Cleaning Tile Floors

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 28, 2015)


There are some types of flooring that are especially beautiful and timeless. hardwood and carpet can look fantastic in a room, however there is nothing quite like a gorgeous tile floor to accent an area and give it a classy appearance.

Tile floors are especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms, and come in various styles and colors. Marble, terra cotta, porcelain, and ceramic are a few kinds of tile that can be used as flooring, and all have their own unique look and feel.

Like any type of flooring, tile floors require specific cleaning and maintenance. In order to keep tile floors looking their best and to help them last for a long time, you should know what you need to do to keep these areas of your home clean and properly cared for.

A clean tile floor is more beautiful than a dirty and worn one. To ensure that your tile floor lasts, consider these cleaning ideas:

  • One of the most important parts of cleaning a tile floor is to clean the grout. First, scrub the grout with water and a brush to remove loose dirt. Then, you will need to use some kind of cleaner to get rid of the stuck-on dirt. This can be done by using a commercially available cleaner specifically for grout, or by using a natural method. Try a baking soda and water paste and scrub at the grout with a toothbrush.
  • You will need to pay special attention to any stuck-on spots on the tile. For these, use a floor or multi-purpose cleaner to spray the area, then scrub with a stiff brush. If the spot is very stubborn, leave it wet for a few minutes before scrubbing again.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning the tile. Use a cleaner with a neutral pH to prevent damaging your floor. Also, be sure that the cleaner you use is safe for your specific kind of tile.
  • To get an overall clean, use a mop and a floor cleaner to finish the job. After sweeping the floor, add water to whatever cleaner you have chosen and dunk the mop into it, letting it absorb the soapy water. After wringing the mop, start in one corner of the floor and work your way over the whole area until it is clean. Repeat as needed, and finish with plain water.

Taking care of your tile floor can be simple, but just a little effort can produce beautiful results.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


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2015-09-28 11:32:44


Being in the floor restoration business I agree with all of your hints. Another good thing to do always have two buckets. One for a first rinse then another for the final rinse. It might sound like a lot of work but in the long run it's going to be less work

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