How to clean tile floors

Tile flooring is a excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of your home. With the proper care, tile flooring can look like new for years! Below you will find tips for basic tile flooring care, deep cleaning techniques, and how to clean stained grout. These techniques can also be used for both ceramic and faux tile flooring.

Basic cleaning
1.Sweep or vacuum the floor daily. This removes loose dirt, food crumbs and other pieces of debris that can accumulate on tile floors.
2.Mop the floor with warm water. Cleanse the mop in fresh water after mopping one section of the room, and repeat until the entire floor is mopped.
3.Dry the floor. Use a dry mop or towel over the floor when you’re finished mopping. This will prevent new dirt from quickly accumulating and staining the grout.
4.Clean up spills immediately. If you drop a glass of juice, food, or even water clean it up right away! The longer it sits, the more time it will have to soak into the grout.

Deep cleaning
1.Mop the floor with warm water and a vinegar solution. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with a gallon of water and mop. If the floor still doesn’t look as clean as you would like, mop the floor again using fresh water and detergent.
2.Rinse the floor with clean warm water after you are done mopping. It is important to remove all soap residue from the tiles so it doesn’t remain on the floor to attract and hold dirt. *NOTE- do not use vinegar or chemicals on marble flooring.
3.Dry the floor. (See above)
4.Remove stains. If a spill is left to sit it can result in a stain on your tile floor. Make a paste to spot clean the area.
•Prepare a paste using a 50/50 mixture of scouring powder and warm water.
•Rub the paste on the stain using a clean cloth, and then allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes.
•Scrub the area with a soft brush, then wash the area with warm water and a cloth to remove all remains of the paste.
5.Clean mildew. Tile floors especially in bathrooms tend to get mildew from time to time. The best prevention method is to air out the room after you’ve showered and keep the floors dry. If mildew does accumulate an ammonia solution should take care of the issue.
•Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands and make sure the room is well ventilated.
•Prepare a 50/50 solution of water and ammonia.
•Scrub the area using a soft brush and the ammonia solution.
•Rinse the floor with clean water after the mildew is gone and dry.

Grout cleaning
1.Use baking soda.
•Make a paste with baking soda and water.
•Apply it to the dirty grout using an old toothbrush. Scrub the paste into the grout well.
•Wash the grout with warm water and dry.
•For tougher stains allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before you start scrubbing.
2.Use bleach. If natural methods don’t work, try using a bleach solution.
•Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands.
•Mix a 75/25 solution of bleach and water if your grout is white.
*NOTE- If the grout is colored, you will have to use plain water. Do not use bleach on colored grout as it may remove the coloring.
•Use a toothbrush or the edge of a sponge to clean the grout with the solution. Be very careful not to get the bleach solution on the tiles.
•Rinse the floor with warm water after you are done to remove all traces of bleach and dry.
•After the floor is completely dry, carefully apply a coat of grout sealer to the grout between the tiles, to prevent it from absorbing dirt in the future.

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