Tile is one of the easiest floorings to clean, but, like anything else, it will need some regular care; when taken care of properly, it lasts 50 years or more. So instead, you don't need any special tools, just some warm water, mild soap, and a mop or rag. Spot-clean grout every two to three months so grime doesn't build up.
Sweeping & mopping floor tile
Sweep or vacuum at least twice a week to get rid of dirt, sand, and grime; they not only dull the finish but sand and dirt are sharp and can cause scratches. As for wet mopping, kitchens should be done every other week and bathrooms once a week.
Add mild dish detergent, all-purpose cleaner, or even some vinegar to mop ceramic and porcelain to water. Change the water frequently, or you'll just be moving around dirty water!
Don't employ these methods to stone as it has its unique requirements; the chemicals can damage it in many cleaners or by acidic substances like lemon or vinegar--and always avoid using stiff brushes. Instead, the best bet is to seek the advice of one of the flooring experts at our tile shop to select the best cleaner for your project.
About tough stains
The great thing about tile is that it's durable and easy to clean, but stains tend to set quickly, especially in shower areas with hard water. So one of the questions we hear most frequently in our tile store is how to deep clean without causing damage.
Coffee, tea, juice, or nail polish can be dabbed with a bit of diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Grease can be cleaned with some club soda or a mixture of water and an all-purpose cleaner. For anything else, like blood or iodine, check the manufacturer guidelines carefully.
We want you to enjoy your tile flooring for a long time, so feel free to come to us when you have any questions about care. The Indoor City showroom is located in Lancaster County, PA, so come in for some information and a free quote, especially if you live or work in or near York County, Dauphin County, Berks County, or Lebanon County.