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How to Clean Floor Tiles

By September 13 , 2019

Clean, clean, clean
Scrub, scrub, scrub,
Till you have a floor super, super, neat
No smell, no stink, a hygienic fresh bathroom,
First thing in the day, no desire to be pissed off
So, then, you choose the right floor
Clean foors, clean house, clean frame of mind
Happiness and tranquility will be easier to find!

Lets begin with ceramic and porcelain. They require very little special care. But coarse tiles like marble, slate, granite or lime stone do require individualised care and often specific cleaners. So now lets do a breakup for porcelain and ceramic tiles.

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  • Clean up the loose debris: Sweeping and vacuuming of tile floors regularly helps them look bright, instead of dull. Ceramic tiles keep shining but are amenable to dirt, sand and grit which will dull the glazed surface.
  • Choose the right floor mop: Clean the tiles with mild detergent and clean water with a rag, not sponge. A rag and chamois style mops or a normal `poncha` is good for all floors. Change the water frequently.
  • Look out for tile stains: Check what kind of stain it is and remove accordingly. Marble stains stay very quickly and the stains are hard to remove. Try Harpic! A bathroom cleaner on such stains. They will get removed.

Watch out for soap residue. If the tiles look hazy even after drying you might be having soap residue on your tiles. Clean with a non-abrasive all purpose cleaner.

Home made cleaners can be made with mild acid- fresh lemon juice. But don`t use this on stone floors. Don`t let the tiles air dry. Water spots will get left. Wipe with a lint free cloth immediately after washing.

How should one clean stone tile floors

Natural stone tiles like granite, marble, slate must not be cleaned with regular chemical cleaners. Clean with cleaners especially made for stone.

  • Slate tiles: Use mild detergent and avoid acidic cleaners like lemon juice. It may damage the surface. On coated tiles, avoid water spots by drying tiles right away with a soft towel.
  • Marble tiles: These must not be cleaned with acidic ph cleaners or lemon or vinegar. Do not use scratch producing brushes or scouring powder
  • Granite tiles: Clean with a mild detergent that is ph neutral. A harsh cleaner leaves streaks or produces discoloration on the tile. You might buff the tile to let it look shining and clean.

Now let’s get onto resilient tile floors and their uses. These are made from linoleum, vinyl, cork and rubber.

Vinyl tile: Easy to maintain. Sweep or vacuum clean the dust and dirt. Mop with vinyl cleaning solution or water and vinegar. Do not use abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools. It will get scratched.

Linoleum tile: After sweeping or vacuuming, wash the tile with linoleum flooring cleaner solution or borax or water. Rinse clean and let the floor dry. To protect these floors apply a coat of wax or liquid wax and buff to shine every 3-6 months.

Cork tile: Care will vary according to its finish. If cork surface is coated with polyethane, clean with water and mild detergent or white vinegar, then rinse well. If cork is unfinished or waxed, follow on with polyethane cleaner process but apply solid or liquid wax once the tile has dried.

  • How to clean up tile grout
  • Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. How can you make it look new.
  1. Don`t use commercial cleaners. Instead make a paste of baking soda and water.
  2. Rub it on your stains, let that stay overnight and scrub the stains in the morning with stiff nylon brush, not a metal brush which will damage the grout.
  3. Apply silicone based sealer to the grout to repel any future stains. Put after 10-14 days after grout has been installed or renewed.

How often should your tiles be cleaned

  • Vacuuming or sweeping once a week is good.
  • Wet clean- Mopping in the kitchen, bathroom tiles should be once a week. Spot clean grout once every few months.

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