How to Clean Tile Floors

There probably isn’t any easier floor to clean than tile. However, most floors made today are being made with higher quality materials, making general maintenance easier than ever.

Also, as with most floor cleaning, creating a cleaning solution is fairly easy on your own. Although certain name brand cleaners are still available for tile floors. Nevertheless, why not save some money creating your own cleaning concoction?

You still may have to contend with a nasty stain on the grout of the tile. Some natural methods are available to take care of that.

Keeping the Finish On Your Tile Floor Looking Pristine

To keep the finish on your tile floor looking like new, you can do three types of cleaning: Dry cleaning, wet cleaning, or spot cleaning.

Dry cleaning means sweeping or vacuuming your tile floor a couple of times per week to clean up general dirt. Without doing this regularly, the finish will start to look dull due to excessive foot traffic.

Microfiber dusters are a good tool to use in addition to a broom or vacuum. With wet cleaning, though, a simple mop will do.

For spot cleaning, you can usually create your own cleaning solution for the tile grout. Commercial cleaners are sometimes a risk, if many reliable brands available.

Tackling a Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floor

Since most tile floors are made of these materials, it really doesn’t complicate anything in cleaning the surface.

The best way to clean ceramic or porcelain is to mix together some dish soap with warm water. Or, even white vinegar is a common product straight from the kitchen. Because vinegar has a little acidity, it helps more in picking up most stains.

When creating your homemade cleaning solution, use a wet mop as your cleaning tool. You’re better off using a chamois mop rather than a sponge mop, though a rag can work in place if a mop isn’t available.

Be sure to change the water in your bucket periodically so the dirty water won’t cause a grimy haze over the tile surface.

Being More Careful with Marble Tile

More people are starting to buy marble and natural stone tiles to create more character in their living/business environments. Cleaning those is also straightforward, outside of needing care on what kind of cleaner you use.

Avoid use of vinegar here since any kind of natural stone won’t take acidity. If buying a professional cleaning product, be sure it doesn’t contain vinegar or lemon.

Mild cleaners like dish soap mixed with warm water will work well. Otherwise, using any acidic ingredients could end up discoloring the tile, hence likely requiring a replacement within a few years.

Since these materials also can scratch more easily, make sure any broom you use for general cleaning is soft rather than hard bristles.

When Should You Use Commercial Cleaning Products?

Sometimes you’ll have to buy a professional cleaning solution to get the job done more thoroughly. For instance, on vinyl or linoleum tiles, it’s best to find a solution meant for these types of surfaces.

Keep in mind you can still use a mop or a rag with the cleaning solution. The good news is many of these professional cleaning products aren’t too expensive.

Some to keep on your shopping list:

  • Sheiner’s Floor Cleaner is very popular thanks to having a highly concentrated formula.
  • Bona is another favorite thanks to its easy application via spray nozzle.
  • Black Diamond is yet another good brand to use, especially on marble. It’s known for its eco-friendly formula besides.

Using Baking Soda on Grout Stains

A few stains might be kind of stubborn on your tile grout. Mixing together a cleaning paste of baking soda with warm water is a common natural cleaning solution that almost always works.

Use any sort of brush to scrub out the stain. Nevertheless, before you start brushing away, let the baking soda paste sit for a few hours, if not overnight.

Afterward, you might want to consider using a sealer to keep the grout protected from further spills or foot traffic.


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