Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Tile Flooring?

Your space isn't completely cleaned unless you mop the floors and sweep off every sign or speck of dirt. After all, flooring is a major element that’s highly prone to collecting dust and mud from your shoes. Generally, tile flooring is one of the easiest to maintain and clean as compared to other types of flooring. In this article, we will discuss the various ways to clean the different types of tile flooring and make it easier for you to spruce your spaces.

How to Clean Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles?

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are one of the most durable and easy-to-maintain/clean flooring options for your home. Even though it may be quite easy to clean these floors - here is a simple process that you need to follow for the longevity and durability of the tiles. 

  • You must regularly clean up the loose dirt and dust using a mop or vacuum machine.
  • Avoid the sponge mop and rather clean the tiles using mild detergent. And just in case if you have tile discoloration or stain, try using an appropriate cleanser for effective cleaning.
  • In case your tiles look hazy even after cleaning with detergent, use a non-abrasive cleaner for further cleaning. 
  • Now that you’ve cleaned the tiles, it’s important to dry the floors by simply switching on your fans or letting them air dry. (In the case of glossy tiles, the wet floors are subjected to slipping and sliding)

If you are looking for a non-abrasive cleaning solution for porcelain and ceramic, learn how to make your own tile and grout cleaner.

How to Clean Natural Stone Tiles?

  • Marble tiles: A marble tile must not be cleaned by cleaners that have acid content. Simultaneously, lemon or vinegar must be avoided at all costs since it can easily etch the tile surface. As opposed to ceramic or porcelain tiles, the broom or mop used here must have soft bristles since natural stone can scratch easily. 
  • Granite tiles: A granite tile must be cleaned using a mild pH detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals or even vinegar/lemon since it can damage your tiled floors. 

How to Clean Vinyl or Linoleum Tiles?

  • Vinyl tiles: One of the easiest to clean and maintain, the vinyl tiles need regular sweeping and mopping using a cleaning solution that may contain vinegar. Don’t use an abrasive cleaner or scrubbing tool since it may easily scratch your vinyl floors.
  • Linoleum tiles: For linoleum floors, follow the same steps as the porcelain tiles in addition to applying a coat of wax or liquid wax to let the floors shine. 

How to Clean Tile Grout?

A lighter-colored grout has the potential to stain easily. Hence, it’s recommended that you choose darker-colored stains. On the other hand, if your grout doesn’t clean easily, use a combination of baking soda and water and apply it on the grout directly. After a couple of hours or maybe leaving the surface overnight, scrub the stain and you’ll observe the brand-new look of the tiles and the grout. 

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