Tile floors can last a really long time but only if you take care of them properly. Fortunately, compared to other types of flooring, tile is very low-maintenance. What you need to do to make sure you keep the floor clean and glowing is take care of it regularly and thoroughly! You’ll need warm water, soap or any kind of cleaning product, and a chamois mop or rag. Easy as that!
How often to clean your tile floors
A tile floor should be dry cleaned at least twice a week. Or to get rid of the gritty debris that can dull the finish of the tile floor, you can sweep or vacuum. We recommend wet cleaning or mopping the tile floor in the kitchen every two weeks and in the bathroom once a week. Spot-clean the grout once every two months for optimal results and a sparkling clean place!
Most effective ways to clean tile floors
1. Sweep or vacuum the debris from the floor
To clean your tile floors, you can use a soft-bristled brush, dust mop, or vacuum to remove all dirt. It will also get rid of any dust or other loose items from the tile floor before applying any water or cleaner for the actual process. And don’t forget the corners, where dirt tends to pile up!
2. Determine whether or not the cleaning agent is best suited for your tile
We advise you to not use anything acidic to clean cement tiles, as well as vinegar-based solutions. Use products labelled “safe for stone” on marble, travertine, limestone, and other natural stone tiles, taking care to avoid products containing bleach.
To clean ceramic and porcelain tiles, you can use vinegar-based cleaners, for example. But to prevent damage to any kind of tile, it’s best if you check manufacturers’ instructions first. Try talking to your tile manufacturer and get guidance on stain-specific cleaning. For example, stains from pasta sauce or other greasy food will require a different cleaning method and most probably, a different product form such as grease splatters.
3. Run the mop over the floor in even, gentle strokes.
When you start your cleaning process, make sure you follow a pattern as you move around the room. This way you will reach all places and not get anything missed.
When you rinse out the mop or rag, it is natural for the water to get cloudier. Make sure you are regularly removing the dirty water and refilling it – this way you will avoid leaving grime and filth on the tile.
In case you forgot about that and notice haze after finishing up, here is what you can do! Mix some white vinegar with hot water and run a damp rag over the film to get rid of it. This way you’ll make sure you have perfectly clean tile floors!