There are numerous reasons to choose tile flooring. For instance, it’s attractive, has a long lifespan, and is inhospitable to dust mites, mold, other particles that can trigger allergies. And it can also be easier to clean than other surfaces like carpet.
Tile has many advantages, and to keep tile floors looking great we have a few cleaning tips that can come in handy:
- Wipe Up Spills the Moment They Happen: Don’t wait until tile floors are so dirty you can’t stand it any longer. To avoid serious stains or damage, clean tiles regularly to avoid having to resort to strong chemicals and serious hands-and-knees scrubbing.
- Keep Dirt from Getting In: Door mats at entrances help keep outside dirt at bay. Some people keep a towel near the door during snowy or rainy weather to sop up water and dirt that collects in doorways. You could also invoke a “no shoes” rule in the winter to help stop Toronto slush from making its way inside.
- Sweep Often: Adheres easily to the surface of ceramic tile, especially styles with textured surfaces. Sweeping loosens and dirt Regular sweeping loosens and removes most dirt. A vacuum cleaner can also be used to sweep, but make sure you use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles. Vacuum cleaner attachments are great to suck up dirt along edges or in between tiles.
- Avoid Using Bleach and Ammonia: Bleach and ammonia based cleaners are known to discolor grout lines gradually over time. Instead, use a mild all-purpose cleaner, or the manufacturer’s suggested product. Additionally, a non-epoxy grout sealer applied twice a year will protect the grout from staining.
- Be Gentle with Tile: Don’t use abrasive materials such as steel wool that will damage the finish on your tiles. Use soft cleaning cloths and mops instead – preferably using Microfibers that are extremely gentle on surfaces and trap dirt particles easily.
- Never Wax a Tile Floor: Tile shouldn’t have to be waxed. Tile floors that are sealed or waxed with an acrylic or urethane coating, it requires a great deal of added maintenance. For instance, the coating may scuff and show foot and drag marks, and it could build up and yellow if it’s stripped and waxed at least every year.
- Don’t Use Your Vacuum’s Beater Bar: A vacuum’s beater bar (or roller) is meant to brush and lift carpet fibers to pull hair and dirt from deep within. This is okay for carpets, but using it on your tile floors could scratch or dull the finish. Vacuum cleaners allow you to turn off or raise your beater bar so you can vacuum hard surface floors like tile.
- Dry Tiles after Cleaning: The dirt and minerals dissolved in the water you use to clean the tile floor can damage and discolor your tile, and even lead to mildew. Tile surfaces exposed to water regularly should be caulked, and the caulk should be regularly inspected to make sure it isn’t peeling away from the tile surface. Sealing the caulking will protect your grout from wear and tear, as well as stains.
Do you have any other tips to add about cleaning file floors? Please let us know in the comments!