Three simple tips for cleaning your floor tiles
Making your floor look always new is a task that requires little time and gives immediate results - if you are constant in it.
There are thousands of products on the market, but these simple tips will help you take care of your floor and maintain that clean feeling for much longer.
We will review the most useful techniques for each type of tile because, depending on the type of material, the products can work in different ways.
But first of all, let's learn the art of sweeping or vacuuming
It is important to sweep or vacuum the floors daily, preventing dirt, food crumbs, and other debris from accumulating.
When exposed to moisture, they can become a stain for a lifetime.
Tiles such as ceramic and porcelain need very little care, but other types of surfaces such as slate, stone, marble, or granite can accumulate way more dirt on a daily basis.
So let's start by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor before we get to anything else. You can also pass a dry cloth over the tiles after sweeping.
1.A good mop and a mild detergent
Although instinct tells us otherwise, a rustic mop will not remove stains more efficiently.
Choose a cloth or mop type suede, and avoid at all costs the sponge mops that usually push the dirt rather than remove it.
A bucket of warm water, always clean, is the first liquid that we will use to remove the remaining residue after sweeping.
Identify the spots and try to find what caused them to choose the best product to clean. Oils or sugar residues are usually the most difficult to remove.
Always soak the mop with clean water and change it as many times as necessary. Remember that dirty water can stain tiles easily.
2.A suitable product for each type of floor
While ceramics and porcelain can be cleaned with mild detergents, vinegar and bicarbonate, floors such as stone may need other types of products.
Stone tiles, for example, will need a product with neutral PH that does not wear the surface or facilitate stains. Any product specially designed to clean natural stone will have the right conditions.
In the case of the board, a mild detergent will do the trick. But you should avoid using lemon or vinegar at all costs, as they will corrode the surface.
If your floor is cork, rubber, or vinyl, maintenance is practically minimal, and you will only need to sweep, dispose of waste, and pass a damp mop with water and vinegar.
You can dry immediately with a dry cloth, and you will see a spotless surface.
But in the case of linoleum, always look for specific products. Remember to apply a layer of wax and polish after the surface has dried thoroughly.
3.A clean grout gives the final touch to an impeccable floor
If you have cleaned your floors again and again and still look worn and dirty, you probably forgot that the grout of the tiles needs its own care.
Being of a completely different material, you will need to be a little more careful when brushing the grout.
You can use a mixture of baking soda and water, apply it on all lines and let stand for a few hours.
When rubbing the mixture with a stiff brush - never metal! - you will start to see the results.
After drying well, you can apply a silicone sealant a few days later to protect the grout.
- Ariel Lasca