Flooring is one of the most important aspects of a room to consider. Whether it’s the functional capabilities of the floor or the beauty it brings to the space, the right floor can truly make a room come together.

But, even the toughest floor needs some love. No matter the material, it needs proper care and maintenance to remain durable and beautiful.

In this month’s post, we’ll explain how to care for some of our most popular flooring solutions so you can keep your floor looking great for years to come.


Concrete Flooring

Despite being such a beautiful and durable flooring option, concrete floors are susceptible to stains, cracks, and dust build up. This makes regular maintenance crucial to keeping your concrete floor looking great and staying tough.

Tips For Cleaning Concrete Floors

Although concrete flooring is tough as nails, it’s still important to use the right cleaning materials. You should use cleaners with a neutral pH balance, such as:

  • Castile soap
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Stone cleaners
  • Mild floor cleaners

Avoid cleaning products like:

  • Ammonia
  • Citrus cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Pine-based cleaners
  • Vinegar

Using these harsh, acidic materials could damage your concrete floor’s finish over time.

How to Clean Your Concrete Floor

Cleaning your concrete floor is easy! Try the step-by-step process below for the best results.

  1. Start by using a broom to remove all large dirt and debris from the floor. Afterwards, use a dust mop to remove all smaller debris and dust.
  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and whichever mild cleaner you’ve decided to use, making a diluted solution.
  3. Dunk a mop into the solution, wringing it out so it is just damp. You don’t want too much water left on the concrete once you are done mopping!
  4. Mop the floor in small sections. Make sure to re-dip and thoroughly wring out the mop throughout the cleaning.

In addition to regular maintenance, consider polishing your concrete floor every two years to keep it looking fresh. This will also extend its life!


Hardwood Flooring

There is no denying the beauty of hardwood floors! Unfortunately, with this beauty comes a higher level of required maintenance. More than any other flooring material, you need to be on top of hardwood floor maintenance.

Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

It’s important to be careful when cleaning hardwood flooring. In general, moisture and your hardwood floors should not come in contact. This means using a dry cleaning tool, like a mop with a microfiber pad. Vacuums without a beater bar also work well for picking up dirt and debris.

Cleaning Products to Always Avoid:

  • Vinyl and tile cleaning products
  • Steam and water
  • Vinegar
  • Soap based cleaner
  • 2 in 1 household cleaners

How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

Given the necessary maintenance required to keep your hardwood floors in good shape, we recommend a regimented approach to hardwood floor maintenance.

  • Daily: Dust or sweep your floors with a microfiber mop or cloth. While using a broom can also work, microfiber mops are more effective and less likely to scratch the wood surface.
  • Weekly: Vacuum using a machine that doesn’t use a beater bar and/or has a bare floor setting. This will pick up debris in harder to reach places such as in between hardwood planks.
  • Quarterly: Polish your hardwood floors. This will fill in small scratches and give a clean surface for the light wear and tear that will happen between polishes.
  • Every 3-5 Years: Hiring a contractor to come sand and refinish your hardwood floor can help extend its life. They’ll remove the old protective covering and add a new one, filling in any scratches your floor has and making it look shiny and beautiful again!

In addition to this maintenance schedule, we recommend:

  • Using protective pads on the bottom of furniture to keep them from scratching the floor.
  • Placing absorbent floor mats near entrances to your home to keep moisture from seeping into your hardwood floors.


Tile Flooring

Tile floors are a classic, versatile option for kitchens and bathrooms. While some care is required (of course), tile flooring is one of the lower maintenance flooring options available.

Tips For Cleaning Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is less sensitive to cleaning solutions than concrete or hardwood. We recommend:

  • Mild cleaning detergent with hot water
  • Vinegar with hot water will also work as a cleaning solution
  • Rag or chamois mop (over a sponge mop)

How to Clean Your Tile Floors

Despite its reputation as a low maintenance flooring option, we still recommend cleaning your tile flooring regularly.

  • A couple times a week: Sweep or vacuum your tile floor. Dirt and grit left there over time will scratch and damage the tile.
  • Once a week: Mop the tile floor with a cleaning detergent and hot water (or vinegar and hot water) solution. Make sure to dry the floor once you are done. Never let moisture stay on your tile floor!
  • Once every few weeks: Clean the grout between the tiles with grout cleaner, letting it sit there for around 10 minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush. Make sure to wear gloves!



Carpets can be a warm, comfortable, budget-conscious addition to any home…

Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to stains and other damage. Luckily, with proper care and maintenance, you can keep your rugs fresh and clean!

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Unlike other flooring options, carpets require unique methods to fight stains. Soap and water usually won’t cut it.

Some cleaning options for your carpet include:

  • Carpet shampoo
  • Vinegar and water mixture (for smelly stains)
  • Steam cleaners

How to Clean Your Carpet

Depending on the type of cleaning you need to do, there are a couple different actions you need to take:


Vacuuming is the most basic, yet probably essential, of all the cleaning actions for your carpet. Generally, you should be cleaning your carpet a few times a week. Make sure to use the hose attachment to access those hard to reach places!

Spot Cleaning Stains

Spot cleaning only needs to be done on an “as needed” basis. Still, as any parent will tell you, stains happen all the time. Use carpet shampoo for stains (or a vinegar/water solution for smelly stains!). Make sure to blot the stain with the cleaner as opposed to rubbing it.

Carpet Cleaner

Many homeowners hire carpet cleaners to deep clean their carpets. There are also a number of consumer systems available that will likely save you money in the long run. It’s good to do this at least once a year to ensure your carpet remains clean! It will also extend the life of your carpet.


Looking For the Right Flooring Option for Your Home or Business?

Need a flooring option that fits your lifestyle? Rock Solid Waterproofing can help you decide on what flooring is best for your particular needs. We’ll be the most efficient and cost-effective option out there! Give us a call today at (360) 887-0421 to get started.