While you’re staying safe at home, it’s a great time to disinfect your floors! You’ll still need to make grocery store runs and go outside for some fresh air every once in a while. If you are concerned about bringing germs back inside with you, we have some helpful tips and tricks!

We’ll cover how to safely disinfect your hardwood, vinyl, and natural stone floors. It’s important to note that not all cleaners are created equally! We’ll help make sure you’re using the correct product for your floors.

Hardwood Floors

The go-to solution for disinfecting your hardwood floors is white vinegar and hot water. Why white vinegar? The acidic nature of the white vinegar is what helps kills bacteria and disinfect your floors. Keep in mind – only use a small amount of vinegar so as not to damage your floors.

First, make sure you sweep up dust and large dirt particles before you begin mopping. You’ll want to mix less than 1/2 a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of hot water and mix well. If your floors are looking especially grimy, you can add a couple of drops of soap to the mix. After you’re finished, dry your floors thoroughly and you are good to go!

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Vinyl Floors

When you’re cleaning your vinyl floors it’s especially important to not use harsh chemicals or too much liquid. If you use a very wet mop, the water could seep into the cracks and damage the glue that holds the vinyl in place. We advise avoiding ammonia-based cleaners as they can damage your vinyl flooring as well.

Your best bet for vinyl flooring is to use a mix of white vinegar and hot water, like with hardwood floors.

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Natural Stone Flooring

One of the great benefits of natural stone flooring (especially in times like these) is that it’s naturally resistant to germs and bacteria! However, it’s still good to keep it clean. We recommend a mix of antibacterial soap and hot water. Vinegar is not the best option in this situation as it can ruin the finish and shine of your natural stone.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our design experts here at Floor Coverings International® of Largo!

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