In the spring, dust penetrates more easily into homes, prompting us to take appropriate action. For example, it is not uncommon that we step on the floor of our balconies, only to return with feet full of dust that pollutes the floor of the house. That’s why it’s important to clean the outside floors first. We’ll show you a great way to clean them throughout the year so they’re ready for spring. Here’s a simple maintenance technique for your outdoor floors that you can use if you want to make future spring cleanings easier.
The cleaning tip for outdoor flooring
Every type of floor needs the right treatment. It is therefore important to know the type of your floor before cleaning it or opt for chemicals that could damage the surface of the floor.
How to clean the floors depending on the type?
Cleaning floors with a smooth surface is very simple. Get a pH neutral detergent and dilute it in a bucket of water. After sweeping the floor first to remove dust, soak a special floor brush in this water and then wash as usual. When it comes to porous floors, you need to be smarter and choose ingredients that will not damage the surface in question. With that in mind, we recommend diluting dishwashing detergent and a cup of white vinegar in a gallon and a half of water. Then proceed with the usual washing to expose a dirt-free floor. As you will notice, it is not only a simple method, but also ecological and, most importantly, very effective.
Cleaning wooden floors
Taking care of the wooden floor of your terrace or balcony is important to prevent it from tarnishing and graying. A natural and economical way to clean it and at the same time protect it from foam is to add 2 tablespoon of liquid black soap as a degreaser to 3 quarts of hot water and apply it to the floor, then rub it with a brush. Then use a dry towel to prevent water from stagnating on the wood surface.
Clean a composite wood deck
Since this type of coating has a special protective film, cleaning should be done with soapy water or a pressure washer. On the other hand, it would be better to use a special stain remover for this type of outdoor flooring.
Clean a tiled, artificial stone or natural stone terrace
In this case, using the pressure washer on surfaces with delicate materials is out of the question. So if you have a tiled patio made of reconstituted stone or with natural stone pavers, choose a smart mixture of natural products for a safe and clean cleaning. For example, rely on the degreasing power of baking soda or use bar soap against acid stains. We also consider linseed oil, black soap, glycerin or essential white vinegar, which remains an excellent disinfectant for tiled patio tiles.
Cleaning exotic wood floors
If you have an exotic wood patio, it couldn’t be easier as all you need is a low-pressure cleaner. It works very well against dirt. To use it, spray the spray directly on the surface and make sure to keep it about 20 inches above the ground.
Cleaning concrete floors
As for composite wood decking, cleaning with soapy water and a sponge may be sufficient. However, it should be noted that this is the type of floor where weeds grow the most. So be sure to pull them out, especially when they are still small. For grease stains, you can wipe them with a clean cloth soaked in glycerin. However, for delicate materials like marble, forget abrasive cleaners like lemon and vinegar or even lime remover. A broom or microfiber cloth combined with soapy water should be enough to shine the surface. For terracotta, we think of soda crystals or lemon water for hard-to-remove stains.