Ceramic tiles need to be cleaned frequently to keep them in top condition. Here are a few tips on how to clean your ceramic tile floors:
Ceramic tiles are highly susceptible to dirt. Textured tiles in particular get dirty pretty quickly. Sweeping your tiles regularly loosens the dirt and gets rid of all but the toughest grime. You can use your vacuum cleaner to sweep your tiles. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar since this can easily scratch and dull the tiles. Use an attachment on the vacuum cleaner to suck up loose dirt along tile edges and between the tiles.
Use door mats at home to keep dirt and grime from getting inside the house. Shake the door mats often to loosen the dirt. Less dirt on your tiles not only means less cleaning, but also reduces wear on the tiles.
Ceramic tiles are best damp-mopped using grout and tile cleaners that are recommended by the tile manufacturer. If the tiles are particularly dirty, spot clean your floor using a clean cloth or wet sponge using the recommended tile cleaners.
Scrub your ceramic tiles lightly using a soft brush. An electric polisher/scrubber is ideal for use on textured tiles. Use a mild detergent for cleaning. After the tiles are clean, rinse them thoroughly using clean warm water so as to remove any leftover residue. You can wipe down the tiles using a clean towel to remove any traces of film on the surface.
If you have soft water at your home, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Apply the cleaner to your floor then let it stand for 3-5 minutes. Scrub the tiles lightly using a sponge, rinse well, and your tiles should be sparkling clean.
You can use cleaning products from your local hardware or grocery store to remove hard water deposits, mildew stains, and soap scum from your ceramic tiles. Read the instructions carefully to ensure that the product is the right one for your tile. Rinse well then wipe the tiles down to obtain a sparkling shine.
Dos and Don’ts of Tile Cleaning
- Do clean up any spills as quickly as they happen to avoid staining your grout.
- Do remember that despite the exceptional longevity of ceramic tiles, they are not indestructible and can crack up if excessive force or very heavy loads are placed on them.
- Do take proper precautions when placing heavy objects or moving them on ceramic tile.
- Do cover your table and furniture legs with protectors before placing them on your ceramic tile flooring to avoid scratching it.
- Do remember that if you need to replace some of your ceramic tiles, the new tiles are bound to look different from the older tiles. This should not worry you since with time the new tiles will eventually blend in with the older ones. Try and purchase replacement tiles that are closest to the existing tiles in terms of dye lot and texture.
- Do not use scouring powders, steel wool, or any other abrasives on your tiles since these can easily scratch the finish.
- Do not use ammonia-based cleaners or bleach on your tile. These substances can discolor the grout especially if they are used frequently.
Caulking and Sealing
Once the tiles have been laid and then grouted, ensure that you caulk any areas that are frequently exposed to water. Caulking keeps the tiles looking sprightly and new and prevents subsurface damage that can badly damage the tiles. You can seal your tiles and grout if you deem it necessary. Sealing the tile and grout protects them from dirt stains and spills and thus keeps them looking sparkling. Grout colorants can be used to transform the original grout color and can act as a form of sealant. Non-epoxy grout joints are best treated using a silicone sealer.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your ceramic tile flooring will keep it looking as good as new for many years.
Pucher’s is a family-owned Home Decorating Company located in Cleveland, Ohio. We are a renowned and highly reputable home decorating company serving residents of Berea, Westlake, and North Royalton. We offer a wide variety of products and services to clients such as installation of ceramic and wood flooring, the sale of window treatments such as stylish shades, blind and draperies. Our company’s roots date back more than 85 years when Carl Pucher, the patriarch of the Puchers family, started the Pucher Paint Company. Our unwavering commitment to a strong and unmatched customer service record is our philosophy.