Hybrid floors offer the best of both worlds in terms of durability and appearance, but they must still be adequately cared for if you want to get the most out of your new flooring.
Cleaning your floors is far better than removing debris accumulated over time. It will help eliminate the need for heavy cleaning and provide a healthier environment for you and your family while being far more cost-effective than paying for heavy-duty cleaning.
Today we’ll look at the best way to clean hybrid flooring.
Best Way to Clean Hybrid Flooring to Keep it Looking New
Hybrid flooring has recently become one of the most popular choices among homeowners. You can vouch for their aesthetic appeal and ease of maintenance if installed in your home. But, as with everything else, nothing is permanent if they are not cared for.
Step 1: Understanding Hybrid Flooring
Understanding its strengths and weaknesses in keeping hybrid flooring clean is critical.
Hybrid flooring is classified into two types, i.e., stone plastic composites (SPC) and wood plastic composites (WPC), which are completely waterproof.
Waterproofing: Although hybrid floors are fully waterproof, flooding the floors is not recommended because water will seep through into the subfloor. This can cause various issues, including subfloor damage if the floor is made of wood and mold growth.
Stain Absorption: Although hybrid flooring is waterproof, stains can still be absorbed if not removed as soon as possible.
Step 2: Preventative Maintenance for Your Hybrid Floor
Before we get into cleaning methods, the simplest way to make cleaning easier is to reduce dirt, grime, and wear and tear. Following these guidelines will help to protect your hybrid floors and even reduce the frequency with which they must be cleaned.
Entrance Door Mats: This is the simplest way to keep the dirt outside. Pets will have to walk over mats, reducing the amount of foliage they bring into your hybrid floors. Even better, place a mat outside and inside the entrances and exits!
Outdoor Footwear Stays: Switching from outdoor to indoor footwear requires almost no effort, and many households already do so as an unspoken rule. When it comes to keeping dirt out, this is even better than door mats.
Install Curtains: You may have heard that hybrid flooring is weak against direct sunlight. As a result, exposure to UV light, particularly the Australian sun, can cause color fading. Installing curtains in windows facing east and west will quickly solve this problem.
Now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions cleaning your hybrid flooring will require significantly less effort and frequency.
Step 3: Methods to Clean
Cleaning hybrid floorboards is much easier than cleaning wood-type flooring such as laminate, engineered, or solid timber. This is because hybrid flooring is completely waterproof, which is a blessing.
Here are some examples:
Mopping / Scrubbing Hybrid Flooring
On hybrid flooring, damp mopping and cloth scrubbing with water temperatures up to 70°C are permitted without causing any damage (no high-temperature steam mops). Unlike wooden floors, you won’t have to worry about excessive moisture or rinsing the mop after each soak.
It is still advisable to dry the floors in case an unwary family member slips.
Mopping is ideal for a thorough cleaning throughout the house, whereas floor scrubbing is ideal for removing spot stains, spills, or dried residue in specific areas.
Use Two Buckets: One for dirty water and another for clean water. As a result, you will not have to change the water frequently, saving you time and effort. This also means that there will be less residue grime from dirty water.
Use pH Neutral Cleaners: Because hybrid and vinyl planks are made of similar materials, including polyvinyl chloride, this applies to both (PVC). Acidic or basic substances can wear down hybrid flooring and vinyl planks over time.
Avoid Using Abrasive Scrubbers: Abrasive tools should never be used to scrub a floor. Steel wool and other tough scrubbers are included. Because hybrid flooring is less scratch and abrasion resistant than laminate flooring, it should be cleaned more frequently.
Wipe Away Stains & Spills Immediately: Wipe up any stains as soon as possible to avoid color absorption. To avoid scratching the protective layer of your hybrid floor, use a soft vacuum head that is not abrasive.
Sweep Hybrid Floors with a Soft Bristle Broom: Instead of tough natural fibers, sweep hybrid planks with synthetic bristles. Avoid using brooms designed for outdoor cleaning at all costs. This results in minimal wear.
Wash the Broom After Each Use: Brooms will inevitably accumulate dust and dirt over time. This means they must be washed regularly, especially if you sweep daily.