Cleaning your home? Don’t overlook your floors in the process! You may not see the dirt laying on your floor, but there may be some accumulation of dust and grime there from shoes, countertops, and many more.
Although flooring tiles are known to be one of the most low-maintenance floorings for homes. Cleaning it thoroughly every once in a while will make it extra clean and keep your house away from bacteria, dirt, dust, and pathogens!
Additionally, it will maintain good air quality circulating inside your space. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered! Here, we have some easy and effective how-to’s on how to clean the most common types of floor tiles in the Philippines. Read on for more!
How To Clean Ceramic Floor Tiles
These are one of the most common flooring options in homes today. They are known for their durability, minimal upkeep, and its stain and scratch-free properties. But then again, to make sure that your home is free from bacteria, they need extra care and cleaning every once in a while.
To thoroughly clean your ceramic tile flooring, first, do a sweep and vacuum. This will remove all the sand and dirt that can scratch the surface. Once you’ve done this, its time to mop. You can use your own floor cleaner for this. Or, you can mix a mild detergent with hot water. Spray this unto your floors and go over them with a soft mop.
Remember to change your bucket of cleaning solution often to avoid having a dirty mop that can leave a cloudy film of dirt on the floor. This will additionally avoid the accumulation of more bacteria on your floor. If you’re looking for a more natural solution, you can make your own cleaning by mixing lemon juice or vinegar with hot water.
What if your tiles are already stained? For coffee and juice stains, simply wash the tile surface with hot water and detergent, and blot with hydrogen peroxide. For grease stains, wash it with commercial floor cleaner.
If you want your floors to become even cleaner, do a grout cleaning. Clearing out the dirt in your grout will also make your ceramic tile floorings visually pleasing as well. Spray the grout with a prepared grout cleaner or a mild bleach solution.
If you’re experiencing deep group stains, submerge the grout with the cleaning solution for 10 minutes. Afterward, use a toothbrush or a small scrub brush to clean the grout.
If the stains are too stubborn, a simple paste of baking soda and water will do. Apply it to the stains, let it sit overnight, and scrub it with a nylon brush. Remember use soft bristles, much like nylon brushes. This will avoid scratching your ceramic tiles. Let the group air dry, and apply a silicone-based grout sealer to avoid future stains and dirt.
How To Clean Porcelain Tiles
For porcelain tiles, they are much like cleaning your ceramic tiles. Your first cleaning action should be to sweep or vacuum the dust away. Afterward, use a mop to clean. However, you should avoid chemical cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, or acids.
Using these types of substances will erode the surface of your porcelain tile and increase its water absorption rate. These substances will also erode the grout further, which will loosen the tiles and allow the water to seep through under the tiles, which then creates dampness. Instead, use a mild detergent mixed with water.
You need to guarantee that your detergent contains low concentration, and make you you shouldn’t let the cleaning solution dry. Carefully mop it away to get rid of detergent residue and prevent water spots and powdery marks.
How To Clean Vinyl Tiles
Vinyl is arguably the easiest floor tiles to clean. They are very durable and can stand up to a lot of wear-and-tear, even in high traffic areas in the house. To keep it looking at its best, here are some tips on how to clean your vinyl floors:
Preventive care is the best way to go about this. When spills happen, make sure to immediately wipe them up with water. This will prevent stains. Act on them immediately.
To remove dirt and sand, first vacuum and dust them off. Then you’re ready to move on to mopping. When mopping your vinyl flooring, use a cleaning solution of your choice. Use a damp mop to apply to the floor, rinsing it with clean hot water from a bucket or a sink.
For tough stains, you can remove them with acidic substances like water and baking soda. Rub it on the area with a soft towel until the stain lifts.
Remember to not use wax polishes on your vinyl floor. This will leave a film on the floor that will accumulate over time. To add shine, simply put a few drops of baby oil into your vinegar and water solution.
Although flooring tiles are very low maintenance, you should still be giving them some love and care. Follow these easy tips and tricks to keep it looking lovely and make them last for years!