Published on February 10th, 2020
When sparkling and clean, your tiled floors can be a real showpiece for your home. Tiled floors are a practical choice that can last a lifetime if you look after them properly. Neglected tile floors start to look grimy and can become hard work to look after.
Here are the biggest mistakes you can make while cleaning your tiles.
01 Not Sweeping Properly
Every tile mopping job needs a thorough sweep beforehand. Not sweeping before you mop means the dirt left behind creates a slushy mess or potentially scratch your floors. Make sure you’re reaching into the corners, as dirt can pile up there. We recommend a microfiber duster to easily pick up dust and hair.
02 Using A Dirty Mop and Dirty Water
This one should go without saying but you could just be spreading dirty water around your floors and creating more mess for yourself!
Keep an eye on how the water looks throughout your clean – it may be that you need to change your water more often or the mop itself may be the issue. A regularly used mop should be getting properly rinsed after each clean and replaced every few months.
03 Too Much Water
One of the biggest mistakes people make is using too much water when cleaning tiles. The grout between the tiles is extremely porous, so when you wash with too much water, the grout soaks up the dirty water. Over time this causes grout lines to look dark and grimy and become difficult to clean.
04 Not Cleaning Regularly
You should be wet cleaning your kitchen and bathroom every two weeks to keep your floors in mint condition. Every few days tile floors should be swept or vacuumed to get rid of the gritty debris that can dull the finish of the tiled floor.
05 Using Vinegar to Clean Marble Tiles
The acid in vinegar can, over time, strip protective sealant from stone tiles, such as marble, dulling them and making them prone to etching. Do your research and clean with a product best suited to your tiles.
The Best Way to Clean Tiles
All these rules have you a little confused? Here’s a simple method.
Combine the cleaning product with warm water.
Use a cleaning product that is neutral in pH (close to 7). Strong alkaline cleaning products may damage grout over time.
Use a chamois or rag mop (a sponge mop often holds too much dirt and water if not squeezed properly). Your mop should be damp, but not dripping.
Mop the floor in an even and gentle motion, ensuring you follow a pattern to reach every area of your floors.
The Best Way to Clean Grout
Grout works wonders – it’s included between our tiles to protect them and provide a water-tight seal.
Your grout is like a drain for your floors, meaning it absorbs dirt, detergent residue and a lot of the grime and oils that occur in rooms like your bathroom and kitchen.
Our Do-It-Yourself method for home grout cleaning can be found here, but below is a rough guide.
Make a Bi-Carb Soda paste from a couple of teaspoons of powder with water.
Put it on the grout, leave it for a few hours.
Give it a scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse.
The above method works well but can’t undo years of dirt build-up in your grout. Professional tile cleaning uses specialised de-greasing solutions and equipment to extract grime and get your grout looking clean and fresh again.
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