One of the basic tile floors that can be found in our homes is the porcelain and ceramic tile floor. Often, we see them in the bathrooms and kitchen. What makes these types of floors a preferred choice by homeowners is that they require less special care compared to slate, limestone, and granite. Here is the process of cleaning ceramic and porcelain tile floors and the ways to maintain them:
1. Wipe any spills: When something is spilled on your floor, clean it up promptly. Sitting spills will become harder to remove later, especially when they are soaked and deposited into the tile grouts.
2. Remove Residual Debris: To keep your ceramic and porcelain tile floors from getting drab and dreary, or in other words, dull, you must make it a point to sweep or vacuum it daily. Remember, these tiles are resistant to dirt, but the glazed surface may become dull due to grit and sand.
3. Picking the Best Mop: A sponge mop isn’t an ideal map for these types of floor. Sponge mops have the capacity to set soiled water into the grout lines. These areas will be harder to clean later. The best mop for this is rag & chamois-style. Soak this mop into a solution of mild detergent and clean water and off you go, you can clean the floor with this. Just remember though that you need to replace the water every now and then as you clean to prevent dirty water from causing a dirty floor.
4. Scrutinize for Tile Stains: Tile stains can be caused by a different substance. Look for tile stains and determine what caused it. Lucky for you, we have a possible remedy and right cleaner for each of the tile stains. For example, grease stains can be eliminated with the use of club soda and water. You can also use a commercial floor cleaner. Another is stained from coffee, tea, or juice. These can be removed with the use of hot water and detergent.
5. Remove the Soap Residue: Cleaning our tile floors can leave some residue on the surface. These make the tile floors look hazy. To get rid of this haziness, you need to wash the floor with non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner or mild acids such as lemon juice.
6. Dry the Tiles: After cleaning everything, including removing some residue, it’s time for you to manually dry your tiles. Never let the floor dry itself as it may cause the formation of water spots. After all, we want glazy and shiny tiles, right? To dry our tile floor, get a clean, lint-free cloth right away and scrub it unto the surface of your tile floor.