How To Clean Tile Floors
Tile floors are a timeless flooring option for rooms that are often faced with spills, accidents, and moisture. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms usually have tile floors. Tile is a durable, stain-resistant, and aesthetic choice for any home. Since tile is often in traffic-heavy parts of the home, you may wonder how to clean tile floors. In this post, we’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know about cleaning tile floors.
How To Clean Tile Floors
Clean Up Debris
First on your tile cleaning list: clean up dirt, dust, and debris. You need to sweep and vacuum your tile floors at least twice per week, depending on traffic. If it’s a high-traffic area, you may want to increase frequency. Without regular sweeping and vacuuming, you risk a build-up of grime and sand in the tile grout.
We always suggest a combination of sweeping and vacuuming to ensure the best results. When you sweep and vacuum, you will get up both large and small-sized debris. If you allow things like sand to accumulate, you risk scratching the tile.
Make A Homemade Cleaner
At CitruSolution Asheville, we are supporters of natural cleaning solutions. Skip the bleach and harsh chemicals. Instead, here’s a recipe for a great homemade tile cleaner.
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon of dish soap
Instructions For Mixture And Cleaning
Take all the ingredients and mix them in a spray bottle or bucket. Once you have your mixture, grab a bristle hand brush and chamois mop. Once you spray or mop the solution across the floor, let it soak in for at least 10 to 15 minutes. After soaking, scrub the grout with the bristle brush and mop the tile again. Fill a bucket with clean water and use the mop to rinse the tile.
How To Clean Grout
Cleaning grout is tricky sometimes. Since grout isn’t the same material as tile, it is porous. This means grout is susceptible to absorbing stains like grease, ink, blood, and more. If your homemade cleaning solution doesn’t work, we’ve got a couple more tricks up our sleeve. First, make a thick paste composed of baking soda and water. Spread the paste on all the grout with stains and let it sit for as long as you’d like—24 to 48 hours is best. After it has sat for a couple of days, scrub it with the bristle brush.
Also, in place of bleach, you can use hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from grout. Simply spray the hydrogen peroxide on the difficult areas along the grout line and let sit. After about 30 minutes, scrub with the bristle brush and repeat as needed.