Cleaning my kitchen floor is not one of my favorite things. It’s a fairly large floor and I usually do it on my hands and knees. I was taught that is the only way to clean a floor well and I still believe it. Mops push dirt around, especially in to corners and under cabinets so the best way to clean them is the old fashioned way.
To try to stretch out time between scrubbings there are some things I do to keep the floor as clean as possible.
First is simple spot cleaning, if you spill something wipe it up and then use a damp cloth to wipe over it to make sure no dirt attracting residue is left behind.
Hard surface flooring should be swept every day. Dirt left on the floor gets ground in will ruin the finish and make the floor wear faster.
I keep a micro fiber pad mop in the kitchen and use a spray bottle with vinegar and water to hit the high traffic areas several times a week.
If you have kids around the kitchen table gets dirty faster than the rest of the floor, if you do a quick mop after meals you won’t have to deep clean as often.
Use lots of rugs. They catch an amazing amount of stuff that would otherwise wind up on the floor. Make sure you shake them out once a week and wash as needed so they don’t become a problem.
It’s also important to make sure you are using a cleaner that will not streak or leave residue behind. Some things that are meant for floor cleaning will still leave a little of the soap behind which attracts dirt so the floor is dirty faster.
When it’s time to do the deep cleaning, think of it as exercise. Get your bucket, cloth and scrub brush, pull in those abs and scrub away.