Guide to Cleaning Tiled Floors

Guide to Cleaning Tiled Floors

Tile floors are a durable option but there is some maintenance involved in making sure they are clean. But there is no vigorous cleaning procedure and they are relatively low maintenance when you compare them to other flooring types. You can use household material to keep your tile floor shiny and clean.

You can sweep or vacuum a tile floor regularly especially in high traffic areas of the house like the kitchen, dining, and living areas. Otherwise, there will be a layer of grit and sand that will accumulate on top and when you are walking over it, it can create an abrasive effect on the floor dulling its appearance.

So sweeping has to be done daily if these areas are used often or you can reduce it for twice a week depending on the specific usage. Wet cleaning the tile surface using a mop should be done once a week for your kitchen and bathrooms. If your kitchen floor is generally clean, you can do this once every two weeks. The grout should be spot cleaned once in three months so that it stays pristine.

There are some basic items you need to clean tiles such as tile cleaners, broom, and dustpan, vacuum cleaner, dry clothes, warm water, rags, etc. If you have ceramic or porcelain floors, you can use any type of cleaner. You can use dish soap or even white vinegar. Dirt will usually accumulate in the four corners of the rooms so you need to use a broom or vacuum to pick that up. If there is grime build-up, you can use a small brush with tile cleaner to brush the grime away.

There are also microfiber dusters that will let you pick up strands of hair and dust on the floor. You can use warm water with the tile cleaner and use a rag or a mop to clean the floor. To avoid missing spots on the floor, you can clean by running the damp rag along with the tile pattern on the floor which will serve as a guide.

When cleaning with a rag or wet mop you will see that the water in the bucket tends to get dirtier each time. You need to refill this bucket several times to make sure that you are not adding to the grime on the tile. If you continue with dirty water, there will be a hazy film of dirt on the tile floor. If this happens, you can use hot water and white vinegar to remove the film with a rag.

There are cleaners made for grout especially that you can simply spray on the grout lines and rinse off after some time. Some types of tiles can form water spots on the surface so you will need to dry it immediately after you run it with a damp mop. Make sure you use a dry and clean cloth for this. You can use the same technique for marble and stone floors but in this instance, you need to check whether the tile cleaner you use is suitable for them.