There are different materials you can use for your home flooring. For those with the money to spend; engineered wood, bamboo and stone are highly expensive options but are eco-friendly and durable. But for most home owners, tile is the more popular choice because it is strong, durable and easy to install and clean. Best of all is that tile is very affordable. Tiles can be made of ceramic, porcelain or floating wood.
Here are a few other benefits of using tile flooring:
- Promotes better indoor air quality.
- Made of recyclable material.
- High degree of availability
- Large variety of designs and options.
Given all of its benefits, it should be no surprise that tile is the primary choice of homes, offices and commercial establishments.
Even though tile is easy to clean, if stains and dirt are left unattended, it can affect the quality and look of your flooring. You can keep your floor tiles in tip-top shape with a few easy cleaning procedures:
1. Clean tiles as frequently as possible
Make it a point to sweep, mop or vacuum your tiles at least once a day. If you don’t clean the tiles frequently, dirt, dust can accumulate and in combination with moisture can result in grime build up in the grouting. It is especially important to keep the tiles in the kitchen clean because drippings from raw food material carry dangerous bacteria that can contaminate other areas in the home.
Remember to sweep or vacuum the floor before mopping it. Sweeping and vacuuming help dislodge stubborn dirt and dust; then run a dry cloth duster or dust mop throughout the flooring. For raw food drippings or pet urine, dry the area with cloth or paper towels. Mop the area with warm water then dry again with absorbent cloth. Finally, spray with anti-bacterial or disinfectant.
Tip: Mopping your floor tiles with warm water once a week will maintain the shiny, clean look of your tiles.
2. Use a home-based solution
An effective way to shine and deep cleanse your tile floor would be to use a solution of a gallon of warm water and ½ cup vinegar. After you’ve swept or vacuumed the floor, mop the area with the warm water and vinegar solution. If your floors don’t look as shiny and new as you want, proceed to mop using a solution of warm water and detergent.
Whether you use the water and vinegar solution or the water and detergent solution, always make sure to mop the floor with warm water afterward. Excess detergent can build up and set ideal conditions for dirt, mildew growth and grime accumulation.
3. Apply home-based paste on stains
If a spill is left unattended for some time it may lead to harsh stains on your floor tile. You can remove stubborn stains by applying a paste made of equal parts scouring powder and warm water.
Apply then rub the paste on the stained area using a clean piece of cloth and leave for 10 minutes. Using a soft brush, remove the paste then wash the area with warm water and dry with absorbent cloth. Repeat if stain is not completely removed. Similar to detergent, make sure excess paste is taken off your floor tiles.
4. Kill mildew growth with ammonia
Mildew growth is not just unpleasant to look at; if allowed to cultivate, it could have serious repercussions on your health. Places with a high degree of moisture present the ideal conditions for mildew growth and in the house these areas are the kitchen and the bathroom.
It should be standard procedure to air-out bathrooms after use or install an exhaust to keep the moisture level low. Floors should also be kept dry with towels or hypoallergenic matting. If there are signs of mildew growth, you should move to eliminate it before it extends its area of coverage. A solution of equal parts warm water and ammonia should do the job.
Scrub the floor with the ammonia solution. Make sure you are wearing rubber gloves when using ammonia. Once the mildew has been effectively removed, wash the area with warm water and wipe dry.
5. Cleaning the grout
Grouting presents problems with tiles because this is where dirt and dust accumulate then harden because of moisture. Here are two techniques to keep your grouting clean.
First use the eraser head of a number 2 pencil to remove stubborn dirt from the grout. Then apply paste made of equal parts warm water and baking soda. If the stain is stubborn, leave the paste on for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing it using an old soft toothbrush. Once the trout is shiny and clean, remove excess baking soda with warm water then pat dry.
While tiles are easy to clean, it is very important to clean them regularly. The best time to clean kitchen tiles would be after dinner. Bathroom tiles can be maintained simply by implementing procedures to lessen moisture.
Make it everyone’s responsibility to keep the tiles clean. If you love your home and care for everyone who lives under its roof, any task should be worth the minimal time and effort.