When it comes to caring for your tile flooring, there are a number of options that can work depending on the level of dirt and grime you need to address. Since different types of tile require specific manners of care, we’ll address those, as well as some general care tips you can use on any type of tile.
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Maintain Your Tile Floor
One of the easiest ways to care for your tile floor is to provide proper maintenance. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, it’s important to ensure that you regularly sweep or vacuum your tile floor to remove dirt. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum with a brush attachment. When it’s time to mop, be sure to sweep first to eliminate any dirt and dust that could be ground into the floor. When spills occur, wipe them up as soon as possible to avoid dealing with difficult spots down the road.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tile flooring is generally used in kitchens and bathrooms due to the durability and beauty of this material. To keep your ceramic tile floors looking their best, you should aim to clean the bathroom tile once a week and the kitchen tile every other week. Since sponge mops can actually push dirty water into the grout lines and cause your floors to look dirtier, you want to use a cleaning cloth or a flat mop. Use a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Depending on the level of dirt on the floor, you may need to add fresh water several times to avoid cleaning your floor with dirty water. Make sure you wash and dry one section of the floor at a time so that you don’t leave standing water on the tiles.
Porcelain Tile Floors
For unglazed and unpolished porcelain tile floors, be sure to use a soft-bristle brush and scrub with a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Let the mixture sit on the tile for five to 10 minutes and then rinse with hot water. Wipe the tile dry with either a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.
For glazed and polished porcelain tile floors, wipe with hot water and scrub any stains with a bristle brush. You can use either a vinegar solution or a commercial tile cleaner, but be sure to dilute the commercial cleaner to half strength. Use hot water once more to rinse off any remaining cleaner, and dry with a clean towel.
Avoid using ammonia or bleach on your porcelain tile floors, as these can cause permanent damage.
Other Types of Tile Flooring
There are a number of other types of tile flooring, including:
- Natural stone
- Marble tile
- Travertine tile
- Granite Tile
While beautiful, these types of tile require some special care to preserve their beauty for years to come. Remember to sweep the floor with a soft broom before you begin the cleaning process, as rough bristles can cause scratches. Use warm water and a few drops of a mild dish soap to clean the tile. Avoid using any cleaning products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acidic ingredients, as these can degrade the tile. If you are unsure what is safe to use to clean your floor, contact Gateway Design and Home, and we’ll be happy to provide you with the information you need.
No matter how often you clean your tile floor, if the grout is dirty, the floor will also look dirty. The good news is that with a little bit of time and elbow grease, you can make your grout look sparkling clean once more. There are a few options you can try when it comes to cleaning your grout:
- Create a paste with baking soda and water and gently scrub with a grout brush or toothbrush.
- Use a white or pink pencil eraser to remove small stains
- For stubborn stains, apply a grout cleaner to the lines and rinse with warm water.
Your Flooring Choice in Loveland
When it comes to choosing the right tile for your home, the experts at Gateway Design and Home can help. We are proud to be Loveland’s Top Rated Local® flooring company, and we would love to provide you with the highest level of quality and service as you search for your new flooring option. Stop by our showroom today or contact us with any questions you may have about tile flooring.