How to Effortlessly Keep Your Tile Flooring Clean

Tile flooring can be one of the more challenging hard-surface floors to keep clean due to the grout between the tiles and the way in which grit and sand can build up and dull the surface. In high-traffic areas, such as the hall and kitchen they can be especially hard to maintain a look that is shiny and new. Here are some tips to help keep your tile flooring looking its best.

Vacuum Tiles Regularly

When dirt, grit, and sand are constantly being brought into your home, vacuuming regularly is a great way to remove the build-up of grime that covers your floor. By choosing to vacuum frequently over sweeping the floor, you will pick up more of the residue that accumulates over time. A vacuumcleaner that is designed for tile flooring will work best.

Mop Your Tile Flooring

Avoid using a sponge mop on tile flooring as it can push grit and sand further into the grout. Instead, use a soft microfiber mop head, and dip it in a bucket of hot soapy water. You can add some lemon juice or vinegar for a natural solution, or purchase a cleaner from your local store.

Make sure to refresh the water solution when it looks murky so that the dirty water doesn’t make the surface of your floors look cloudy. If you find that your floor still has a cloudy appearance despite your best efforts, you can spray it with an all-purpose cleaner that is non-abrasive.

It is important to dry the floor with a towel after you have cleaned it. This can be done by placing a towel on the floor and pushing it around with your hands, foot, or even a dry mop head. This will give it a polished look.

Clean Your Grout

Grout is a porous material and can easily absorb dirt, grit, and sand. You can purchase a grout cleaner from the store, try a bleach solution, or mix baking sodaand water as a homemade and cheaper option. Whatever option you choose, it is a good idea to wear gloves and give the cleaner time to sit on the grout before you scrub it off.

Some choose to scrub the grout with a toothbrush or a scrub brush that is not made of metal, as metal will scratch the floor. The grout can air dry and then be followed up with the use of a silicone-based grout sealer to prevent grit and dirt from further being absorbed.

If your grout is really being stubborn, try a cleaner that contains sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, two ingredients that are great at removing stains and grime. These compounds are often found in toilet bowl cleaners and can be a great alternative if you have already tried the other options.
The easy to squeeze spout on a toilet bowl cleaner allows for you to better reach the narrow grout that lies between the tiles on your floor. As these are harsher ingredients you may want to use a mask if you choose to clean your grout in this way, as breathing in too much can be harmful. If the grout does not come clean, itmay be time to replace it.

Keep your tile floors clean with regular vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the build-up of grit and dirt in the grout. All of this maintenance will go a long way in keeping your tile floors looking their best and help make them last for years to come.

Sammy is a keen writer who loves nothing more than spending time with his family and teaching them the ways of the world. He loves writing about any topic related to home life.  He currently runs the blog at Home Clean Expert.

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