Tiled flooring is a stylish choice for any room of the home, and a practical choice in spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens where the possibility of water damage deters many people from fitting carpets.
While tiles look great, they need to be kept clean to keep them looking their best in the long term. Dirt can build up in the grout leading to the growth of unhygienic bacteria while sticky residue covering tiles can significantly reduce their natural beauty.
The good news is that it isn’t so difficult to make sure your tiled flooring maintains its flawless appearance, so if you’re ready toon your tiles, follow these simple tips and keep your home looking perfect.
Regular Sweeping – A Must
The first step to ensuring your tiled flooring stays looking good is to carry out regular sweeping or vacuuming. This will prevent the tiles from looking dull since while tiles are relatively resistant to grime and dirt, grit and sand can easily dull their glazed surface. If using a vacuum cleaner, make sure that you are using a model which is suitable for use on hard flooring.
Avoid The Sponge Mop
Although sponge mops may seem like the obvious choice for getting your tiled floors clean, this is not actually the case. Sponge mops push the dirty water into the grout lines making them much more difficult to clean, so use a chamois-style mop or rag instead. A mild household detergent is a good choice for keeping yourclean, but remember that you’ll have to frequently change the water as you mop since when the water is dirty the floor begins to look cloudy.
If you’ve cleaned your tiles but they’re still looking cloudy and hazy, the problem could be soapy residue on their surface. You can remove this film using an all-purpose non-abrasive cleaning product. Alternatively, if you’d rather stick to natural methods you can try a mild form of acid like lemon juice if you have ceramic tiles (although you should never do this if you have marble tiles). Rinse away the cleaner or lemon juice using clean water and then use a lint-free clean cloth to buff the tiles dry. If you want to protect your knees, there’s no need to actually kneel on the floor to do this since you can achieve the same effect by pushing the cloth with your foot across the floor!
Beautifully Clean Grout
There’s no point in having beautifully clean tiles if the grout between them is still filthy. If you can get the grout clean your floor will look a million times better. The problem is that grout is a porous substance, absorbing stains and grease. While you could use a commercial cleaning product, you’ll actually achieve a better effect if you make your own cleaning paste using water and baking soda. Simply apply it liberally to the stained grout, allow it rest overnight and then, using a nylon stiff brush (don’t use a metal one since this could damage your grout), scrub the area the next morning until the stains are gone. If the grout is very stained you will probably need to repeat this procedure. Once it looks clean again, apply a sealer with a silicone base onto the grout as this will repel any future staining.
One of the most efficient and effective ways to keep your tiled floors looking their best is to use a steam cleaner. Designed to take all of the hard work out of cleaning hard floor surfaces, a high quality steam mop will effortlessly keep your floors looking good in the long term. The high temperature of the steam will lift away even tough and hardened on dirt and grime without leaving the floors wet and slippery.
Follow these top tips and you’ll find that yourlooks better than you’d ever imagined!