Tile Maintenance Basics
Simple tile maintenance is one of the main benefits of having tile flooring. It doesn’t take much more than running a vacuum or a mop over tile once a week to maintain consistent quality. Though, there are a few tricks to cleaning tile that you may not be aware of. Whether aware or unaware, we’ll do our best in educating you on the depths of keeping tile clean and shiny.
Again, you can trust the work of a vacuum and a mop for a routine cleaning. For vacuuming, just be sure the bristles are set to function on a hard surface. Tile is very tough to scratch; however, continuous bristle interference could eventually cause some wear to the surface. For mopping, damp the mop with warm water and consider adding some detergent to the bucket of water. The use of a chamois mop is recommended over a traditional sponge mop. Reason being, a chamois mop spreads water more evenly as opposed to a sponge mop, which pushes water in a single direction.
Oh, and if you want to save some time, don’t forget about sweeping. Sweeping is perfect for cleaning up sudden messes in short time.
You’ll find mopping to be the basis of most of the tile maintenance actions we suggest. Rather than mixing in detergent, you can’t go wrong with mixing manufacturer-specific products with mop water. When you have your tile installed, review the maintenance section. The manufacturer should list a few products that are meant for cleaning your specific type of tile.
A combination you may be able to make happen with items laying around the house is the vinegar/water mix. Vinegar is a very purposeful and versatile substance for cleaning floors. Mopping with a white vinegar/water mix will not only effectively clean your tile, but it will also leave a pleasing aroma.
Cleaning square tiles is the easy part. The hard part is cleaning tile grout. This may require some determined work, but if you get in the habit of cleaning tile grout at least once a month then you will save some extensive hands-and-knees scrubbing down the road. When cleaning, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, or a mixture of baking soda and water should do the trick. Grab a spray bottle, mix the substances evenly and spray the tile grout. You can scrub with an old tooth brush or something of the like.
One thing that ABSOLUTELY needs to be done is grout sealing. If you want to prevent unwanted water/liquid damage, it is important for your tile grout to be sealed. A sealant protects against water, but also dirt and dust. If you are applying the sealant on your own, be sure to first test it in a lesser-used area of the tile floor. Assuming it does its job in protecting against moisture, go ahead and apply it throughout.
For tile purchase and installation, call Floors Touch at (214) 326-0100. Also, please visit our website—www.floorstouch.com—and our blog for more tile maintenance input.