Stickiness on your floor can come from many things—for example, something you spilled, dirt, or it can even come from cleaner residue.
Nobody likes having sticky floors. So, if you want to get rid of the stickiness, here are four ways to clean your floors (from less to more sticky).
Method #1. Plain water
Most homeowners skip rinsing after mopping their floors, leaving a thin, sticky layer of dried dirt and cleaning product. If that’s your case, you only need a bucket with water. Mop your floor with warm water, then use clean water to give it a last rinse. That’s it!
However, this method only works if your floor is not too dirty. If the stickiness doesn’t come off when you mop it, you could try using hot water or putting in more elbow grease when rubbing the sticky spots.
Method #2. Floor cleaner
If your floor is sticky from spills or grime, you’ll need to use a floor cleaner. Just pour a splash or two of floor cleaner into a bucket filled with warm water and get cleaning—remember to rinse the floor with clean water to avoid leaving any sticky residue.
Note: Consider that the floor cleaner you will be using should be precisely for your type of floor (you can find that information on the label). Otherwise, your floor could end up more sticky or even damaged.
Method #3. Vinegar
Vinegar is a natural household item used for many cleaning purposes, so it might not be surprising to find it on this list.
To use this method, pour one cup of white vinegar into one gallon of water. Then, mop the floors with the solution—don’t forget to rinse with clean water before calling it a day. Vinegar’s acidity should eliminate the sticky layer without damaging the floors.
Method #4. Ammonia
If your floor is really sticky, try cleaning it with ammonia. Preparing the mix won’t take much time or effort: mix half a cup of ammonia and one gallon of water in a bucket. Then, use your mop to wipe the sticky spots on the floor. Don’t forget to rinse with clean water once you’re done.
Caution: This method may be effective, but remember that ammonia is corrosive, so it can damage your floors if they’re made of wood or not properly sealed. Make sure it’s safe to use on your type of floor before continuing.
Can you avoid sticky floors? Here are some tips!
Now that you know how to clean sticky floors, you may be interested in learning how to avoid this issue in the future. Here are three tips to help you with that:
Tip #1. Use the right cleaner (and the right amount)
Some floor cleaners leave a sticky residue, mainly if you use too much. So, be careful of using the right amount when washing your floors, and always check that the cleaner you purchase is the right choice for your floors!
Tip #2. Always rinse with clean water
Using cleaners when washing your floor can leave behind some sticky residue. So, remember to always rinse your floors with clean water after using any cleaning product!
Tip #3. Wipe spills as soon as they happen
Not giving the spills time to stick will do wonders for your floor! All you have to do is have a cloth handy, so you can wipe spills right when they happen.
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