Cleaning Tile Floors The Easy Way

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Tile floors are arguably much easier to clean than hardwoods or carpets, but with that said, you still want to be sure you clean them properly. This article will focus on cleaning tile floors that is both fast and effective.

One of the most important points to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning tile floors is to avoid using harsh chemicals if at all possible. They can eat away at the tile surface and damage the finish. In most cases a mop and water is all that you’ll need for the job.

Cleaning Tools

Naturally, you will need to have the right cleaning supplies to get started. A broom, dustpan, mop and a bucket are all you need to begin with. The type of mop you need will depend on the type of tile you have.

Ceramic tile will need cotton mop or one with strips. Those sponge type mops will not clean down into the grout. For vinyl or linoleum floors a sponge mop will work out fine.

Cleaning Tile Floors

Sweep you floors often to keep dirt and other debris to a minimum. Just by doing this on a regular basis will go a long way in keeping the floor clean for a longer period of time. And who wants to spend more time than necessary scrubbing floors anyway?

Next, simply use a bucket of water and a damp mop to clean the floors. You’ll be surprised at how well water alone will work. I know many of you are thinking that a damp mop will never work, but try it and see. Of course, for heavy spills or a dropped turkey on the floor, you may need to use something like Lysol mixed in your water.

As you begin to see your bucket of water getting dirty, change it out and fill it back up. It’s much easier to use this method once a week than it is to have to scrub floors on your hands and knees.

Maintenance Tips

If you have a spill, be sure to immediately clean it up. Leaving mud on the floor or other types of spills will create permanent stains. How often have you seen floor tile around someone’s door that has discolored and become stained over time? It’s a frequent site that doesn’t have to happen to you if you keep the floors clean as they get tracked on or spilled on.

Use a floor mat around entrances. This tip alone can save you a ton of work down the road. Floor mats will eliminate 90% of the dirt and other stuff being tracked in. Be sure to clean the floor mats every month in order to keep them effective. A dirty floor mat will not do a lot of good.

David Parker