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Overview

Every now and then, your floors may need a deeper clean to remove any stubborn dirt and grime. With a few household materials and a little elbow grease, your surfaces can be made new again.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below you'll find all the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Remove any surface dirt and dust

First, stack any chairs on a table to ensure you can reach every part of your floor. Then, sweep the floor to get rid of the dust and dirt sitting on the surface of your floors. Collect this with a dustpan before mopping.

3Mop

Mop and bucket

The first option is a spin mop and bucket. It's important to make sure your bucket has a spin function so that the mop head is damp, not wet, when you start mopping. Otherwise, your floor will take too long to dry!

Mix all-purpose cleaner with water in your bucket, as per the instructions. Saturate the mop and wring it out thoroughly so the mop is damp, not wet. Mop all surfaces, washing the mop in the bucket as required.

Microfibre wet and dry

If you don't have or don't want to store a mop bucket, the microfibre mop is a great second option. It comes with two pads: a wet pad, and a microfibre dry for a superior streak-free clean. This option is great for use on timber floorboards, vinyl, linoleum, polished concrete and tiles.

Start by spraying a small amount of water on your floor from a spray bottle, use the wet pad to mop the floor.

Once you've covered all surfaces with the wet pad, replace it with the microfibre dry pad and mop once more. This will ensure no streaks and means you don't have to wait for your floors to dry before stepping on them.

Steam mop

If you're looking for a great way to disinfect your floors without any hard chemicals, you could also invest in a steam mop. The steam kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria and germs (no chemicals required) and it's ready to go in just 15 seconds. Simply fill up the tank with water out of the tap and start mopping, as you would with the other two options. You're not only limited to floors – take it into the bathroom to clean tiles and grout, as well as mirrors and glass.

4Let it dry

Once you have mopped, let the surfaces dry before stepping on them.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.