How to Maintain Tile Floors
The number one concern somebody often has before installing tile floors in their house is; how to clean it? It was a large investment and an investment you want to keep looking brand new for years to come. Knowing which chemicals to use and not use and the proper care and cleaning of your tile will go along way. Daily sweeping of high traffic areas is helpful when caring for your floors.
- For areas that need spot cleaning such as; spills and stains. Use a rag damp with some pH-balanced floor cleaner, available at any hardware store. Rinse the rag with water and wipe the solution away that you just applied to your floor.
- Dry mop your floor. Tiny particles are the most damaging and disruptive to a natural stone tile floor, but pretty much just an annoyance on a tile floor. Vacuum the floor if the vacuum is safe to use on the floor with out scratching it, mop the floor with a dust rag or mop often to keep the dust away.
- Apply the cleaner, just a few drops, on a small area of your floor. Rub into the floor using a cloth mop.
- Rinse the small area with clean water. Change the water often because the water must be clean, clear, rinse water all the times it is being used.
- Wipe up any standing water quickly with fresh clean absorbent towels.
- Repeat this process for the entire tile floor. Be sure to work in very small areas until the entire floor is done. Working within small areas until the entire floor is done is because you want to prevent standing water and/or chemicals remaining on your floor too long over a period of time.
- A ½ a cup of baking soda and two gallons of clean water and a small cleaning brush, is all you need to keep the grout clean and any spots or stains the floor cleaner did not get.
- Wipe the floor with a damp cloth to remove the baking soda water mixture
- Avoid cleaners like bleach, vinegar, and cleaners containing alkaline and acids
- Sealer will give you extra time to clean up a spill,
- Make sure you get sealer on your floors when you are installing your tile floors or when having them professionally cleaned
- Avoid steam cleaning any natural stone tile floors they require different cleaning techniques
- Sealing your floors and the proper cleaning care are the two most important things necessary for long term protection of your tile and grout
- Clean up spills immediately
- Tiny abrasions from the dirt on the bottom of shoes get tracked on your floor all the time. It is a good idea to use floor mats or rugs in the entry ways of your home and to shake them out often