How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors
As the specialists in flooring in Coolum and tiles in Coolum , we see from first-hand experience how popular ceramic tile floors are. They are durable, however like all floors, they require care and cleaning. In this piece we discuss how to clean ceramic tile floors.
The Usual Routine
Sweep or vacuum your tile floors every few days. Sand and grit will dull and scratch the surface if left for too long. Once the dirt has been removed, you’re ready to mop. Mix a mild detergent with hot water, using a rag or chamois mop instead of a sponge mop to avoid pushing dirty water into the grout. Change the bucket of cleaning solution often to avoid a dirty mop that leaves a cloudy film of dirt on the floor. If you do end up with a hazy film you can remove it with an all-purpose cleaner, but be sure it’s non-abrasive so it won’t scratch your floor. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing lemon juice or vinegar with hot water. Apply it to the floor and then buff dry with a clean cloth.
One of the most important things in knowing how to clean tile floors is keeping the grout clean. Grout is porous and easily absorbs dirt and grease. Spray the grout with a grout cleaner. You can also use a mild bleach solution. It’s a good idea to wear gloves when using these types of products. For deep stains, allow the cleaner to sit for 10 minutes. Use a toothbrush or other small scrub brush to scrub the grout.
When you have stubborn grout stains, mix a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to the stain, let it sit overnight and then scrub with a nylon brush. Don’t use a metal brush as it will scratch the tile. Let the grout air dry, then put on a silicone-based grout sealer to resist future stains and dirt.
For ceramic tiles that have been stained, use hot water and detergent for coffee, tea or juice, then blot with hydrogen peroxide. When you have grease stains, wash with soda water or a commercial floor cleaner. If you have ink stains, soak a cloth in diluted bleach and lay it on top of the stain. Leave the cloth until the stain is gone. Rinse thoroughly when done.
Knowing how to clean ceramic tile floors properly will keep them looking lovely and help them last for years.