Tile Cleaner

by Karen Bates
(last updated November 30, 2015)

Many homes have tile installed somewhere, whether it's on the floor, wall, or counters. Tile is popular for a reason: it is attractive, fairly easy to care for, and can add a unique look to any part of your home. Tile is available in many styles, textures, and colors to suit just about any home's look.

Although tile isn't too difficult to maintain, it can be a little harder to clean than some other surfaces. Most of the time, simply wiping off the tile surface is enough, but in other situations it will require a bit more work to clean successfully. Tile that is located in a shower or bath area can be especially tricky to clean, since hard water, soap scum, and other things can leave residue on the tile over time and won't come off easily.

To keep your tile looking great, it is best to do light cleanings often to discourage gradual build up or staining. Along with this, it's a good idea to do a deep cleaning every once in a while. There are a few cleaners and cleaning methods that you can use to help get your tile looking brand new again:

  • Before cleaning tile, be sure to sweep, wipe away, or vacuum any loose dirt that may be on the surface. This ensures a more thorough cleaning job.
  • Mop tile floors using a floor cleaner mixed with water. Use a cleaner that is recommended by the tile's manufacturer to avoid doing damage to the floor.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner on walls or counters made of tile. Many of these cleaners will be able to remove hard water stains and other messes. You may need to do some scrubbing with a bristle brush or sponge to help remove stubborn spots.
  • Tile grout can be irritating to clean, since dirt and buildup can really stick to it. To remove dirt and stains from the grout, use a toothbrush or other small brush with a vinegar/baking soda paste.
  • Vinegar can be an effective cleaner for tile surfaces. Make a vinegar solution by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, then spray the tiled surface. Wipe away with a rag or paper towel for streak-free, natural tile cleaning.

Take care of your tiled surfaces by cleaning often and using the right methods. With the proper care, tile can last for a long time and look beautiful for years to come.

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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