How to Clean Tile Floors

Tile flooring requires more attention than other flooring options. Besides being the best options for areas where seems to become wet from time to time, tile floorings can still ok like new when you learn the best ways to clean. There are multiple types of tile flooring, and each deserves a particular kind of cleaning, different cleaning products as well as the material to use.

The following content will help you to learn the proper care for your tile flooring and the techniques appropriate for each type of tile flooring.

1)    Cleaning Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors

Ceramic and porcelain are durable and popular flooring options that require minimal attention when it comes to cleaning.

Since tile flooring is prone to dust and grit that might cause scratch and stain, you need to sweep and vacuum multiple times in a week.

Use hot water with a mild detergent to mop away the dirt, grout, and soils. Use material like a sponge to clean the floor to ensure it does not scratch. Lastly, you will need to air-dry the floor to prevent the formation of water spots on the floor.

While you are looking to make your tiles clean and shiny, you may need to learn about the best vacuums for your tiles.

Information found on this link will help you choose the best vacuum. You will be able to care for you tiled floors more effectively.

2)    Cleaning Resilient Tile Floors

These are tile floors that are made from vinyl, rubber, cork, or linoleum.

Besides having minimal attention to cleaning, resilient tiles are great for people who need surfaces that feel easy on their feet. Vinyl tiles require a simple sweep or vacuum to remove debris and use water and vinegar to mop.

Linoleum tiles require more specific requirements when cleaning. You will need to wash the floor with borax or water after sweeping or vacuuming. After the floor is dry, apply wax and buff to allow the floor to shine for at least 3-6 months.

Cork tiles are cleaned depending on the finish on the tiles. Use mild detergents and water to wash and rinse thoroughly if the finish is sealed with polyurethane. For the unfinished or waxed end, clean like the polyurethane finish but apply solid wax when the tiles are dry.

3)    Cleaning Stone Tile Floors

Stone tile flooring can be done with marble, granite, or slate.

When cleaning, you need to pay attention to maintain the surface from damage. Traditional cleaning detergents have chemicals that might easily affect the stone tile floors. For slate tiles, use a mild detergent that does not have any acidic properties.

Those detergents with an acidic PH level are not advisable for marble tiles. For granite tiles, use cleansers that have PH-natural. Once you have cleaned with the right detergents, dry the tiles to keep it clean and shiny.

When you are cleaning a tile floor, pay attention when removing stains or grout.

Understand the right bleaching solutions you can apply to remove grease stains easily. Also, the material you use should not scratch or damage the tiles. If you take good care of your tile flooring, they will look lovely and can last for a long time with its hygienic qualities.


Jeff Campbell

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