Take care of your tile floors with a gentle hand and a few smart cleaning techniques that will keep your tiles and grout looking like new. Learn how to clean your tile floors, how to clean tile grout, which cleaning products and tools to use and how often your floors need to be cleaned. While tile floors are incredibly durable, certain kinds of tile need to be cared for in a special way. Your kitchen or bathroom is never fully clean until you’ve scrubbed the floors. While you don’t have to tackle this chore every time you wipe down the countertop, it’s important to keep an eye on your tile floors for signs of dirt or grime. A hazy film or dirty grout are both indicators that it’s time to do more than sweeping.
Cleaning Unpolished/Unglazed Porcelain Tile
1. Vacuum and sweep the area thoroughly to remove dust and dirt. No matter what tile material you have, one of the most important steps to have clean tile floors is weekly maintenance. At least once or twice a week, sweep the tile and grout with a soft bristle broom. Vacuum with a brush attachment to remove remaining particles and dust. Be sure to remove stains and spills as soon as possible because wet and grimy dirt becomes more difficult to remove the longer it sits.
2. Taking one section at a time (two or four feet square), saturate the tile surface with a vinegar-and-water mixture (1/4 cup white vinegar and two gallons of water) or a commercial cleanser (available for sale at the Tile Superstore & more).
3. Allow the cleanser to soak into the tile for five to ten minutes, but do not allow it to dry.
4. Scrub stained areas with a soft-bristle brush.
5. Wipe away the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the area with hot water.
6. Dry the tile with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth. Don’t let your glazed tile floors air-dry—the sitting water will form water spots.
What Not to Do
While porcelain tile boasts exceptional durability, there are few products and techniques you should avoid when you go to clean:
-Never use a product containing ammonia or bleach (or any type of acid-based cleanser); these can alter the tile color and/or stain the grout. Also never use oil-based detergents or wax cleaners.
-Do not use any cleaners that contain dye or coloring.
-Never use steel wool to clean porcelain tile—small particles of steel can become embedded in the tile and grout, eventually causing rust stains.
-Do not use hard bristles or scrub brushes, as they can scratch the tile surface.
With over 600,000 sq ft of tile in-stock, we know a little something about keeping your floors looking brand new. We’re proud to be able to help create a look you love, and we want it to last a lifetime. Regular cleaning and polishing with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth will ensure that porcelain tile retains its “like new” shine for many years.
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