Tile floors are common because of their many benefits. They are durable, versatile, and can brighten up any room. If you want them to look shiny and beautiful, you have to know how to clean your ceramic and porcelain tile floors.
Though tile floors are easy to maintain, the right maintenance can be the difference between dark, dirty, and stained tiles or bright, shiny, and clean ones. Ceramic and porcelain are favorites because they last long and come in a variety of designs, styles, and patterns. Moreover, they also come without the hefty price tag associated with other flooring options.
Dirt and debris can damage your tiles if not removed frequently. You wouldn’t want your beautiful tiles to be damaged because of improper cleaning of skid marks, would you?
Read on to learn how you can keep your porcelain and ceramic tiles clean.
How To Clean Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors
- Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and debris – Everyday dirt and debris must be removed from your tile floors as needed. Some property owners do this every day and others will do it once or twice a week. How often your tile floors will need to be swept depends on your lifestyle and on how dusty your neighborhood is. If your home doesn’t have a lot of dust, you will sweep much less than someone whose home does. High-traffic areas will need more attention.
- Select the right floor mop – Damp mopping your tile floors is an essential part of the cleaning process. Use warm water and a mild detergent (or a white vinegar solution) and a mop. Avoid using a sponge mops on the floor as these push water to settle into the grout lines. It’s also best to change the water often to avoid spreading dirty water over the floor. The best practice is to wipe until the water is no longer dirty when you dip the mop in a bucket or other cleaning containers.
- Spot-clean stains and stuck-on dirt – See stuck-on dirt or grease? You can use the edge of your broom or anything with a sharp edge to lift the stuck-on dirt. For grease or other stains, add drops of the cleaning solution of your choice and leave it to sit for a few minutes. Try lifting the stain with a small, sharp item such as a pocket knife and mop again. The stain should be cleared.
- Look for residue – Sometimes when the wrong cleaning agent is used or the water or mop is dirty, a residue appears when the floor dries. Check your floor after it’s dried and inspect it for residue. You will have to do some more mopping with clean water and a clean mop head. It’s no fun to host dirt and grime in your home.
- Dry floor with a lint-free cloth – After you’ve cleaned your ceramic tile and porcelain tile, go over it with a dry, lint-free cloth. If allowed to air-dry, water-spots can form. This will prevent the floors from looking nice and shiny, which should be the desired appearance.
How To Clean Ceramic & Porcelain Walls In Kitchen & Bathroom
Ceramic and porcelain wall and surface tiles require a few other cleaning methods when compared to cleaning floors. The main method used is dusting and wet wiping. See below for more:
- Use a dry cloth to wipe away dust – This should be done on all flat surfaces to clear the way for wet or damp wiping.
- Use a wet or damp cloth to wipe the walls – Damp cloths are ideal for kitchen surfaces such as countertops and walls. For the bathroom shower walls, wet cloth with running water is best. A damp cloth can be used to wipe countertops in the bathrooms as well.
- Spot-clean for soap-scum, mold, and mildew – Stubborn spots such as mold and mildew can be dealt with by spraying the cleaning solution of your choice on the area 20-30 minutes before you are ready to clean. A harder cloth or scrubbing instrument can then be used to get rid of any leftover spots.
Cleaning Grout Lines
Clean tiles are at times sparkly and amazing to look at but dirty grout lines are not. Grout is what holds the tiles together and it is often neglected during the cleaning process and this is detrimental to your floors. The tiles and grout should be cleaned simultaneously, but sometimes grout lines need special attention. If you see them looking darker and dirty, use the following steps to get them looking amazing once again.
- Make a grout cleaner using baking soda and water – Baking soda is often the answer to a lot of cleaning issues. Grout cleaning is another addition. Simply make a loose paste with the baking soda and water and place it on the grout lines. Leave it on for a few hours, overnight if the stain is very dark.
- Scrub grout – Rehydrate the solution if it dries and uses a grout brush to scrub it until the desired color returns. Use warm water to wipe it away.
When Should You Clean Your Floors?
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are easier to clean than some other popular types of floors, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the same attention. You don’t need fancy floor cleaners or high-tech devices and cleaning tips to keep your tile floors clean. Our flooring experts can provide all the cleaning advice you need when you purchase your tiles from Quality Floors and More.
Give us a call or come see us in person. Our team has the experience needed to guide you to the right flooring option for your property.