3. Cleaning myths and "life hacks": Does that help?
Whether you choose our clean & green series or other cleaning and care products, please refrain from using home remedies, "life hacks" and other obscure tips from the internet when caring for your high-quality brand floor.
Certainly, many home remedy tips promise streak-free results and a beautifully shiny floor. However, the ingredients can attack the surface of your flooring and ruin it. They can cause serious, permanent damage.
Does rinse aid from the dishwasher help against streaks when mopping floors?
As the name suggests, the place of use of a rinse aid is the dishwasher, where it ensures that glasses shine free of water spots. Dishwasher rinse aid is designed and optimised for ceramics and glass - it has no place in the water used to mop floors, however, as it is not designed for this purpose and can damage your floor.
Is shower gel an effective substitute for laminate cleaner?
No, definitely not! Shower gel is usually adjusted to the pH value of our skin. Shower and wash lotions are usually pH-neutral or pH-skin neutral. Fragrances and dyes also provide a great shower experience. However, you should spare your laminate floor this experience. The dyes used in shower gels can penetrate the surface of laminate and cause unattractive discolouration. Especially if the laminate floor has been improperly cleaned and the surface is already damaged.
Can I also wipe laminate with washing-up liquid?
Please don't do this - you don't bathe in washing-up liquid, even if an advertisement from days gone by might suggest otherwise. Dishwashing detergent is for washing dishes. Dishwashing detergent can attack the surface of your floor covering and lead to unsightly discolouration and grey haze. Dishwashing detergents also leach out your laminate flooring, so that it may have reached the end of its life after just a few years. So trying the supposedly inexpensive floor cleaner substitute becomes a costly mistake.
Can I avoid streaks if I spray the floor with glass cleaner?
Please don't try it! With the right floor cleaner and a clean, fabric softener-free mop, you can achieve streak-free mopping results even without using glass cleaner. Most glass cleaners contain methylated spirits or similar ingredients. Most glass cleaners contain spirit or similar ingredients to ensure streak-free window surfaces. However, these additives attack the surface of laminate, parquet and the like and can lead to irreparable damage. This is a high price to pay for a supposedly good tip, especially since modern floor cleaners ensure the best results with a low dosage.
Does fabric softener in the cleaning water provide a special shine?
Possibly, the addition of additives in the mopping water may leave a shiny layer on your parquet floor. But certainly not in the way you want. The fabric softener deposits deep in the pores of your floor and is difficult to remove. If you then use the wrong floor cleaner, which in the worst case reacts with the stored fabric softener, your floor will become unattractively discoloured and can usually no longer be freed from this discolouration. Especially with parquet, this mixture can penetrate deeply and damage your floor permanently.
In addition, fabric softener usually causes unsightly streaks after mopping. By the way, even if you only wash your cleaning cloth or mop cover with the addition of fabric softener (see above).
A splash of vinegar or vinegar essence never hurts, does it?
"We used to clean everything with vinegar cleaner!" - which may still make sense for cleaning bathrooms, is completely out of place when it comes to cleaning floor coverings. Every material needs care that is specially adapted to its properties. Especially with parquet or cork flooring, you should urgently avoid using vinegar cleaner. The surface becomes rough and cracked due to the acetic acid and can suffer irreparable damage.
I can get rid of any stain with bleach, can't I?
That is undoubtedly true - probably right along with the floor covering. What good is a stain removed if you need new flooring afterwards? The aggressive ingredients of bleach attack the entire material of your floor and damage it permanently. Therefore, refrain from using bleach or strong solvents and rather avoid stains on your floor right from the start.