Looking for the best way to keep tile floors clean? Check-Out these quick tips.

Tile flooring is one of the most common flooring types used in home, business and renovations.  If you have tile floors, you understand the importance of keeping them clean. Regular tile cleaning keeps your floors looking new for years to come.

Let’s Start With The Basics

You can easily keep your tile floors clean and looking brand new. by cleaning them regularly to avoid filmy tiles and dirty grout.  Make sure to vacuum or sweep your kitchen floor and mop at least every two weeks. If you have tiles in your bathroom, make sure to vacuum or sweep and mop every week to keep the floor sanitary.  You may need to clean more often if you have kids and pets in the home. 

Types of Tile Cleaning Tips

Certain tile requires different cleaning products to avoid any lasting damage.  Here is a list of different tiles and how to clean them.

Ceramic And Porcelain: Long Lasting

  1. Sweep or vacuum first to get rid of loose dirt.
  2. A microfiber or chamois-type mop is more efficient for cleaning these types of floors because sponge mops push dirty water into the grout lines, and this makes it harder to clean. Make sure to change the water often while mopping because dirty water leads to a dirty floor.
  3. If your tiles look hazy after cleaning, you may be seeing soap residue. Remove the film with an all-purpose cleaner. You could also use a homemade cleaner with a mild acid (or freshly squeezed lemon juice).
  4. Don’t let the floors air-dry as water will form water spots. Dry the floor with a clean cloth after you finish washing.

Pro-tip: attach the fabric to the bottom of your shoe for a painless drying process.

Stone:

Be extra careful when cleaning stone materials like marble, granite, or slate. Chemicals in traditional cleaning sprays and liquids can damage the surface of these materials. Use specific cleaners made for natural stone tiles to preserve your flooring.  If your not sure what chemicals are safe for your stone floors call a professional. See below list for suggestions.

Natural stone tile tips: 

  • Slate: The best cleaner for slate is a mild detergent with no acidic ingredients. Make sure they don’t include lemon or vinegar. Avoid water spots if your slate tile is coated by drying right away with a towel.  
  • Marble: Marble is the most high-maintenance material of the group and there can’t be any acidic PH level in the cleaner you use. You also have to stay away from anything that might scratch the marble. Avoid brushes with rough bristles or scouring powder like AJAX.
  • Granite: Similar to marble, you can’t clean granite with anything containing acidic ingredients. A harsh cleaner that isn’t PH-neutral may leave streaks or discolor the tile. You may want to use a buffer to polish your granite floor to keep that fresh, shiny look.

Resilient Tile Floors

Linoleum, vinyl, cork, and rubber. These require minimal tile cleaning maintenance.

  • Vinyl: Start by sweeping or vacuuming up debris and mop with a vinyl cleaning solution. You can also mix water and vinegar to wash. Never use an intense cleaner or scrubbing tool to avoid scratches on the surface of your floor.
  • Linoleum: Sweep wash with a linoleum cleaning solution or Borax detergent and water. You can let the floor air-dry. To fully protect your floors, put a coat of wax or liquid wax and buff to create that glisten every 3 to 6 months.
  • Cork: This tile is all based around the finish. Clean with water and mild detergent or white vinegar and then rinse. If the cork is unfinished or waxed, follow the same cleaning instructions, but apply solid or liquid wax once the tile is dry.

Keep Your Tile Clean And Beautiful

Use the above tips to start a regular tile cleaning and maintenance schedule. Makes sure to carefully follow instructions on cleaners so you don’t damage your tile floors.  Looking for a professional? Schedule a FREE in-home estimate with Swift Services today.