Ceramic tile floors are a popular choice for flooring. They look great in your kitchen or bathroom. Ceramic tiles are also long-lasting and simple to maintain. While ceramic tiles are typically low-maintenance, they still need care and cleaning to keep them looking their best.
We listed here five smart and easy tips to clean and care for your ceramic tile floors.
1. Skip the sponge mop
When mopping your ceramic tile floors, it’s best to use a rag or chamois mop instead of a sponge mop. A sponge mop tends to push the dirty water into the grout, causing mold. When you notice that your bucket water is already dirty, change it. Even with cleaning solutions, wiping dirty water leaves a cloud film of dirt once the floor is dry.
2. Use mild cleaners
It’s best to use mild cleaners on your ceramic tile floors so they can keep their shine longer. You can make your own cleaner with lemon juice or vinegar mixed with hot water. Use a clean cloth to apply it to the floor and then buff it dry. This is also a great way to restore the shine of cloudy tile surfaces.
You can also use a mild detergent with hot water and apply it to the floor. You can use a chamois mop or use your foot to push around a rag on the floor.
3. Clean the grout
Floors with filthy grout are unattractive. Grout is porous, so it easily absorbs grime, dirt, and other greasy substances. You can use a commercially available grout cleaner or a mild bleach solution.
If you’re looking for a more natural alternative, you can make a baking soda paste. Simply mix baking soda and water until it turns into a thick consistency. Apply it directly to the grout and let it sit overnight. The following day, scrub the grout clean. Avoid using a metal brush or any abrasive scrubber, as it may scratch the ceramic tiles.
When cleaning grout, make sure to use gloves. There is also a silicone-based gout sealer available that you can use to keep your grout clean.
4. Clean stains
First, clean the tile with hot water and detergent. For tough stains, you can blot 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on the area. For mild stains, you can spray them with a vinegar solution. Simply mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. For tough greasy stains, you can wash the surface with club soda and water. Always wash your ceramic tiles thoroughly afterwards.
5. Sweep regularly
Sweeping will keep your tiled floor away from dust and debris. Use a soft broom and a dustpan. You can also vacuum to clean your ceramic tiles.
Keeping your ceramic tile floors clean and shiny will go a long way in making them last. You can check our 6 home cleaning hacks for more tips on maintaining a clean and comfy house.