Tips to Clean Tile
Tile is a durable flooring option for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas in the home that might often become wet or dirty. And while dust and grime may disturb your floor, with proper care and treatment your tile will shine for years to come.
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1. Basic Tile Flooring Care
There are a number of ways to maintain the integrity of your tile floors. Some methods for cleaning your tile flooring will take more time than others, but all will contribute to making your floor sparkle.
- Sweeping or vacuuming will remove dirt, food crumbs, and other various fragments that may accumulate on your floor. The more diligent you are about cleaning, the better your chances of avoiding hard-to-remove grime.
- Mopping and then drying the tile with warm water will prevent new dirt from accumulating and staining the grout.
- Clean up spills. If you drop orange juice on the floor soak it up promptly!
2. Deep Cleaning Procedures
In addition to the basic flooring care techniques listed above, there are several deep cleaning procedures that will also help maintain your tile floor.
- Mop with 1/2 cup of vinegar and a gallon of water. If needed, mop again with fresh water and detergent.
- Remove stains: Ignoring a spill for too long will result in stained tile, so formulate a paste to clean any stained areas. With a clean brush, scrub using a mixture of warm water and scouring powder.
- Clean mildew from tile using a 50/50 mixture of water and ammonia. Mildew tends to creep into bathrooms, so put on a pair of rubber gloves, and get scrubbing!
3. Washing Stained Grout
Cleaning grout may not be the most enjoyable task, but it’s a necessity, particularly when the grout comprises old stains that have lingered over time. If you follow the proper steps, your grout will look as clean as it did when it was originally installed.
- Use oxygen bleach and warm water to break down stain molecules into small pieces.
- Pour the mixture onto the tile floor so that your grout lines are completely soaked. Don’t flood the floor, but make sure the level of water fills the grout.
- After 30 minutes, wash out the grout with a nylon-bristled brush.
- And finally, rinse the floor with clean water until the grout is completely clean.
These are a few useful do-it-yourself tips for cleaning your tile flooring. All it takes is a few household supplies and a willingness to administer the maintenance regularly.
If you’d like to go the extra mile, or if you have stains that cannot be cleaned through basic cleaning procedures, consider using a steam cleaning machine. This is an effective solution when bleach products are not proven to be effective.
Just Around the Corner in St. Louis, MO would love to hear from you. Contact one of our flooring specialists to learn more about tile floor maintenance, or if you have any other questions relating to flooring.