How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tiles are vary popular as their features work well in today's modern homes.
Ceramic tiles vary in color, size, style, and of course the cost. They are very popular because of both their beauty and because they clean up easily.
Whether the ceramic tiles are used on the floor or the wall, ceramic tile are easily maintained if you follow just a few standard procedures in there cleaning and maintenance.
What is Ceramic Tile Made From?
Ceramic tiles are primarily made from clay silicates. To produce a ceramic tile, the clay mixture is baked at a very high temperature.
Glazed or Unglazed Tile?
Ceramic tiles can be purchased either glazed or unglazed. Unglazed tiles will require much more cleaning and maintenance because they do not have the hard outer shell which repels water and dirt. All tiles regardless of type should be cleaned regularly with water.
Glazed tile has a high shine and it is easier to clean.
Grout holds ceramic tiles together. It is a type of glue, or actually cement and sand combined with acrylics and silicon. Grout, especially unsealed grout will collect dirt and grime and will stain easily.
If your grout has stained or discolor and the ceramic tile is dull, make a solution of 1/4 cup of mild detergent with 1 gallon of water. Take your sponge with the cleaning solution, and carefully scrub and clean the areas that are stained and dull. Once they are thoroughly clean wipe then dry with a cotton towel or cleaning rag.
For severely discolored and dirty tile and grout, where cleaning with detergent will not work, use a 50/50 cleaning solution of bleach and water to remove any dirt that is present.
By cleaning ceramic tiles daily with plain water and drying them thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth, you will avoid any mold, mildew dirt and grime build up that will collect on it's surface..
Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors
Vacuum or sweep your tile floors regularly. When cleaning ceramic tile, do not abrasive scouring powder. They will scratch and dull the shine on the ceramic tile surface. Unless your cleaning products label states specifically that it is safe for a tile surface, so not use it.
Wash Your Ceramic Tile Regularly
Vacuum /Sweep and Mop your ceramic tile floors regularly to remove any dirt. Use a very mild pH neutral diluted detergent recommended by the tile manufacturer always rinse well and wipe the floor dry to remove water spots and keep a high shine.
Do Not Use Any Ammonia Based Cleaners
Ammonia might discolor some types of grout.
Always Rinse Your Ceramic Tile Floor
After mopping you should thoroughly rinse your floor to remove any residue with clean, warm water.
Wipe Up Any Spills Right Away
Wipe up spills with an all-purpose cleaner. This also help reduce the chance of grout staining from spilled liquids.
Always Use A Sealer For The Grout
Use a silicone base grout sealer on all the grout between the tile. This will prevent discoloration from spilled liquids and keep the grout nice and clean looking. (this is important- dirt will become embedded if you do not)