How to Maintain Tile Between Pro Cleanings

Tile floors are quite durable, but that does not mean they require no maintenance to keep them vibrant and beautiful. Regular maintenance will preserve the look of your elegant floors and other tiled surfaces and extend their lifespan between professional cleanings and maintenance visits. Here are some easy tips to keep your tiles at their best.

The Basics:

Always do a thorough sweeping, vacuuming, or wipe-down to remove any dust or debris that may have collected on the surface of your tiles before you apply any form of cleaning product. Use a damp mop weekly on tile floors to reduce the grit that leads to abrasion and visible wear. In high traffic areas, you may need to do this several times a week.

Prevent Damage:

  • Scouring powders can do an excellent job getting a surface clean, but they can also cause a lot of damage. Always spot check in a less visible area before you apply that or any sealant to the whole floor.

  • If your grout joints did not receive sealant shortly after installation, it’s strongly suggested that you have a pro come and refinish your floor effectively. If you did, make sure that you use products advertised as compatible with grout joints when cleaning.

  • Always give your floor a clean water rinse after cleaning to remove any remaining residue of cleaning solution.

  • Use protective pads beneath your heavy furniture, particularly those with narrow pressure points. Using throw rugs in high-traffic areas is also a good idea, they can collect the gritty mess entering in from garages and outside.

  • Finally, cracked, chipped, and otherwise damaged individual tiles should be removed and replaced by a professional contractor. Doing so yourself can lead to additional damage to nearby tiles and add to the expense of the repair.

Do Try:

Eliminate the hazy, chalky look with any all-purpose cleaner that is non-abrasive. Mild acids can also do wonders to clean up that soap reside – think fresh lemon juice (but never use this trick on marble). After cleaning, make sure to rinse thoroughly and finish up by buffing with a soft cloth. No need to get down on your knees, just glide the rag over the floor with your feet. Who says cleaning has to be dull work?

Clean grout is vital for great looking tile floors. Keep it sparkling with a homemade paste of baking soda and water. Rub it in, let it settle overnight and do its business, and then use a nylon brush (avoid damaging metal bristles) to pull out the stains. Repeat as needed. Finish up with a grout sealer to keep new stains from cropping up.

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