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Spiffy Tile Cleaning Guide

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Spiffy Tile Cleaning Guide

Let’s get this straight right off-the-bat: When you clean tiles, you’re also going to be cleaning the grout that holds the whole thing together. Also, we’re going to be talking about a certain type of tile – porcelain.


This type of flooring is a snap to clean. There’s no need for any kind of special household cleaner. You’re not going to have to seal the tiles after you finished giving it the once-over. Occasionally you’ll have to take a little more time with this chore if matters have gone too far between cleanings.

  1. When you clean your porcelain-based tile, you’re likewise dealing with the grout. That can be the most challenging part of this project.


    Before getting into this exercise, here are a bunch of things you don’t want to do with a porcelain tile floor:


    • Never use a vacuum power head or beater bar on tile


    • Sweep and mop the floor regularly


    • Make sure that any areas of the tile that regularly taste water are caulked with the appropriate material


    • Never let water sit, dab it up ASAP


    • Ammonia-based and chlorine-based cleaners are bad for your tile floor


    • The grout and the tile itself should never be scrubbed

  2. 2.Best Practices

    Before grabbing the mop, get out the broom and start sweeping. The top type of broom to employ is one with a soft brush. Pay special attention to the grout. That’s where you’ll see most of the staining. By getting rid of the surface dirt at the get-go, you’ll keep your cleaning bucket solution fairly clean when you do apply the liquids.


    For the floor, you’re using a mop. For the walls, there’s a sponge. You could purchase a special floor cleaning material at the grocery store, but a homemade brew works just as well.


    To make your own cleaner, grab a bucket that can hold a couple of gallons of your concoction. Pour in a gallon of warm water, a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of vinegar.


    As we mentioned at the top of this article, when you clean your porcelain-based tile, you’re likewise dealing with the grout. That can be the most challenging part of this project. Grout is mostly porous. Grout has a tendency to collect moisture and grime. These are ideal conditions for growing bacteria, mildew and mold.


    You can apply extra muscle or you can mix up a batch of the following:


    • 5 cups water

    • One-quarter cup vinegar

    • One-half cup baking soda


    Shake it up and pour it into a spray bottle. Spritz it on your grout and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe the area clean with a moist towel, repeating the practice again if needed.


    We said earlier that you won’t have to apply a sealant to the tiles. We didn’t say anything about the grout, though. Once your grout is sparkling, you should head-off to your local hardware store and get a commercial sealant. By taking this final step, you’re going to save yourself some time when you next clean your tiles. Sealing the grout prevents mildew and stains from attaching themselves to the surface.


    Now that the area is spotless, get a couple of door mats. Stick one inside, the other outside. That will further make the next time you tidy-up the tiles quicker. You won’t have to fiddle with the biggest reason the tiles got dirty in the first place, everyone bringing a sample of the outdoors inside.

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