Floor Tile Maintenance
If you maintain your tile flooring correctly, they may last a lifetime. Tile is, fortunately, relatively low maintenance compared to other forms of flooring. Warm water, a dab of soap or cleaning solution, and a chamois mop or cloth are all you'll need to keep the floor clean and shiny. Here are some maintenance tips.
Cleaning Tile Floors: How Often Should They Be Cleaned?
To remove the gritty particles that might degrade the tile floor's shine, it should be "dry cleaned," or swept or vacuumed at least twice a week. Clean the kitchen tile floor every two weeks and the bathroom tile floor once a week using a wet mop. Every two to three months, spot-clean the grout.
Ceramic And Porcelain Tile Floors: How To Keep Them Clean
Ceramic and porcelain tile are the most prevalent types of tile flooring, and they're easy to keep clean, even though the accumulation of filth under your feet might be difficult to see. Use almost any sort of cleanser to clean ceramic or porcelain tiles, whether it's all-purpose, dish soap, or plain white vinegar—tiles don't scratch or lose their luster quickly.
Clean The Tiles Using A Sweeper Or A Vacuum
Make careful to get into the cracks and crevices where dirt likes to accumulate. Dust and hair are readily removed with a microfiber duster.
Warm Water + Cleaner
Dip a rag or chamois mop into the solution instead of using a sponge mop. Squeeze out any extra water until it's moist but not dripping wet.
Evenly And Gently Sweep The Mop Over The Floor
As you go across the room, follow a plan to ensure you don't miss a single inch of the floor.
Frequently Replace The Water
The water will naturally get cloudier as you rinse the mop or cloth off. To prevent a hazy coating of filth on the tile, dump dirty water and replace it on a regular basis. If you finish and detect a haze, make a solution of white vinegar and hot water and wipe it away with a moist towel.
Grout Should Be Cleaned
Spray a grout cleaner or make a bleach solution (while wearing gloves to avoid getting bleach on your bare hands). Allow for some time to pass before rinsing.
Using A Clean Cloth, Blot The Floor Dry
If your tile is prone to wet stains, mop it and promptly dry it with a clean towel.
Marble And Natural Stone Tile Floors: How To Keep Them Clean
Marble, slate, and granite tile floors may be cleaned in a similar way as porcelain and ceramic tiles, however there are a few exceptions:
- When sweeping natural stone tile floors, use a soft-bristled brush since they scratch more easier than ceramic or porcelain.
- Make sure you're cleaning the floor with the appropriate cleaner: Slate and marble tiles are sensitive to acidic substances like vinegar, while granite tiles need a pH-neutral, mild detergent to prevent discoloration.
Floors With Vinyl Or Linoleum Tiles: How To Clean
Although vinyl and linoleum floors are less costly than stone or ceramic tiles, they need the same level of maintenance. Although a steam mop may seem to be a quick fix, vinyl and linoleum aren't designed to resist high temperatures and humidity.
- After sweeping, mop the vinyl floor with a manufacturer-recommended cleaning solution or a water-vinegar combination. Abrasive cleansers might damage the flooring, so avoid them.
- Linoleum: After sweeping, clean with a linoleum-specific cleaning solution or a borax-water solution. Apply a layer of wax and buff it every three to six months to keep the sheen on your floor.
Grout Stain Removal
Grout stains readily, particularly light-colored grout. If conventional cleaning isn't working, prepare a paste using baking soda and water. Apply it on the stain and let it to rest for a few hours—or even overnight—before using a nylon brush to scrape it out (or, in a pinch, an unused toothbrush).
Some may advise using a steam cleaner to remove grout stains; however, if steamed frequently for an extended period of time, the grout may be damaged. Stick to a baking soda paste to eliminate any risks, and after the grout is clean, finish it with a silicone-based sealant.