Tile floors are a great addition to any home. This kind of flooring is a great option for moisture-prone areas. Often found in bathrooms and kitchens—both high traffic areas—tile needs some special care and attention. With a few foundational tips and tricks, you will help your tile floors last for a lifetime. Tile is a naturally durable material, and provides a wide variety of aesthetic options. To keep your floors looking nice and clean, we’re going to how over how to clean tile floors the right way. When we look at how to clean tile floors, it’s not much different than other materials. So, let’s dive in,
Clean Up Loose Debris Regularly
As with any other floor, you want to pick up any trash or debris and vacuum thoroughly. For general maintenance, you’ll want to sweep first. Sweeping with a broom and dustpan will allow you to get up bigger particles and debris that the vacuum may miss. Once you’ve swept well, use the vacuum to get up any remaining dust and dirt. Make sure to turn off the vacuum roller when you’re cleaning tile to avoid debris kickback. The combination of sweeping and vacuuming on a weekly basis ensures that your tile will last for years to come. Otherwise, dirt and grime build up over time.
Make A Homemade Cleaner For Tile
At Autry Plumbing, not only do we want you to have properly functioning plumbing, but we want you to be happy and healthy. One of the best ways to make sure your floors are clean and germ-free is to make a safe homemade cleaner.
1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
Mixing And Cleaning Instructions
Take the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap and mix them in a spray bottle or mop bucket. When your ingredients are mixed well, use a brush to scrub the grout and tile thoroughly. Once all the stain is up, mop it away. Pro tip: for best results, we suggest allowing the solution to soak into the grout and tile for twenty minutes after application. This lets the hydrogen peroxide utilize its natural bleaching power.
How To Clean Tile Grout
Cleaning grout is difficult sometimes. Grout isn’t non-porous like tile, so it takes time to clean it properly. The small spaces between the grains of grout make it susceptible to staining. One of the best cleaners for grout is baking soda and water. Simply make a paste with a little bit of water and some baking soda, and scrub it into the grout with a soft brush. Allow this to sit overnight before rinsing. The baking soda acts as a mild polisher and is excellent at removing stains.
If you’d rather use a liquid to clean your grout, hydrogen peroxide is excellent at bleaching grout. It kills mold and mildew fast and is sure to leave your tile grout just like new!
Need Some Plumbing Help?
You may have the cleaning down pat, but what about plumbing? When it comes to your home, don’t take any chances. At Autry Plumbing, we pride ourselves on providing excellence plumbing service in Western North Carolina. Give us a call today to get on the schedule for a consultation!