How to Maintain Clean Floor Tiles
So you just had some new floor tiles put in. Or perhaps you’ve had them for years and are wondering what the best maintenance is. Well fortunately cleaning and maintaining clean tiles is easy. Here are some steps you can take to help keep your tile looking brand new.
6 Steps on how to maintain clean floor tiles
1. Sweep or Vacuum Regularly
This may seem obvious but it’s very important. Dirt particles could potentially damage the tile if not removed on a regular basis. Use a dust mop or vacuum to remove dirt and debris. Dust mops may be better than stiff bristle brooms as these can scratch the tile. In low traffic areas, once a week is usually sufficient. In high traffic areas once every few days may be more appropriate.
2. Mop Floors Once Weekly
A few tablespoons of mild detergent in a warm gallon of water is typically all that is needed to clean the tiles. You can also use a commercial cleaner this is specifically designed for your type of tile. As a general rule, acidic cleaners or bleach should not be used for routine maintenance. If you have unglazed tiles then cleaning products that contain color should be avoided.
3. Clean Any Spills Quickly
When trying to maintain clean floor tiles you can use absorbent cloths or paper towels to wipe up spills right away. This is important to prevent any stains from building up, or even worst, someone slipping. If the spill was something that contained sugar such as juice or coffee be sure to use a mild detergent and water to remove the sugar so that the tile is not sticky. Be sure to dry floors immediately.
4. Periodically Do a Thorough Cleaning
While daily maintenance will help reduce the frequency of having to do thorough deep cleaning, occasional deep cleaning will be required. This will help remove stains and residue that has built up. You could use a commercial cleaner for this or you could use a simple solution of 3/4 cup white vinegar with a gallon of warm water.
5. Don’t Forget About the Grout
For the grout, you can buy cleaners that are specific for grout. You could also create a simple mixture of baking soda and water. If you use the baking soda solution you can allow it to sit overnight and then use a small scrub brush or an old tooth-brush to scrub the grout and ant then rinse with clean water. For stubborn stains, you can use a solution of three-quarters bleach one-quarter water. Try to avoid getting the solution on the tile.
6. Use Doormats and Area Rugs
Be sure to use area rugs and runners in high traffic areas. This is will reduce scratching, stains, and dirt. Be mindful of areas in the kitchen like in front of the stove and sink. These would be good areas to place a floor mat or rug.
As you can see it’s easy to maintain clean floor tiles. Whether you have a newly installed tile or floor that you have had for some time, following these steps will help keep your tile in good condition for years to come. If you need assistance in your tile cleaning needs or just don’t have the time to do it yourself, reach out to us here at AllKllean today and let us help you keep it all clean.