Your Cleanest Floors Ever: 55+ of Our Best Tips, Tricks & Methods

Your Cleanest Floors Ever: 55+ of Our Best Tips, Tricks & Methods

Adrienne Breaux
Nov 16, 2014
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Whether you're rocking the floors your home came with or disguising with some well-placed rugs, the truth is your floors are surfaces you walk on daily, and they're noticeable when they aren't their cleanest. We've gathered some of our best tricks and tips for cleaning all types of floors — from hardwood to carpet to rugs to laminate and more!

Hardwood floors

It's perhaps the most coveted flooring type for those who are suckers for great character. But older homes will have floors that haven taken a beating over the years, and all homes with hardwood floors need cleaning to keep them looking their nicest.

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Bamboo flooring

Trendy for some time, though the bamboo flooring phase isn't quite at the fever pitch it once was, plenty of people still have homes sporting this flooring type. It's a material with its own set of cleaning needs.

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Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is known for its durability and versatility, and it's also pretty easy to keep looking nice. We have some unusual but effective ways to keep your laminate flooring looking great.

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A nightmare for some, and cozy comfort for others, you have to pay the price of regular upkeep to make sure carpets stay clean and smelling fresh. We've rounded up our best ideas.

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Just because your flooring doesn't go wall-to-wall doesn't mean it doesn't deserve some attention. Rugs can take quite the battering, but there are ways you can restore their beauty and keep them looking nicer longer.

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Tile flooring

Tiles are way on trend right now, so in case you don't know the best tricks for keeping it clean, we've got you covered. With this particular flooring type, pay special attention to grout cleaning methods, too!

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Ideas for easy-to-clean flooring

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