When it comes to clean floorboards and hard floors, much of the dust won’t be visible to the naked eye. To fully remove impurities and particulate matter from hard floors, the right tools and approach need to be used. Sharon says, "There is a common misconception that it’s ok to go straight into mopping floors as that cleans up all the dirt in your home. If dust isn’t removed fully prior to wet cleaning, then it can be smeared across hard floors when mopping your floors, potentially leaving a dirtier rather than a cleaner floor."
In this guide, Dyson’s experts explain how to keep your hard floors dust free and clean. The best vacuum technology and tips including how to remove stains from tiles and mop hardwood floors is ahead.
How to clean your hard floors day-to-day
The daily routine for most people consists of removing the visible dust you see from hard floor surfaces, using a variety of methods – dry wiping, sweeping and vacuuming. However, what’s equally important is the invisible dust that cannot be seen with the human eye, which is best removed with a vacuum cleaner. If you prefer to follow up with mopping your floors, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
“With mopping, you use disinfectant to clean. You are not trying to remove germs but rather you are trying to kill them. The combination of mopping to kill germs and suction to remove fine dust are two very different jobs. They need to work in unison to achieve that barefoot clean feel. You really must ensure you are vacuuming properly, with the most effective technology to try to remove all of that dust is removed before reaching for the mop,” says Yap.
Dampening dust on floors – even fine dust invisible to the naked eye – could mean that you’re creating a habitat more favourable to dust mite and mould proliferation.
Vacuuming the high traffic areas in your home ensures that dust doesn’t build up in any areas. Illuminated cleaning in the Dyson V15 Detect™ and Dyson V12 Detect Slim™ make invisible dust visible on hard floors – so you don’t miss a thing.
Use the right brush head to avoid scratches
The Dyson soft roller head (Fluffy) is specially made for hard floors. Using soft nylon and anti-static carbon fiber filament, it removes dirt and fine debris.
Use the right accessories
While it may seem like an effort to change tools mid-vacuum, this will help you remove dust you can see, and dust you can’t. Use a crevice tool to clean hard to reach places.
Vacuum before mopping
It might seem like double the work, but it’s important to try to remove all the dust in your home first. If the dust isn’t removed fully prior to wet cleaning, it can be smeared across your hard floors while mopping, potentially leaving a dirtier rather than a cleaner floor.