How To Keep Your White Floors Clean: The Essential Guide
I know that the #whitefloor club may be small in number, but we're BIG in attitude. Also, having white floors in your home tells me three main things about you: + You're a major badass. + You are comfortable ignoring other people's advice + You like to "go big or go home."
Lucky for you, going home means that you're always greeted with your sexy, chic, gleaming (or matte! no judgment!) white floors, and so yeah: you win.
But as a newbie white floor-er, I remember distinctly that I had no earthly clue how in the hell I was supposed to clean those mofos. And after googling my face off, the most common advice out there was "DON'T DO WHITE FLOORS EVERRRRR," which, of course, was mostly delivered by people who didn't have white floors, didn't know how to care for white floors, and wouldn't be granted membership in to the #whitefloor club even if they hired a plane to write "White floors rule...I'm so sorry I was an asshole" in the sky above my house. All I wanted to know was: how do I keep my white floors clean?
But fear not, young white floor grasshopper, I have gathered up all of the cleaning tips, tricks and resources on this entire world wide web for you here so that you never have to wonder how to keep your white floors clean again.
1. GET RID OF YOUR DOG OR YOUR KIDS
Kiddddding. Kinda (at least about your dog).
2. INVEST IN A GOOD VACUUM
This is actually a good tip for anyone over the age of 27, but if you've got yourself some white floors: dudez, you have no choice. You need to get yourself a real, no joke, adult vacuum. For me that was a Miele...you might want to go Dyson, but get yourself a good one, cause you're going to be needing it. I'd say our white floors required vacuuming 2-3 times per week, BUT we also have a shedding, furry-assed dog.
Dirt, dust (and fur!) are much easier to see on painted white floors, so you gotta suck that stuff up as often as you can.
3. DON'T WEAR SHOES IN YOUR HOUSE
I don't listen to this advice, cause I'm mildly annoyed when people ask me to take my shoes off when I come over to their house. But I'm an asshole, and this is definitely a good gameplan to keep the dirt and other airborne diseases away, so don't follow my lead.
4. GO NATURAL OR GO CHEMICAL-Y
OK, now that you've vacuumed up the floor something fierce, it's time to actually clean it. Here's where you can choose to go all non-toxic or just embrace modern technology and for the chemicals. I usually go for the chemicals.
+ Non Toxic: fill up a bucket with warm water and add round about a cup of white vinegar. Then start mopping with a mop of your choice. I still prefer a good ole' swiffer.
+ Chemicals - Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach is my jam when it comes to chemicals that do the trick. This was the one cleaning product that consistently cleaned up our white floor like whoa. You can buy it in larger bottles, put it into a bucket and dilute with some water. I also would buy the spray bottles which I would use to spot clean if I ever noticed a particularly dirty spot in between cleanings.
5. TELL ALL THE WHITE FLOOR HATERS TO GO TAKE A LONG WALK OFF OF A SHORT PIER
Trust me, there's a lot of white floor hate out there in the world. Take a spin on the internet and see what I mean: every time someone does a post waxing poetic about white floors, people will alwyas start commenting that it's the worst idea ever. But as someone who rocked white floors for 5+ years, I'm here to tell you that I think it's one of the most fab, chic, design statements you could make in your home. White floors completely transform a space like nothing else I've ever seen, and I never regretted our decision for one hot minute.