Faux or ceramic tile flooring is a preferred choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas in the home which are most likely to get wet. Durability is one of the biggest advantages of tile flooring but stained grout can ruin the entire look of your flooring. Follow our recommendations on cleaning your tile floors to preserve them looking their best.
First of all, it’s important to sweep floors regularly. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to remove dirt and food crumbs. Sweep or vacuum your flooring every time before you start cleaning or mopping, as moisture can turn loose dust and particles into grime on the tiles.
After the floor is swept, use a soft mop to mop floor with clear warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap (or with just clear water for every day shine). Be sure to change the water when it gets cloudy. Too much soap or dirty water will make floors dull or sticky.
When you are finished, allow the floor to air dry or use a dry mop or clean towel to dry the entire floor.
A deep cleaning solution includes a mixture of warm water and white vinegar. Use this solution to mop your tile floors before you apply the water-detergent solution. Remember to wipe the floor clean with just warm water to remove residual soap. Avoid using vinegar for cleaning marble flooring.
If you happen to spill something sticky on the floor, try to clean it as soon as possible. Do not rub, just blot as much of the liquid as you can before it soaks into the grout. Treat tough spills with disinfectant.
For best results, you can wash the floor by hand, cleaning and drying small areas at a time.
A trick for cleaning small sections of stained grout is using a pencil eraser. Use a white or pink eraser. For brightening dirtier grout use a paste of baking soda and water.