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How to Seriously Deep Clean Your Kitchen Floor

Because the five-second rule is a total myth.

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Floor

What You'll Need: Castile Soap + Microfiber Mop

How Often You Should Clean It: Weekly

 

Hardwood

Sweep or vacuum, then mop. Since wood can warp if exposed to too much water, Hammersley mixes 1 teaspoon of castile soap into a 24-ounce spray bottle of hot water, then adds 10 drops of lemon or rosemary essential oil. She lightly spritzes the floor and wipes it with a microfiber mop. Her favorite non-DIY cleanser is Method Almond Squirt + Mop wood floor cleaner ($5, target.com).

Tile

Mop with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. Avoid acidic ingredients like ammonia, which can discolor grout. Rinse; repeat with plain warm water.

Pro Tip

Start in a corner and back your way out of the room, using arcing, overlapping mop strokes.

 

[JUST IN CASE: First Aid for Wooden Floors]

Here's how to keep those wood floors like new.

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