How To Care For & Maintain Tile
Ever since the mid-1970s, when cheap and durable ceramic tile became a popular material for residential and commercial use, we've been enamored with it. Tile is easy to clean and maintain, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and even entryways. Plus, if you choose wisely when selecting your tiles (like you should), they can last forever...or at least until the next remodel!
Here's how to maintain your tile for years to come.
Use a Dust Mop or Vacuum Cleaner
You should vacuum your tile floor with a soft brush attachment at least once per week. This will help to remove any dirt and grime that has accumulated on the surface of your tile. You can also use this method for cleaning off any dust from around fixtures and furniture, as well as getting rid of hairballs from pets or other animals living in your home.
Clean Grout Using A Brick Brush
If you find that there is grout between tiles that is stained with dirt or mold, it is important to clean it out regularly so that it does not get too dirty over time. In order to do this, you can purchase a special tool called a "brick brush" which will allow you more precise access to these gaps where dirt may build up over time if not properly maintained.
Use the Proper Products
You should avoid using abrasive powders and scrubbers when cleaning tile because they can dull the finish and scratch the surface, which will make your tile look older than it is. Tile cleaners are available that are designed specifically for ceramic and porcelain surfaces. For showers and other wet areas, use a wet mop or cloth with shower gel instead of soap as this will prevent stains from forming over time due to moisture build-up inside these types of surfaces.
Remove Stains ASAP
Use mild soap and water, a sponge, and a toothbrush to scrub away stains from tile. If you've got stubborn grime or dirt on your tiles, try using toothpaste instead of soap—the abrasive texture will help get rid of the stain much more quickly than plain soap would.
Another easy way to remove stubborn stains from your ceramic or porcelain tile is by using a magic eraser (like Mr. Clean's Eraser Sponge), which is literally just that: a sponge that takes off dirt and grime without any chemicals or effort at all! Just dampen it with warm water first, then rub it across your surface until all the dirt comes up off easily.
You can also use professional cleaners like Simple Green, Tilex (or any other brand).
These products are formulated specifically for removing tough stains from hard surfaces but aren't as harsh on your hands as harsher chemicals might be; however, they're still quite effective at cleaning away grime in no time flat—even if that means scrubbing harder than usual! It's best not to use these products too often though—once per month should suffice unless there are specific stains that need extra attention before then (like mold growths).
Never Drag Heavy Objects Across Tile Floors
In addition to cleaning, it's also important to remember that tile floors aren't like wood or carpeted surfaces. If you want your tiles to last, there are certain things you shouldn't do with them. One of those things is dragging heavy objects across the floor—which can scratch up the surface and cause permanent damage. To prevent this from happening, use a mop or vacuum cleaner instead of dragging items manually; this will make sure that no scratches form when you're done with your task.
With that said, if you've already got scratches on your tile flooring (or any other type of damage), don't panic: there are ways to repair them!
Regular maintenance and proper care will ensure that your tile lasts.
Regular maintenance and proper care will ensure that your tile lasts. As you can see, tile is one of the most durable flooring options available. With proper care and maintenance, your tile will last a lifetime.