Keeping Your Tile Floors in Tip-Top Shape



The popularity of tile floors stems from their simple maintenance and high resistance to water. Nevertheless, if you want to keep your tile floors looking fresh, attractive, and beautiful, it’s important to properly maintain them.
Furthermore, by thoroughly cleaning your tile floors, they can last even longer. Learn more about how to keep your tile floors in tip-top shape by reading the tips below. Enjoy!

The Basics

-      Sweep or vacuum your tile floors to get rid of any dust, dirt, or debris prior to using any cleaning products.
-      Damp-mop the floors at least once a week to prevent grit or soil from damaging the surface. (Focus more on areas that experience more traffic.)

Cleaning Grout

It is often said that dirty grout is the number one cause of unhealthy-looking tile floors – which, to me, is a true statement. Cleaning your grout is a great way of preserving your tile floors’ overall appearance. Besides, grout absorbs stains because of its permeability.
To clean grout:
-      Make a paste of baking soda and water.
-      Gently rub the paste onto the stain, then let it sit overnight.
-      When day breaks, scrub the stain with a sturdy nylon brush.
-      Repeat steps, if necessary.

Getting Rid of Residue

After wiping your tile floors, the soapy water may leave residue behind which usually causes the tiles to look foggy.
To remove the residue:
-      Use a non-caustic cleaner to get rid of the film.
NOTE: Lemon juice can be used on ceramic tiles, but not on marble tiles!
-      Rinse well with clean water.
-      Buff dry with a clean, lint-free cloth or rag.
-      Slide your foot over the floor with a towel to dry the tiles.

Protecting Your Tile Floors

-      Never use dirty water to rinse your tile floors. Doing this might lead the dirt back into the grout lines.
-      Perform a sealants test on a small section of the floor before using it on the larger area.

Caution!

Avoid:
-      Wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents. Sealants should only be used on grout lines.
-      Using cleaners with bleach or acidic compounds for routine cleaning.
-      Steel wool, scouring pads, or any other harsh cleaning equipment.

Verdict

Tiles floors are a popular flooring option for many homeowners. Their high resistance to water and easy maintenance sets them apart from many other flooring types such as carpets.
Cleaning tile floors is very easy. Regular cleaning allows them to look better and last longer. Your visitors will have no other choice but to praise you for maintaining such fresh and beautiful floors!
Start your cleaning routine by following the tips above. Enjoy!