How to clean different types of floor coverings

7.11.2016

There are so many types of floor options today that it’s not easy at all to choose the best one when planning to build or reconstruct your home. Also, do you have an idea of what criteria to use? One of the most important aspects which you should focus on is the harmlessness of the material and the effect on health from bacteria. How is it then with individual floor coverings? Where does dust build up and which are easy to clean?

Dirt holds fast in carpets

Carpets are a wonderful choice, for example, for your children’s room, because they are warm and soft, but they have several unpleasant features. It may not look like it, but many carpets are made from synthetic fibers and are treated with chemicals made from petroleum products, anti-static sprays, artificial dyes or anti-microbial coatings. Some even contain carcinogens and chemicals that cause hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illnesses.

But don’t worry, there is no immediate need to change the carpet in your home for an alternative floor covering. Even if you come across such carpets made in this fashion, the above described negative effects need not appear at all. And even if they did occur, it wouldn’t be for many decades. Even so, there is one immediate negative effect at work here – the dirt hiding in your carpet.

Only a professional can get rid of the dirt inside it

The higher your carpet, the more dirt it absorbs. Your eye doesn’t see it, but it hides dust, pet fur and all types of dirt that you bring in on your socks. Vacuuming doesn’t help in this case, because small particles remain hidden inside and make life miserable for allergy sufferers.

Cleaning is a difficult process. Your vacuum cleaner only gets rid of surface dirt. In order to get at the deposits deep inside, you need to call in professionals with special equipment for wet cleaning.

Mildew afflicts wood

A floor made a real wood is completely harmless to your health. The only thing that could have negative effects on your health is any surface coating. Natural wood itself is good for allergy sufferers, because it retains no dust or mites.

The only problem is it absorbs moisture. High moisture in the home, which you often see in older or poorly insulated structures, leads to mold appearing on the floor. For this reason this type of flooring is completely unsuitable for bathrooms and garages, where it could be exposed to water over a long period of time.

Everyone cleans wooden floors differently

The indisputable advantage of a wooden floor is the easy cleaning. Everyone has their own technique, because wood can be vacuumed or cleaned with a mop. It’s usually enough to clean it with water and a cleaning agent. It’s usually good once in a while to use a detergent directly on a treated wooden floor.

Manufacturers also recommend increasing the lifetime of the floor using oil or wax and to put some soft material on the legs of chairs, tables and cabinets. Very often they leave scratches in the varnish which cannot be easily cleaned.

PVC needs to be thoroughly cleaned once every six months

The floor covering most often maligned are PVC floor tiles, on account of health concerns. Perhaps you have heard yourself that every PVC floor is harmful and contains phthalates. The fact is, of course, otherwise – all vinyl floors in the Czech Republic are equipped today with a certificate of conformity with standards. Fortelock PVC floor tiles have their own certificate of safety.

Otherwise the situation with vinyl floors is easily similar with wood. They do not attract dust nor retain dirt and so are good for allergy sufferers. Mold doesn’t form on them, especially the Fortelock brand. Fortelock interlocking tiles come with a unique system of channels that prevent problems from arising with moisture in the substrate.

Clean with just a mop

The tremendous advantage, especially for busy people, is the ease with which a PVC floor is cleaned. All you need is a mop, but it’s good to buy a special agent for a bigger cleanup. Some agents even remove stubborn stains and scratches from rubber heels.

In addition to regular cleaning with a mop, you should use a detergent once every six months to thoroughly clean away dirt and allow it to set for ten minutes. Because of this, a PVC floor looks clean for many years.

Worrying is useless

All floor coverings used today are supposed to be harmless, and many companies are able to prove it with a certificate or verification from a trusted institute. You really don’t have to worry at all about your health.

When it comes time to choose, focus more on the cleaning options, and if you have an allergy sufferer in the family, you should think about the retention of dust and mites. There are no other restrictions. It can be said with slight exaggeration that if people died on account of their floors, there certainly wouldn’t be any.

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