Floor Cleaning Tips

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Dirt from everywhere collects on your shoes and gets tracked into your house. Spills accumulate as well. And I didn’t even mention kids and pets!

Tips for keeping floor clean:

  • Use entrance mats to protect against grit and moisture, at front door, back door, deck and garage if internal access.
  • House rule – outside shoes to be left at the entrance, it’s going to save you a lot of work and damage to flooring.
  • Mop up spills as soon as possible to reduce the risk of staining.
  • For stubborn stains, spot clean with undiluted All-Purpose Cleanser
  • Regularly sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt or grit as these can cause fine scratches.
  • Avoid the use of harsh conventional household cleaners and bleach-based detergents.
  • Invest in a removable/washable cotton mop, don’t use a sponge mop for floor cleaning, these just spread the dirt around. Work your cotton mop in a figure 8 motion for optimal cleaning.

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Sonett Floor Mopping Fluid – protects floors with a natural wax film and without building up layers.

Petrochemical residues just attract more dirt. Clean with clean ingredients. 

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All-Purpose Cleanser or Floor Mopping Fluid for floor cleaning?

Floor Mopping Fluid

  • Protects waxed, oiled and varnished floors with a natural wax film and without building up layers.
  • It is suitable for tiles, stone, wood, cork, parquet flooring, laminate, linoleum and synthetic/vinyl flooring.
  • Even brings a shine to scratched wooden floors.
  • The natural waxes keep floor cleaner for longer, once a month Floor Mopping Fluid and a weekly vacuum should be all that’s needed.
  • Does not contain organic essential oil fragrance.
  • 100% rapidly biodegradable.

Application:
Add 5 ml of Floor Mopping Fluid to 5 litres of warm water using the attached measuring cup for dosage.

Please note: Floor Mopping Fluid should not be used undiluted. Shake well before use. It may darken untreated wood, please test on a suitable spot before use. Floors primed with hard oil or wax, do have to be professionally re-oiled or waxed at regular intervals.

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All-Purpose Cleanser

  • Excellent general purpose cleaner that’s not harsh or acidic.
  • Cleans and protects all floors and tiles.
  • The small amount of orange peel oil aids cleaning of grease and oils.
  • Kitchen/dining room floor needs cleaning more regularly, All-Purpose Cleanser is the one to use for this area to cut through any oils.
  • Fresh natural fragrance of organic orange and lemongrass essential oils.
  • Suitable for septic tanks and filtrations systems.
  • Easy for microorganisms to 100% decompose these surfactants.

Application: Fill your bucket with water, then add 5-10 ml of All-Purpose Cleanser per 10 litres of water, depending on the degree of soiling.

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In a nutshell:

Use All-Purpose Cleanser for your weekly floor clean in kitchen and dining room, 3x per month, for the extra oil/grease cutting power.

To gain the natural waxing benefits of Floor Mopping Fluid use on all hard floors once a month. The natural waxes keep floor cleaner for longer, a weekly vacuum should be all that’s needed, other than kitchen/dining area.

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Thoughts on little ones:

For those with babies in the home, crawling, then putting their fingers in their mouth, it goes without saying, you don’t want petrochemicals or any other nasty chemical residues on your floor.

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Unless your home has only one kind of floor throughout, you will have to deal with cleaning different kinds of hard-surface floors. The first step toward efficient floor cleaning is to know what your floor is made of.

Ceramic Tile Floors
Glazed/shiny ceramic tile is virtually stain-proof, but unglazed/matte ceramic tile is porous and must be sealed to resist stains. Never use harsh abrasive, acid cleaners that may harm the glaze.

Flagstone and Slate Floors
Flagstone and slate are natural stone flooring materials that have rough, porous surfaces and are set into grout. They must be sealed with a commercial sealer.

Linoleum Floors
To shine and resist foot traffic, linoleum should be waxed. Once it’s waxed, the only regular maintenance linoleum floors need is vacuuming and an occasional swipe with a damp mop. Solvent-based products can soften and damage linoleum. Scouring the floor, flooding it with water, or using very hot water is also a no-no for linoleum floors.

Marble Floors
Non-polished marble is very porous, stains easily, and therefore, must be sealed with a commercial sealer. Varnish or lacquer quickly peels off. Polished marble is less porous but can still stain; a commercial marble sealer is also recommended for this finish.

Vinyl Floors
A vinyl floor is a breeze to maintain. All you have to do is keep it clean. Do not flood with water. Water can seep into the seams and loosen the adhesives that hold the flooring down.

Wood Floors
The product used to seal a wood floor determines how it can be cared for. Varnish, oil, wax, shellac, polyurethane or lacquer are used to finish floors.

Non-polyurethane finish

  • Vacuum frequently to remove dust and dirt before they scratch and dull the surface, or wear away the floor. Make sure you use a soft bristled vacuum attachment that won’t scratch the floor.
  • Always keep water to an absolute minimum when cleaning  a non-polyurethaned finish. Water makes wood expand. Think moist, wrung out cloth, not wet cloth. If you spill food or drinks, wipe up immediately to prevent any permanent damage or staining.
Editor's floor cleaning 'helper'
Editor’s floor cleaning ‘helper’

Floor Mopping Fluid – origin and properties of the ingredients:

The substances used for this gentle surface-protecting mopping fluid are carnauba wax, shellac, and Japanese wax. Carnauba wax is obtained from the leaves of the South American carnauba palm. Shellac is obtained using the secretions of the lac insects (Laccifer lacca). Japanese wax, obtained by decocting the berries of the Japanese wax tree, protects the surfaces from drying out. It is softer than carnauba and shellac wax. Sugar surfactants, obtained from starch and coconut oil, potash and corn-oil soap, serve to finely emulsify the waxes in the mopping fluid and to disperse them in the water.

Special product feature:
Free from petrochemical solvents, brighteners, emulsifiers and preservatives. Free from silicone oils. Completely biodegradable.

All-Purpose Cleanser – origin and properties of the ingredients:

Sugar surfactant and coconut oil alcohol sulphate, obtained from the raw materials sugar, starch, and coconut oil, are active cleaning substances, unaffected by hard water, which, next to soap, show the best degradation pattern. In this combination they possess outstanding grease- and dirt-dissolving properties. Orange-peel oil further improves and intensifies the fat-dissolving performance.
Special product feature:
The active washing substances used exhibit an exceptionally good skin tolerance. Like all our products, All-Purpose Cleanser is highly concentrated thus being outstandingly economical in its use.

 

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