Tile flooring is one of the most popular flooring options for kitchen, bathrooms and even other areas in your home. They look great and are fairly easy to maintain. Like all type of floors around your house, they need regular cleaning and maintenance. With proper care, you can make them last for years!
We have some great tips for you to help you keep the tiles and grouts on your floor in great condition for as long as possible.
Essential tile cleaning
Vacuum the tile floor regularly to prevent the dust, grime and food crumbs to add up in the grouts. Tiles may be resistant to dust, but sand and mud can damage and make the surface cloudy.
After you’re done vacuuming, it’s time to mop up. Use hot water and add dish soap or cleaning detergent. Use microfiber mop or a cloth to clean the tiles. Make sure to change the water often to avoid pushing and sealing the dirty water in the grout. Run a dry mop or cloth over the floor to prevent new dust to gather and stain the tiles. Cleaning the tiles regularly will guarantee you a shiny floor for years.
How to remove stains from tiles
Tiles may look like they’re hard to get damage, but don’t take any risks. Clean spills and drops as soon as they happen. Use a cloth and all-purpose cleaner to remove them. Disinfect after that. Fortunately, tiles are stain resistant and you can clean almost any type of stains on them.
If there is a sticky spill on the floor, waiting for you to come home all day, you have to try a little harder. You will need a strong cleaner and a brush to clean these messes.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great option for cleaning stubborn stains. Mix ⅓ of the peroxide with ⅔ hot water. Scrub with a brush the affected area until the stain is completely removed.
Rinse the place with clean water, dry it out with a microfiber cloth. In the end, mop up the floor to make it shiny.
How to clean the grout of the tiles
If the tiles have dirty grout, the whole floor looks dirty. If the grout is dirty, the whole floor looks dirty. Imagine white tiles and greyish grout. Doesn’t sound good, does it?
If a stain happens to affect the grout as well, you can use Hydrogen peroxide to remove it, just like you can use it for tile stains. You need to use a toothbrush instead of a normal one to make sure you’re reaching every corner of the grout.
To clean the grout regularly, you can mix up baking soda and water to create a paste. Pour the baking soda into a bowl, add a couple of water drops and start mixing it up. Add water until the paste is properly mixed. Use an old toothbrush and scrub the grout by using the mixture. After giving it a good scrub, leave it for a couple of minutes. Leave it for longer in damaged areas. Wash out the grout with warm water and then dry the surface out with a microfiber cloth to remove any trace left from the mixture. This is a natural, bleaching and easy solution you can use to maintain the grout in a good shape.
If you’re not able to remove a certain type of stain from the grout, the only option is to remove the damaged grout from the particular area. You can do this, by using a grout remover, which can be found in most of the home renovation stores. After removing the grout, you need to fill up the empty spot. If you have some grout left, use it. If you don’t you can find grout samples in the same color in the stores. If you find a suitable grout in a similar color, apply it by following the manufacturer instructions written on the box.
If this sounds like too much hassle, you can always count on professional cleaning providers to fix the problem for you. Regular cleaning and maintenance is the solution to have a shiny kitchen or bathroom tile floor.