How to Clean Tiled Floors
Tiled floors are almost always an asset; they’re capable of shining as brilliantly as hardwood and they’re particularly durable and water-resistant, which means you can be more generous with the mopping and even spill water without worrying about your floor breaking. However, with this comes another problem, as they’re particularly notorious for attracting dirty grouts and grime, and becoming sticky when anything other than water is spilled, both of which require more aggressive and time-consuming cleaning methods. With the complexity that comes with having tiled floors, it’s therefore necessary to think of cleaning on two levels:
This level often involves just cleaning standard clutter and dust. For the latter, you’ll need a damp mop (as putting liquids on your floor can end up creating more stains and grime instead of actually cleaning the floor), or dry cloth. Make sure that all the dust are picked up, as grime can end up being created overtime, resulting in a more difficult clean-up process.
You’ll also need to be generous with the vacuum cleaners should you find dusting off to be a problem. Make sure to clean the wheels, however, as they can end up bringing unnecessary dust and complicating the cleaning process. In other words, dust off the vacuum cleaner before you begin using it.
You’ll also need to use dry mops after mopping with damp mops. This should be done after mopping and especially after cleaning up a particularly nasty grime, which we’ll tackle later. Use the mop generously until you can actually see that it’s dry. This will prevent the floor from being moist and gathering dirt.
Lastly, you need to be aggressive with spills. Once you see that something has been spilled, wipe it off immediately until the floor is dry. This will prevent future stains from becoming hard-to-remove dirt.
As said before, tiled floors are often highly susceptible to stickiness, dirt and grime. In such cases, it becomes harder to remove the dirt without sacrificing the floor itself. Some people may resort to using disinfectants in order to melt the dirt away, but this can actually end up damaging the finish. What should be done, therefore, in order to remove tough dirt?
The order for this often doesn’t matter, but you may actually start with the grout. Grouts are those tiny gaps between every square tile, and they should be shiny most of the time. However, dirt can end up accumulating between these gaps. For this, you can try cleaning with an equally thin brush, pencil erasers, or any long thin object. You need to keep scratching until all the grout has been removed. Once done, being applying baking soda in the same fashion. Spread it thoroughly until the grout’s all sparkly again.
For sticky floors and grime, you’ll need to use cleaning paste. You need to thoroughly coat the stain with paste and let it stick. Once done, remove the stain with a cleaning brush (or pretty much any brush) until it’s clean, then wipe the remaining paste off with a damp cloth. When all of these things are done properly, you’ll be sure to enjoy a clean floor for years and even decades to come!