However durable and easy to maintain tile may be, it still requires some proper care in order to stay in sparkling shape for many years of heavy use.
You need to find an efficient way to clean and protect the tiled surfaces so that they are in excellent condition at all times.
The following practical guidelines on how to clean tiles will provide you with all the answers you’ve been looking for:
Here’s a simple process to follow:
1. Clean up loose debris: Sweep or vacuum the tile floor to remove loose particles and debris. Make sure you use a soft brush broom to prevent scratching the surface.
2. Once you have cleared the floor of surface dirt, you’re ready to begin. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bucket, or mild detergent, making sure the water is very hot!
3. Fill another bucket with water to rinse the floor.
4. Next, wring out your mop as much as possible.
5. Mop the floor from side to side and then up and down to get between the grout. If you’re cleaning a large surface area you may need to make a fresh batch of vinegar and water halfway through the cleaning.
6. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor.
7. Be on the look for tile stains: If you find a stain, try to determine what type of substance made the stain and use the right cleaner to remove it.
8. Finally, rinse the floor with clean water and make sure to wring out the mop as much as possible.
9. Watch for soap residue: If your tiles look hazy even after cleaning, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner.
You could also try a homemade cleaner with mild acid—such as fresh lemon juice—on ceramic or porcelain tiles.
10. Allow the tile and grout ample time to dry before walking on your newly cleaned surface
How to Clean Tile Grout
The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains.
Here’s how to get your grout to look like new:
1. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water.
2. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning. Repeat as necessary.
How Often to Clean Tile Floors
To keep your tile looking clean and residue free, we recommend a regular cleaning schedule of both dry and wet cleaning.
• Dry cleaning: Vacuum or sweep at least once a week or whenever you can visibly see (or feel) debris. A vacuum cleaner can be used on tile floors of any type but may it may be difficult to fit it into a corner or tight spaces. Use a hand broom and dustpan to finish the job.
• Wet cleaning: We recommend mopping the tile floor in your kitchen once every two weeks and mopping your bathroom tile floor once a week. Spend the time to spot clean your grout once every few months.
Good to know:
Warm water with a bit of mild detergent is usually enough for daily maintenance and common household products such as distilled vinegar and baking soda will allow you to remove tougher stains and keep the luster of the tiles.
If you come across stubborn stains while cleaning ceramic tile floors, you can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the spots (or just sprinkle some soda on the surface) and use a soft brush or a cloth to scrub the stains away.
To keep the tiles sparkling, mop the already cleaned floor with hot water with some lemon juice in it (both act as a natural polish) and buff the tiles dry with a clean cloth. This will restore the original shine of the ceramic tile and keep it sleek and bright.