Keep your tile floor looking like new with this tutorial on how to clean tile floor and a great, easy recipe for a natural cleaning solution!
Cleaning. That word all on it’s own puts a pit in my stomach and a bad taste in my mouth. I hate putting time into cleaning on my quickly vanishing weekends… So I prefer that any cleaning that absolutely needs to be done – be done quickly and with little effort. That being said, cleaning tile can be a daunting task, but really should be little effort & done before you know it. Since most ceramic and porcelain tile are finished with a durable and impenetrable surface glaze, the flooring is incredibly forgiving and easy to clean. Water, dirt, liquids, and germs all come up easily since they cannot be absorbed into the dense tile.
It really helps to develop some sort of routine and frequency so that excessive buildup does not occur, which would make the task next to impossible.
Sweep your floor surface areas routinely to remove light dirt and debris.
Clean your tile floor using an all purpose, low VOC household cleaner and the use of a cotton mop, cloth, or sponge.
If all purpose solutions concern you, there are definitely alternative cleaning methods that you can do & (thanks to the help of pinterest) many of these methods have become widely popular and are available at our fingertips. The good news is you do not need to use a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean these durable tiles. This may be particularly important to you if you have a family, an allergy, or just prefer a more natural solution.
If Family Friendly or Natural Cleaning is right up your alley, a white vinegar and water mixture might interest you. Vinegar helps to clean deep, and since it’s “edible” it is safe for children and the smell dissipates almost instantly. Vinegar will not cause any damage to the tile’s surface or leave any residue behind.
Roughly 1 gallon of water to ½ cup white vinegar should be fine for a stronger natural cleaning agent. Use ¼ cup if you’d rather a lesser strength.
Another great option is always the steam mop. The only requirement here is water – and the ‘mop’ does the rest. Personally, I am not a standard mop and bucket of water kind of girl. I am in love with my steam mop and I will never go back to the traditional way. The steam mop is easy to push around and control while getting the floor as clean as possible.
There are many great ways to clean a ceramic or porcelain tile flooring. And there are a few important things you should remember when it comes to caring for your tile:
- Never, ever use a metallic brush on any tile surface as it could scratch and ruin the beautiful pattern.
- Do not use wax, oil-based, abrasive cleaners, or sealants.
- Use rugs at entrances to prevent dirt and grit from being tracked onto the tile flooring from outdoors.
Tiles are scratch resistant but not scratch proof.