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Expert Tile Cleaning Tips: Effective Maintenance Guide

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Tips on Tile Cleaning

Tile surfaces can make up the largest area of space in a home, and all those tile floors don’t make for an easy cleaning process, especially if you have several different types of tile floors or surfaces.  Whether in the bathroom, kitchen, or other locations in the house, tile cleaning takes a fair amount of effort.

Although it may not be fun, there are ways to keep your tile looking great with just a little bit of regular maintenance, and there are some tile cleaning tips that may help you when it comes time to give your tile surfaces a more thorough cleaning.

Important Rules to Remember

Regardless of your current tile cleaning routines, you can stay ahead of the game if you can keep two key things in mind as you move forward with your tile care.  These two points can be applied for the maintenance of tile surfaces made of any material.

Clean Spills Quickly

First, never allow spills to set on any tile surface for any extended amount of time.  Many spills contain substances that can easily cause staining or other damage to your tile, and it can happen faster than you may realize.  To combat this, make a practice of cleaning any spills, no matter how small, as close to the moment they occur as you can.  

To easily practice this step, store a few clean microfiber cloths in convenient locations around the house, so you can quickly grab one in the event of a spill.  Also, try to stay on top of tracked in dirt near the door or rain water that may have crept in to rest on your tile surfaces.  

A clean cloth in close proximity to the entrances of your home and a good mat can work wonders to keep outside agents from damaging your floors, and you can even start a practice of removing your shoes when you suspect you may be tracking in extra dirt.

Practicing a quick cleanup is the first cardinal rule of tile cleaning, and it will go far in helping you maintain the overall condition of your tile surfaces; it may be the most important action you can take.

Avoid Harsh Cleaning Products

The second rule surrounds one of the most efficient ways to damage the tile surfaces in your home: conducting your tile cleaning with furious scrubbing and cleaning products that contain strong or harsh chemicals.  It is very easy to avoid working on your tile until the job becomes so big and surfaces become so dirty that you feel it will be impossible to clean them without a lot of help from your cleaning products, a process that drains your energy at the same time.

However, the damage caused by harsh products can cause permanent damage and may lead to ugly tile and costly repairs.  If your floors haven’t already become stained or damaged, you shouldn’t feel persuaded to use these chemicals to do your cleaning, and a regular maintenance routine will save you from ever having to use them in the future while also saving you hours of back breaking work.

Some of the following tips should help you in the regular maintenance of your tile surfaces and demystify the art of tile cleaning.  You may find out it is not as hard as you think to keep your tile looking great.

Tile Cleaning Guide to Regular Maintenance

Dusting Tile Surfaces

In most instances, you can use this guide to regular maintenance on any tile surface in your home.  Essentially, all that should be involved in your routine care is removing the thin layer of dust or dirt that has accumulated since your last cleaning in some fashion and then cleaning tile surfaces with a soft, damp cloth or mop.

For removing built up dust or dirt on most tile surfaces, a dusting with a soft microfiber cloth should be perfectly fine for the job.  For tile floors, a dusting mop that is equally soft will be necessary to dust the larger surfaces, and you should choose a high quality mop that won’t scratch or otherwise damage your floors.

To make regular dusting even easier, some find that a mop that includes a washable head can help cut down costs on the cost of buying one time use cleaning products.  There are several quality mops on the market that are washable and will last you much longer before they need to be replaced.

As a note, some floors can be perfectly dusted with a bare floor vacuum, but those with tile surfaces that are a bit softer such as natural stone should be wary of using a vacuum to do the job.  When in doubt, the best tools for dusting are a simple mop or microfiber cloth.

Mopping Tile

Once you have successfully dusted your tile surfaces, it is time to move on to the next step in routine tile cleaning.  You may doubt that using a slightly damp mop to clean tile surfaces is really all that is necessary, but a little water to dampen your mop is actually the best way to clean tile.

Not only does this step help you avoid using harsh cleaning products that can be harmful to humans and pets in your home, it also keeps those chemicals away from the tile surfaces which they can easily damage.  If you can keep up with regular maintenance, you will be amazed at the difference that a once over with a damp mop can do for the appearance of your tile.

Conclusions on Tile Cleaning

As you can see, the practice of maintaining your tile is actually incredibly simple.  Further, once you have gotten used to a regular maintenance routine, the time you spend keeping up with your cleaning will likely decrease over time, as you become more familiar with the process and your floors require less work to keep them tidy.  

Unless floors and surfaces are otherwise damaged, tile cleaning should only require a simple surface dusting, basic cleaning with a slightly damp mop and quick attention to any spills or tracked dirt.



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