Now is the time for spring cleaning—including tile surfaces. But before you jump to your standard cleaning routine, it’s important to note that different methods should be used on different types of tile.
Cleaning Porcelain And Ceramic Tile
Start by removing debris using a broom or vacuum. Don’t forget that corrosive chemical cleaners containing bleach, ammonia, or acids can erode porcelain and ceramic tile and should be avoided. Corrosive chemicals can also damage grout, so steer clear of those, too.
Warm water and a mop does wonders. And for tile that is a little too dirty for warm water alone, try adding a little detergent to your bucket. Be sure to follow instructions on the bottle when using a concentrated cleaning solution. When finished, go over your floors again with warm water only to remove any leftover residue.
For wall tiles, you can follow the same steps above using a soft microfiber cloth.
If you notice your tile looks a little foggy after using a household cleaner, there could be some soap or residue left behind. Apply a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner using a mop or soft towel to remove it.
Cleaning Polished Tile
Prepared polished tile for cleaning by sweeping, mopping, or wiping down with a microfiber cloth.
Choose a mop that won’t leave behind streaks. Chamois style mops tend to work better on polished tile than fabric or string mops. Again, mop using warm water or gentle cleaning detergent. However, make sure to dry glossy tiles quickly so you can buff them afterward using a soft, microfiber towel. This final step is crucial for making polished tile shine.
Cleaning Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone tiles like marble, slate, or granite can be easily damaged if the right products aren’t used so be sure to give them a little extra TLC.
Avoid harsh chemicals, lemon, vinegar, and abrasive cleaners or tools. Use only specialty cleaning solutions designed for natural stone tile. Mild detergent may be ok as long as it doesn’t contain acidic properties and is PH-neutral.
For natural stone tile, stick to specialty cleaners for your specific material and enlist the help of a professional tile cleaning company.
Over time, porous grout surfaces absorb dirt and become breeding grounds for mold. First, remember to protect grout by having its seal restored by a professional tile and grout cleaner. This fortifies grout from stains and the growth of harmful mold.
You can also try using a simple cleaning solution made of one part water to two parts baking soda. Rub the paste onto your grout, let it sit overnight, then scrub it off using a cleaning brush.
Tile Cleaning In Waipio, Hawaii
Routine cleaning on a daily and weekly basis can help keep your tile and grout in good shape. But keep in mind that a professional tile cleaning is necessary to remove deep dirt, mold, dust, and to make your tile surfaces really shine.