Tile Floors

Tile Floors

Tile Floors

Nothing makes the home look more inviting than a generous use of floor tiles in most spaces. When it comes to floor covering, floor tiles have emerged as the leading in a league of its own. Individuals who have chosen to include such floors as part of their home décor prefer them for various reasons, which include the relatively easy clean-up after spills of food or drink. But it’s important to understand what is involved with cleaning tile floors in order to maintain the longevity of the floors.

Keep in mind that there are several different types of floor tiles that are currently available at your hardware store. And when it comes to cleaning them, homeowners should know that no two tiles are made precisely the same way. For instance, one may be inclined to mop a rubber tiled floor using a product with a shine element. And while this may look appealing once cleaned, the method could actually cause one to slip and fall if used on glazed ceramic tiles.

Believe it or not, there are specific methods involved in cleaning your floor tiles. And although they may appear to be clean from a distance, one should not be fooled into thinking that regular cleaning of floor tiles is not necessary. They require diligence and regular maintenance, just like any other aspect of the home.

One should bear in mind that dust particles enter the home by traveling on the shoes of someone who enters the home, and this dust can accumulate on tiles just as it would on carpets and other surfaces. Sweeping and mopping are required on a regular basis, and any spills that occur should be cleaned up immediately. The use of a wet-dry vacuum will work wonders for a quick clean, as will absorbent paper towels.

You may also want to think about purchasing a dust mop and rubber broom to extend the life of your tiles. These cleaning tools are known for getting the dust out from the grout between the tiles, yet they are gentle enough to not leave scratches. Damp mopping is also highly recommended, using hot water and perhaps a bit of bleach or your favorite cleaning solution. The hardest stains of tile floors to remove are usually scuff marks left by shoes. In this case, you may need to get down on the floor and use a heavy brush to remove them. This applies to both vinyl and laminated floor tiles.

If you follow a weekly routine of cleaning your tile in one way or another, this will generally allow you to avoid extensive cleaning with more abrasive liquid products in the future. However, if your floor tiles have reached the stage where stubborn stains and a dirty grout build-up have developed, you may need to take further drastic cleaning measures. Either way, it’s important to understand what types of floor tiles are available so that you can properly clean them.

Tile Floors

First, let’s consider ceramic floor tiles. There are two types of ceramic tile floors. They include the glazed tile — which is has more of a shine to it — and the unglazed which has a matte look to it. Glazed tiles tend to stain less easily, yet the high-gloss shine increases one’s chances of falling. On the other hand, unglazed ceramic tiles are more prone to stains, especially if a sealer (or protective coating) is not applied to it. The one thing these tiles both have in common is that they are both installed with the use of grout. Both should be mopped with a combination of water and rubbing alcohol or bleach.

Other types of tiles are made of marble and/or stone, and they should be mopped with a solution of dishwashing soap and water. You can also use fabric softener on these tiles. A water-based wax is recommended for polishing both ceramic and marble floors.

Finally, consider rubber tiles, which only require a small amount of fabric softener and a ½ pail of water to clean. Be sure not to use too much on these types of tiles, as it can cause the adhesive holding the tiles down to come loose.

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