Tile offers everything from beauty to durability. This makes it a popular choice among today’s homeowners and not just for the floor. It is also used for countertops and shower walls. Regular care is required to ensure the tile stays clean and free of stains though. Investing in professional tile and grout cleaning is another great idea as well.
Care for your tile flooring with these tips.
A doormat can really cut down on dirt and debris. They are also very affordable. For effectiveness, place doormats inside and out exterior doors to trap dirt, mud and debris. Getting into the habit of wiping your feet will also help extend the longevity of your tile flooring.
Shoes effectively transfer several different species of bacteria to your floors. This is according to a study done at the University of Arizona. Set a boot tray or shoe bin by the door to encourage family members and guests to take off their shoes. Adding a bench is another good idea.
Normal cleaning methods, such as sweeping and mopping, should be done a couple times a week. This can help reduce allergens. Dry mopping or a floor brush can also be used to clean your floors. As for a mop, there are several to choose from, including string, microfiber and sponge.
Use the Right Cleaner
If you’re not using the right cleaner, you could be damaging your tile floors, depending on material. Don’t use vinegar, ammonia, or bleach on natural stone tile. Instead, choose a pH-neutral cleaner when mopping limestone, marble, travertine, or any other type of natural stone tile.
Scratch Resistant Felt Pads
Applying felt furniture pads to chair, table, and other furniture legs is an effective way to protect your flooring from scratches. They should, however, be routinely changed out to prevent trapped dirt and debris from damaging the floor. These can be found at most any retailer as well as online in multiple shapes and sizes.
A Deeper Clean for Your Floors
While tile may resist stains, grout is porous, meaning it’s absorbent. Grout is also susceptible to mildew – especially in the kitchen or bathroom. Investing in professional tile and grout cleaning can keep your tile flooring looking like new for longer. It can also help extend its useful lifespan.