Going for tile flooring is a very versatile way to make your home look great. They are very attractive and can be used in all your rooms be it your kitchen, bedrooms or your bathroom. However, just like all kinds of flooring, in order to increase the longevity of your floors and make them look great all the time, you do need to do a little bit of maintenance. The good thing is that you do not need to be a pro in order to get it done. All you need is the right ingredients and the right techniques to avoid damaging the floors while cleaning them.
This article will cover all the necessary information that you need to have for cleaning the tile floors. As we proceed, you will understand how easy the whole process is.
So, let’s get started.
Basic Tools and Materials Required to Clean the Tile Floors
- Soft broom
- Dry cloth
- All-purpose dish soap
- Warm water
- Baking soda
- Vinegar (if you prefer to go DIY)
- Borax (if you prefer to go DIY)
Simple Tricks to Clean the Tile Floors
1. Go for weekly cleanup
As mentioned earlier, you need to maintain the tile floors and for that, going for a weekly dry cleaning is the best choice. All you have to do is to sweep the floors using a soft bristle broom to get rid of the dirt and then vacuum them with a vacuum cleaner having a brush attachment.
2. Determine the type of tile you have
The basic cleaning of the floors might be the same but if you want to deep clean them then it is important to determine the material of tile you have. In case you are not aware, tile floors can come in many types, the most common of which are ceramic or porcelain, marble or natural stone, and vinyl or linoleum, cleaning methods of all which we will cover in this article.
3. Deep clean the floors as per the material type
Besides dry cleaning, occasional deep cleaning is very important. You just have to slightly tweak the techniques depending on what type of tile floor you have.
i) For ceramic or porcelain floors
In most cases, you can actually use any kind of cleaner to get your ceramic floors cleaned. Be it the commercially purchased all-purpose cleaner or your own DIY cleaner using white vinegar and water, everything works.
- Vacuum or sweep the floors. A microfiber duster comes in handy here.
- Dip the rag in your preferred cleaner after mixing it with warm water. Make sure you get rid of the excess water.
- Gently run the mop or the rug over the floor
- It is important that you change the water frequently as it is bound to get dirty after every use.
- Spray the cleaner over the grout. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it.
- Always use a clean cloth to dry the floor.
ii) For marble or natural stone floors
Cleaning marble or natural stone floors is almost the same as cleaning ceramic ones. Only minor modifications are required.
- Using a soft bristle broom is mandatory when it comes to sweeping these floors as they are more prone to scratches than ceramic or porcelain ones.
- It is highly recommended that you avoid using acidic or chemical-based cleaners, so no vinegar here. Instead, choose a very mild cleanser that is pH neutral. This will help you prevent discoloration.
iii) For vinyl or linoleum floors
These kinds of tile floors are most common and one of the reasons behind that is because they are comparatively cheaper. A steam mop is great to clean them. However, you do need to keep in mind that excess moisture and heat are a complete no-no when you are dealing with vinyl or linoleum floors.
- For vinyl- You can sweep the floors using a gentle broom but when it comes to choosing a cleaner, you can make your own solution using vinegar and water. However, if you are not confident using that, you can always consult your manufacturer and find the ideal cleaning solution for them. But, in general, it is good to avoid all kinds of abrasive cleaners as they can lead to scratches on your floor.
- For linoleum – Sweeping the floors using a gentle broom is recommended. As far as choosing the right cleaning solution is concerned, here also you can consult your manufacturer. As for DIY, the mixture of water and borax works best. However, in order to maintain the shine of the floors, it is recommended that you coat the floors with wax and buff them every 3-6 months.
4. Do not forget the grout stains
If your floors have grout that is light in color, then it is bound to stain quite easily. Now, in most cases, you can get rid of them with normal cleaning but if it is not working for you, then it is recommended that you try a mixture of baking soda and water. This is usually very effective. All you need to do is let the mixture sit overnight or at least a few hours and then scrub using a nylon brush.
Many use a steam cleaner. Although it is effective, it can ultimately damage the grout over the course of time when used on a regular basis. So, it is best to avoid it. And, when it is about sealing the grout, try to use a sealer that is silicone-based.
The above-mentioned hacks are the easiest ways to keep your tile floors clean. They are not just effective in getting rid of stubborn stains but are also very cost-effective. You just have to be a little consistent with the cleaning routine and not make the cleaning work a once-in-a-while task. Remember the longer you let the dirt accumulate on the floor, the harder work you will have to do to get them removed. So, put in a little bit of effort from time to time and enjoy the results.