While floor to ceiling cleaning allows you to keep on top of dust and dirt, helping your home stay spotless, it’s not as easy as wiping a cloth over everything. Different types of flooring often require different products and techniques to prevent them from being damaged during the cleaning process and to get the best results. Here are our expert tips for cleaning some of the most common types of flooring in the home.

Professional cleaning guides - how to clean different types of flooring


One of the essentials any home needs to keep carpets looking clean and healthy is a high-quality hoover. Brands such as Miele produce vacuum cleaners which boast an impressive performance and results. It’s sometimes worth investing a little bit more in this type of hoover because it makes a huge difference, and they’re often made with ease of cleaning in mind. Cleaning carpets easily is about having the flexibility to reach hard to reach spots while being lightweight enough to cover a lot of ground. While vacuum cleaning should be completed on a weekly basis, we’d also advise a deep carpet clean each year.


Achieving a clean bathroom is no easy task, especially when there are so many different types of surface. Tiles are one of the most common types of flooring found in this area of the home, but you may also find ceramic tile flooring in other areas such as the kitchen. It’s difficult to keep them looking their best because of the grout between the tiles, which can still look dirty even after mopping. Baking soda and vinegar is a common method used by homeowners to clean this area, but professional cleaners will have their own tried and tested methods.

It’s also important to keep an eye on any mould and mildew forming anywhere in your bathroom, including floor tiles and grout. Brands like Dettol produce great products for tackling and removing this type of issue.

Wooden Floors

Hardwood floors create a warm and classic feel in any home, but it’s important to look after them by using the right cleaning techniques. For example, wood and water aren’t a great combination, so we wouldn’t recommend using lots of excess water because this can cause wood to warp or rot. There are some excellent products on the market which have been specifically created to maintain wooden floors, so ask your cleaner which ones they trust. Flat microfibre mops are best to use with this type of cleaning product on wooden floors because they clean fast without water, producing a deeper clean.

Laminate Flooring

A laminate floor looks great and is easier to maintain than some of the materials it emulates. However, just because it may appear like normal flooring, it doesn’t mean it should be cleaned in the same way. Avoid steam cleaning laminate floors at all costs because the effect of the heat and moisture can damage the adhesive. A bit like hardwood flooring, you can get specialist laminate floor cleaners which can be used with a microfibre mop to get the best results.

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Speak to the team at Efficient Cleaning London about solutions to meet your needs. We cover Surrey and SW London areas, such as Wimbledon, Sutton and Hampton. Get in touch with our cleaning professionals now for a free consultation and quote.