How to Seriously Deep Clean Your Kitchen Floor
Make sure this well-trafficked area is on your spring-cleaning checklist—and that you know how to make it sparkle.
Floors are among the first areas to accumulate stains, crumbs, and dust in the kitchen. From grease splatters to errant peas, corn kernels, seeds, sugar and flour dustings, and everything in between, the floor (and those nooks beneath cabinets) tends to be a catchall for all of our kitchen messes. Even if you're the kind of home cook to spot clean spills as you go, you'll know that kitchen floors are one of the dirtiest areas in anyone's home. Daily maintenance is a must, but so is an occasional deep clean.
The last thing you want to add to a soiled floor is a thick layer of chemicals, however. Most of the leading commercial cleaners contain a cocktail of harsh ingredients or a mix of allergy-inducing additives. You'll be happy to learn, then, that there's an all-natural alternative to the commercial options that is just as effective on hardwood, tile, linoleum, vinyl, and laminate surfaces. Bonus: It won't tarnish the finish on any of your floors, either.
Castile soap is an olive-oil based cleaner that can remove stubborn stains and, when added to warm water, serves as an especially effective cleaner for hardwood and tile floors. Using the right kind of mop will also ensure your floors are spick and span. We're walking you through how you can use this eco-friendly cleaner on your kitchen floor below.
What to Use and How Often to Clean Your Kitchen Floors
The best way to clean your kitchen floors is with castile soap and a microfiber mop—we like the Libman Wonder Mop, an eco-friendly mop that was designed to pick up 20% more dirt from floors. You should plan to clean your floors weekly. Pro tip: Start in a corner and back your way out of the room, using arcing, overlapping mop strokes.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Sweep or vacuum, then mop. Since wood can warp if exposed to too much water, we recommend mixing one teaspoon of castile soap into a 24-ounce spray bottle of hot water, then adds 10 drops of lemon or rosemary essential oil. Lightly spritz the floor and wipe it with a microfiber mop. One of our staff's favorite non-DIY cleanser is Method Almond Squirt + Mop wood floor cleaner; paired with the Wonder Mop, cleaning is a breeze—since this microfiber mop head was designed to reduce the amount of water that touches your floors during a cleaning, using it helps protect that gorgeous hardwood.
Cleaning Tile Floors
Mop with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. Avoid acidic ingredients like ammonia, which can discolor grout. Rinse and repeat with plain warm water.