January 24th, 2017

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The most common method people default to when it comes to cleaning their home’s tile floor is basic sweeping or mopping. But did you know that there are special techniques you can use with these methods that will allow cleaning your tile to be more effective? Here are some easy tips for cleaning your tile floors:

Sweeping/Vacuuming Your Tile Floor

By sweeping or vacuuming your tile floors, you can remove sand and other small, rough particles that can scratch up your floor or dull its appearance. Make sure you always sweep or vacuum your floor before you begin to mop; that way, you won’t be scratching your floor’s surface with lingering particles as you mop.

Cleaning the Grout

The tiles aren’t the only things that require thorough cleaning; the grout lines do too! Since grout has the tendency to trap smaller particles and absorb stains that are harder to clean, it’s important that you pay special attention to these areas. An easy way to clean grout lines is by making a simple baking soda and water mixture. Rub the solution on the grout lines, let it sit overnight, and then scrub the areas the next day with a stiff nylon brush. This will help remove the more difficult stains and keep your grout lines looking clean.

Mopping Your Tile Floor

When it comes to mopping your tile floor, clean the surface with a mild detergent and warm, clean water. Use a rag or chamois-type mop instead of a sponge mop to scrub the floor surface. This is because sponge mops usually push dirty water into harder to clean grout lines. A rag or chamois-type mop will allow you to thoroughly clean the floor’s surface without simply pushing dirt around. In addition, when you’re mopping, change the water frequently as you go; if you continue to use the same water, it will become dirtier faster, and your floor will reflect that by having a cloudier appearance.

Post-Mopping Treatments

If you notice that your tile floor is looking hazy after you’ve mopped, it’s likely that it is a result of extra, soapy residue. This hazy film can easily be removed using a standard, nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. If you don’t have any all-purpose cleaner on hand, a great DIY way to remove the film is by using fresh lemon juice; this normally works best with ceramic floors. Please note that you should not use this method if you have marble floors; the acidity of the lemon juice may damage them.

By following these tips, you can instantly have a cleaner, shiner, newer-looking floor that you can be proud of!


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