Cleaning tiles on a regular basis makes it easy to prevent dullness. Although floor tiles can resist dirt, they tend to lose their shine when exposed to grit and sand. Fortunately, the surfaces can be easily cleaned using clean water, chamois-type mop or rag and mild detergent. A sponge mop does not achieve the same level of shine and spotless finish like the chamois-type mop. The sponge variant tends to drive dirty water into grout lines. For best results, make an effort to change water as you go. This is a sure-fire way to avoid dulling the floor.
Tiles – The Smart Choice for Flooring
It comes as no surprise that many homeowners opt for tiles, they are durable, easy to clean, waterproof, available in an array of styles and are easy to install. They provide many advantages when compared to carpet and hardwood floors, which require maintenance. However, it is imperative to avoid using excessively strong chemicals for cleaning tiles. The chemicals can stain or degrade their shine. In addition, it’s best to avoid going for extended periods without cleaning the floor. Too much dirt makes it difficult to clean.
Sweep and Vacuum First
Sweep and vacuum the entire floor before cleaning with chemical solutions, water and mops. However, avoid the use of ammonia because it discolours the grout while acids have the capacity to damage it. On the other hand, unglazed tiles require the use of concentrated tile cleaners to ensure optimal results. Opt for cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe routine application. Concentrated tile cleaners are ideal for the task because they are more effective at removing normal spills, including oils and grease from unglazed tiles.
Removing Residue from Tiles
In some cases, the floor surface can look hazy due to soapy residue. Fortunately, you can deal with the film using a nonabrasive all cleaner. Alternatively, opt for fresh lemon juice if your floor has ceramic tiles. This solution is ineffective when cleaning marble floors. Upon completion, use clean water to rinse the floor thoroughly before drying it with a mop or a clean lint-free cloth.
Keeping the grout sparkling clean
Keeping grout clean is vital to for keeping the tile floor looking great. Grout tends to absorb different types of stains because it is porous. Avoid harsh chemicals to maintain a clean looking grout. Use mild commercial cleaners or a paste of baking soda as well water. Depending on how much dirty is stuck on the grout, you may want to soak the surface overnight to achieve best results.
In the morning, you can simply scrub off the stain with nylon brush or cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is completely cleared. While some will recommend applying a silicone base sealer, Andrew’s Carpets does not recommend using such sealers.
Although regular cleaning helps tiles stay in great condition, it is recommended that you bring in a professional floor and tile cleaner a couple of times every year. Professional cleaners use the latest equipment to ensure a deep grout clean. Our Perth Tile & Grout Cleaning service is second to none. We use high powered equipment that can restore your tiles to close to their original colour. If you are in the Perth’s northern or southern suburbs, contact us today for a free quote.