Good quality tile floors are one of the most important aspects of any home. When properly cleaned and cared for, they do wonders for the aesthetics of any home. This is why it is imperative to know just how to take care of your tile flooring.
This guide will take you from A to Z on the effective and efficient process of taking good care of your tile floor. These techniques will keep your tiles looking like new even after decades of use.
Basic cleaning techniques
Sweeping and vacuuming tile floors
We will start with the basics. Daily sweeping and vacuuming of your tile flooring will ensure that dirt does not accumulate on it.
Loose dirt, food crumbs, and other seemingly harmless pieces of debris can make your tiles very dirty and as a result, makes them look older than they really are.
Worse still is dirt that is allowed to sit in wet areas. This should be cleaned as quickly and as thoroughly as possible as this can very easily turn into grime that proves incredibly difficult to remove even with soap and water.
Good sweeping and vacuuming practices include sweeping or vacuuming the tiles daily before you mop or clean it with soap and water. Doing so ensures that you do not smear dirt all over the clean parts of the tile floor.
After sweeping or vacuuming your floor, you should always as a rule of thumb run a dry cloth duster over the floor. This will ensure that your tile floor retains that nice, glossy look.
In-short, daily sweeping and vacuuming of your floor is the first step to taking good care of your floors even when it’s not a tile floor.
Mopping tile floors
This is another basic cleaning step employed by most tile owners all over the world.
After following the previous step of sweeping or vacuuming your floors daily, you will also need to mop the floor to remove those stains that a simple broom or vacuum couldn’t get rid of.
Note though that you don’t have to go all-out by mopping your floor every single day. It is recommended that you only fully mop your floors with clean, warm water and a good detergent (preferably one with antiseptic properties) once a week.
You should always dry the floor after any round of mopping to ensure water does not collect in certain areas as this could prove dangerous.
Doing this regularly will ensure that your tile floors are clean, shiny, and germ-free. If you don’t have a good mop and bucket set, consider one of these.
One mop that is especially good for cleaning tiles is the Vorfreude Floor Spray Mop shown below. It’s a spray mop, which means it’s quick and easy to use.
Using a doormat
As simple as this may seem, using a doormat will work wonders in keeping your ceramic tile floor clean and free of greasy residues.
A doormat will help to eliminate water or mud accumulated by your shoes when outside. By rubbing your shoes on the doormat, you will be effectively removing unwanted dirt.
Vinegar and warm water
Some stains are extremely stubborn and a simple detergent and warm water just won’t cut it.
In cases like these, all you need to do is simply mix a ½ cup of white vinegar and a gallon of warm water and clean your tile floor with it.
The acidity in the vinegar proves extremely effective in getting rid of grease. This technique is best applied in the kitchen.
Tile cleaner solution
If you don’t fancy mixing your own homemade tile cleaner, you can buy a ready-made tile cleaner solution like HG Shine, which has a fresh scent and can be used on both porous and non-porous tiles including high gloss floor tiles.
Grout cleaning matters too
Many homeowners with tile floors installed in their houses simply overlook grout when taking care of their floors. This is a silly mistake as bright grout makes your tile floors look really great.
Thankfully, cleaning your grout is a simple task. Simply make a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and clean water. Spread this mixture all over your grout and let it sit for a while depending on the dirtiness of your grout.
Scrub the grout thoroughly with any discarded toothbrush. Don’t forget to get in those hard-to-reach places. Rinse out the mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water with warm water.
If this doesn’t cut it for you, then you could always use some good oxygen bleach.
Your tile floors are one of the first things visitors notice when they visit your home so it only makes sense to ensure that it is always clean and presentable.
Taking good care of your ceramic tile floors doesn’t have to be stressful. By following the simple techniques in this guide, your tile floors will always look good and shiny.
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