One wouldn’t wash a stainless-steel refrigerator with a cleaner meant for an enamel surface. The same concept applies to our tiles. While tile floors are incredibly durable, certain kinds of tile need to be cared for in a special way. Ceramic and porcelain floor tiles are fairly low maintenance, while coarse tiles such as slate, marble, granite, or limestone require individualized care and often specific cleaners.
One can easily take care of tile floors with a gentle hand and a few smart cleaning techniques that will keep the tiles and grout looking like new. Here is how to clean the tile floors, how to clean tile grout, which cleaning products and tools to use, and how often the floors need to be cleaned.
Our kitchen or bathroom isn’t fully clear until we’ve scrubbed the floors/walls with tile surfaces. It’s important to keep an eye on our tile floors for signs of dirt or grime. A hazy film or dirty grout are both indicators that our floors need more than a cursory sweeping. When it’s time to clean our tile floors, we need to be sure that we use the proper technique for types of tiles as the recommended cleaners and mops vary between materials. The following are the best ways to clean our tile floors.
The process to Clean Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors
Often Tile Cleaning is as simple as mixing a mild detergent with warm water and cleaning the tile surfaces with a rag or mop. A mop pushes dirty water into the grout and soils it. Change the solution of the bucket of cleaning solution often so that it doesn’t have dirt and the mop doesn’t leave a cloudy film of dirt on the tile surfaces.
However tough stains and mild hard water scales accumulation on tile surfaces are sometimes difficult to remove with this common methodology. Thereby arises the need for a professional tile cleaning liquid.
In order to restore the original shining tiles as good as new, good quality and standard pH tile cleaner should be used with a few droplets spread over a moist scrub and the same shall be gently rubbed over the stained surfaces as well as nonstained surfaces. Immediately after this process tile surfaces should be sprayed off with plain water, to witness a clean tile.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are incredibly durable, and a few easy cleaning tips can keep these types of floors looking sparkling. Follow this simple process to clean ceramic and porcelain tile:
- Clean up loose debris: Sweep or vacuum the tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Ceramic tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull the glazed surfaces
- Be on the look for tile stains: If one finds a discoloration, first try to determine what type of substance made the stain. Use the appropriate cleaner for the stain for the most effective cleaning.
- Watch for soap residue: If our tiles look hazy even after cleaning, we might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. We can also try a homemade cleaner with a mild acid such as fresh lemon juice on ceramic or porcelain tiles (but never on stone tiles). Ecogenics India Tile Cleaner is also an effective tile cleaning solution that doesn’t impact the tile surface with its application.
- Dry the tiles: Don’t let the glazed tile floors air-dry as the sitting water will form water spots. Take care of that by drying the floor with a clean, lint-free cloth immediately after washing.