When taken care of, ceramic or porcelain tile can last up to 50 years. Keeping tile clean is pretty straightforward.
Dirt and grime sit at the top, so it's easy to see. Usually, all it takes to get rid of the grime is warm water, soap, and a mop or rag.
Different tiles, such as terracotta bricks and stone, have additional requirements. Read on to learn more.
Floor tile should be dry-mopped or vacuumed at least twice a week. Get into corners and, if possible, under appliances where dirt and grime "hide."
Wet mopping should occur once a week for the bath, every other week for the kitchen, and every 2 or 3 months for grout. You may decide to adjust that depending on your circumstances.
About wet mopping
Almost any cleaner is fine, whether dish soap, white vinegar, or all-purpose. Best to use a chamois mop or rag and change the water frequently.
Do you have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask the professionals at the tile shop.
As for grout
Anyone who's ever cleaned grout knows how difficult it can be. So don't let it get ahead of you!
You can use a grout cleaner or a bleach solution. If you have questions, seek the advice of the tile retailer.
A final word about wet mopping
Some floors are prone to developing water spots. If yours does, dry the floor with a clean cloth.
About terracottas and stone
Terracottas are porous and susceptible to scratching. Use a soft broom and avoid acidic cleaners, even vinegar. Marble and other stones have some special considerations.
The tile store staff will advise you on the best way to clean them. Generally:
1.Avoid any acidic, including vinegar, with slate and marble.
2.Use a soft, bristled broom to avoid scratching.
3.Granite is cleaned with a PH-neutral cleaner to prevent discoloration.
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