Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tile floors are the most chosen floorings among homeowners.  Aside from being durable, they’re also easy to install, waterproof, and don’t demand much maintenance.  However, just like other floorings, they still need proper cleaning and care to look like as good as new and last for many years.

Clean the floors daily.  Use a vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust and dirt on your floor.  After that, mop the floor with warm water and mild detergent, or cornstarch, or baking soda.  That will help your tiles stay shiny.   Or you can also mix water and vinegar.  That will work as a natural grease remover; use only small amount because of its acidity that can destroy natural stone tiles.  To avoid a cloudy floor, change the bucket of cleaning solution once the mop gets dirty. Let the floor dry right after mopping to avoid new dirt set in by using clean-absorbent cloth.

Put some extra attention on the tile grout.  Grouts easily absorb any dirt and grease.  Before using the commercial cleaners, try to use a homemade cleaner.  Maybe, some mix of baking soda and water. Put the paste directly on the grout then, let it sit for a couple of hours.  Scrub with toothbrush or other small scrub brush.  Avoid using metal brush, it will scratch the tiles.  Wash with warm water.

If natural cleaner doesn’t work, try a bleach solution.  Always wear rubber gloves when using it to protect your hands.  Follow product instructions as indicated.  If your grouts are colored, don’t use bleach; it may affect the color.  Also, take care not to get the bleach solution on the tiles.  Use toothbrush or small scrub brush to clean the grout, then, wash the floor with warm water.  Let the floor dry completely and apply grout sealer to prevent it from absorbing dirt quickly.