Ceramic is one of the most sought after materials for home finishing. Ceramic is a timeless choice that continues to grow in popularity thanks to its durability and versatility. If you have tile surfaces in your home, it is important that you properly understand how to clean those surfaces. Proper cleaning and maintenance will help your tile last longer and maintain its beauty.
This quick guide will provide you with information on how to clean floor tiles and grout.
When getting started on how to clean tile floors, you will need to remember that tile surfaces will need to be swept or vacuumed a few times a week. Keeping dirt and debris off the tile will help to preserve the finish and integrity of the tile. Built up dirt and grime will eventually dull surfaces and start to wear away at your grout.
When the tile is free from all loose debris, you are ready to mop. Mopping should be done with a mild detergent with hot water. It is recommended to use a chamois mop rather than a sponge mop. Sponges basically just push the dirty water around the surface more and make grout even dirtier.
Be sure to work with clean water. Change out the water in your bucket often for the best results. If you prefer to use all natural cleaning methods, you can create your own cleaning solution with vinegar and lemon juice.
Once you are happy with your mopped floor, dry up excess water with a towel pushed around the surface.
You will want to deep clean your tile surfaces periodically. When it is time to deep clean you can use an electric floor washer or scrubber. These devices will ensure that you get a deep down clean that you can’t achieve with just a mop. When using these devices you can use a commercial floor cleaning powder mixed with a gallon of water. Rinse well.
You can’t truly clean your tile without cleaning the grout as well. Grout is literally what holds your tile together. When grout is dirty it can totally change the appearance of the entire tile surface.
Grout is porous and this is why it absorbs so much grime. You will need to use a commercially prepared grout cleaner for the best results. To get a good detailed clean, be sure to use an old toothbrush to clean in between each tile. You can use a silicone grout sealant to prevent future accumulation of dirt and grime in the grout.
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