sunny and dry day (preferably)
Simply clear the space by sweeping or vacuuming the debris, then set the spray attachment of your hose to a high setting to clean the whole area. Start at the rear, spraying towards an exit point with a side to side motion. You’ll want to make sure you clean the corners thoroughly as grime and dirt often build-up there, making it near impossible to clean after an extended period.
Spray the cleaner over the entire area while the floor is wet then use a broom to scrub the cleaning solution. Finish with a rinse from the high-pressure hose, or better yet, a power-washer.
If you do not have the time or implements required, call a professional cleaning service which offers the additional benefit of avoiding any risk of damage or injury.
The DIY interior spot clean
Obviously the high-pressure hose isn’t an option for your interior spot-clean! So to ensure the inside looks as good as the outside, you’ll need:
A wet and dry mop
Mild floor cleaner
Bucket with warm water
Start by giving the floors a sweep then run over the area with a dust mop to make the rest of the process a lot easier and quicker. Fill your bucket with a small amount of mild cleaner along with the warm water or even a standard dish soap (steer clear of vinegar or ammonia as these will definitely damage the finish).
Use a mop doused and wrung in the cleaning solution then mop in small sections, rinsing and drying the mop frequently. The final steps require you to rinse the bucket, then refill with clean, warm water. Mop one more time to remove any remaining soap residue and you should be all set.
While the simple steps above will cover the DIY spot-clean for your interior, you may need rebuffing to keep the like-new shine. This is best left to a professional as it is unlikely that you have the proper equipment in the shed, not to mention the very important training that goes with it.
Finally, to really ensure the longevity of your interior flooring, we recommend that you reseal every three to four years. Once again this should be handled by a flooring professional to make sure it is done correctly.
How to remove those stubborn stains
It is quite likely that your spot cleans have no effect on stubborn stains, especially on your outdoor areas. Stains require a little more intense cleaning, and the method will vary based on the stain type.
Tackle any oil stains with a simple spray bottle full of bleach. Spray the bleach onto the stain, let it sit for 20 minutes then scrub the area with a hard brush. Give the spot a rinse with clean water and repeat the process until the oil stain is no more.
Keep in mind that bleach is a hazardous material so wear protective clothing to keep your eyes and skin safe.
Weirdly enough, the best way to tackle a grease stain is with kitty litter! We don’t even want to know what that means about the stuff coming out of your cat, but where stains are concerned, it does the trick.
Cover the stain with the kitty litter and let it sit for three days, then sweep or vacuum it up. Another option for those without kitty litter (also known as dog people) is dry cement which can be used with the same process.
If you do use dry cement, dispose of it via a rubbish bin and not down the sink to avoid a hefty plumbing bill.
Unsurprisingly, a popular stain on the driveway – tyre marks. To deal with this, wet the affected area then apply a degreaser such as an orange citrus concentrate. Leave the solution on the marks for a few hours, then scrub with a hard brush or broom. Give it a rinse and the stain should be long gone.
Make your life significantly easier with a professional cleaning service
No one likes chores, and if you think your weekends would be better spent at the park, or even relaxing in front of the TV, than handling the above process steps, outsource! The time saving is significant, but you also attain the peace of mind in knowing the job is done correctly with no damage to your floors.
The experience and training of a professional cleaning service like Enviro Clean & Capture means nothing but benefits for you. From the minimal amount of effort required from you to the safe and thorough processes and the sparkling result, it’s almost a no-brainer. By using only the finest machinery, a professional will apply their knowledge to ensure the right settings, temperatures and materials with the highest-quality clean at the end.
If you are planning on hiring equipment from the local hardware store, think again. Not only does this cost defeat the point of the time spent on a DIY clean, but the equipment has likely been mishandled by other DIY cleaners. Professional cleaners use commercial-grade machinery that is kept to the finest of standards as their business depends on it!
Finally, don’t forget about the cost of the cleaning products that are required for your specific surfaces. All of a sudden the DIY option isn’t so cheap. Once again, this cost is included in the professional cleaners quote, plus you’ll have access to industrial-strength cleaning materials that supersede the quality of those available at the everyday supermarket.
You’ve already spent thousands of dollars on your flooring, are you really going to risk its longevity to save a few dollars on the upkeep?
Following on from the last point about your investment, you don’t have to purely rely on cleaning when it comes to protecting your flooring. Most flooring materials also require sealing, an action with extreme benefits for the owner. Sealing significantly extends the lifespan of your flooring while also making it easier to clean. When your flooring was first installed, it was likely sealed. This would have done the trick for a little while, but over time and due to heavy use, the seal wears down to basically nothing.
To determine whether or not it is time for your flooring surface to be re-sealed, place some water on the surface, leave it for approximately 20 minutes, then soak it up with a towel. If a dark mark remains, it’s probably time to reseal the surface.
The flooring seal will wear away over time, which is why it is important to keep an eye on when it may need to be replaced. The act of doing this will save you a lot of money in the long run, not only on the requirement for less in-depth cleans, but also the due date for the replacement of your flooring altogether.
Trust Enviro Clean and Capture for the highest quality clean every time
The cleaning experts at Enviro Clean & Capture are your way to ensure the finest flooring, all the time. Our well-trained team have been servicing Sydney and Newcastle for over twenty years and as a result, have an unmatched level of knowledge and experience, all of which benefit you. We pride ourselves on fast response times and friendly service all wrapped up in extremely competitive rates.
All of our processes have been tailored to ensure things are as easy for you as possible. One example of this is our after-hours service. We work to your schedule, use cutting edge technology and environmentally friendly processes and can clean everything from concrete, natural stone, and tile to all paver types. We also offer glass restoration and the high-end sealing of tile, paver, natural stone, concrete and glass.
Save yourself a bunch of time and let the professionals ensure your flooring looks its best for many years to come. Speak to the expert team at Enviro Clean & Capture today about the best options for cleaning of both commercial and residential properties.
We know your first question will likely be about the cost, so we’ve made that easy for you as well. Pop over to our website, fill out a quick quote form and we’ll get back to you with costs ASAP. We also know that the computer option isn’t always considered to be the easiest for everyone, which is why you can always just give us a call as well!
We always offer expert advice, great prices and the right solution for you. Trust your precious flooring to the finest in the business and cross that big, annoying cleaning chore off your to-do list.