How to clean floors

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How to clean floors

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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.

Tools and materials


Indoor broom

Long Life 5L Mop And Glo Floor Cleaner

Mop and bucket set

Rubber gloves

Microfibre wet and dry mop

Steam mop

cleaning products upright on floor

1. Remove 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.

person kneeling down with dustpan and brush on the floor

2. Mop

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.

mop and bucket on the floor

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.

large mop sweeper on the floor

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.

steam mop on the floor

3. Let it dry

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

clean empty floor

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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