Cleaning non-carpeted floors is often straight forward but there are a couple of tricks that you should be aware of. Here is an overview of how to care for the most common types of non-carpeted floors.
Laminate floors look good but they can be tricky to keep clean. You can use a vacuum cleaner but a dry dust mop is better for cleaning laminate floors. The dust dry mop is an electrostatic mop made especially for laminates. A broom is not recommended. Avoid using polishes, general floor or multi-surface cleaners, which all may dull the laminate. Be very care with water and other liquids, which can easily seep in between the laminate boards and cause swelling damaging the laminate.
Linoleum and vinyl floors are waterproof and generally easy to take care of. In most cases, vacuuming or sweeping the floor will be sufficient. Once or twice a year, you may want to apply a water-based polish designed for vinyl or linoleum.
Tiled floors often just need regular sweeping or vacuuming. Obviously, you should use the hard floor setting on your vacuum cleaner. If you need to use a detergent make sure that it is suitable for your kind of tiles. Also remember that wet tiles can be very slippery, so keep people and pets away until the tiles have been dried (use an old towel to dry the tiles)
Wooden floors can last a very long time but they need to be taken care of. There are several types of wooden flooring, all of which requires their own type of cleaning. Polished wood only requires sweeping or vacuuming. Sealed wood can be cleaned in a number of ways, in most cases a high quality broom or a vacuum cleaner will be the easiest solution. Unsealed waxed floors require a little bit more maintenance. In addition to the regular sweeping or vacuuming, you also need to wax the floor. How often depends how much the floor is used and how good you want it to look. But typically, twice a year is sufficient for most floors. How do you know if your wooden floor is sealed or waxed? You can try to rub your thumb on the floor. If it leaves a smudge, the floor is most likely waxed. If not, then you have a sealed wooden flooring.
Be very careful with wooden floors, furniture can easily scratch the floor. Fit protective pads on chairs, tables and couches. It does not matter if your floor is sealed or not, water and spills should be wiped up at once.