Keeping your tile floors clean is often a challenge, especially if you have busy household with tile in high traffic areas. Using these gentle but effective cleaning methods can help you keep your tile surfaces spotlessly clean with less effort.
Keep Your Floors Dry
Water is the leading cause of mold and mildew, and spills that are allowed to remain on the floor can quickly become dusty-looking spots on your tile. Wipe spills up with a paper towel as soon as they happen, and use towels, or a clean, dry mop, to wipe water away in the bathroom for sparkling clean tile surfaces.
Sweep and Mop Often
Sweeping and mopping your tile flooring is the simplest way to remove everyday messes like crumbs and dust bunnies. Avoid using harsh cleaners to mop tile flooring. The glaze, or shiny topcoat, can become damaged by cleaners, leaving your floor looking dingy and stained. Instead of using a household cleaner, opt for a product specifically designed to clean tile floors to avoid damaging the glaze.
Use Gentler Abrasives
For tough messes like soap scum, sprinkle baking soda over the area, and spritz the baking soda with white vinegar. The mixture combines to creates a bubbling cleaner that can easily remove most stains. Although baking soda has scrubbing power, it won’t scratch your tile like more abrasive cleaners.
Deep Clean Regularly
An annual deep cleaning with a steam cleaner removes invisible dirt that you might miss during your regular cleaning routine. Steam cleaning is also chemical free, so you don’t need to worry about damaging your tile. Professional tile cleaning is also an option if you want to make deep cleaning your tile floors super easy.
Remove Mildew and Mold
Removing mildew and mold with bleach is tempting, but bleach can cause grout to break down with regular use. Instead of bleach, opt for gentler ingredients like hydrogen peroxide diluted with water. Scrub the affected areas thoroughly with a stiff-bristled brush after spraying the cleaner onto the surface, and rinse with clean water.
Protect Your Tile
Using throw rugs and area rugs is a simple way to keep your tile clean, and rugs can prevent issues like chipped tile in high traffic areas. Lift the rugs regularly to sweep away dust that may accumulate on the floor. To keep the rugs from slipping, use tile-friendly, nonslip backing.
Use a Dust Mop
For quick cleanup, use a commercial dust mop. The dust mop picks up small particles of dust, pet hair and other lightweight debris that is difficult to pick up with a broom, allowing you to enjoy a cleaner floor without mopping. Opt for a dust mop with a wider head to minimize the time you spend cleaning your floor.