How to Clean Tile

Ceramic tile is a common choice of flooring in many homes because of their durability. To keep your ceramic tile flooring clean and free from stains, weekly maintenance has to be performed on both the tile and the grout. If your ceramic tile does not have a glazed coating, attention especially needs to be paid to the tiles and the grout as it is more susceptible to stains.

Below are a few easy tips that you can do to help keep your tile flooring looking its best for many years.

Seal the grout.

Sealing the grout with a high quality grout sealer is the best way to protect stains from permanently setting in and must be done at least once a year.

Sweep or vacuum the floor daily.

Sweeping and vacuuming the floors ensures that dirt does not have a chance to work it’s way into the tile and grout and become permanent.

Mop the floors.

Mopping the ceramic tile floor weekly ensures that the tile and grout stays clean. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to especially meant for ceramic tile or simply use water and vinegar or regular dish soap and water to clean the floor. Using harsh chemicals or the wrong cleaner can damage the tile or discolor the grout permanently.

Clean up spills immediately, especially in the grout. Grout can quickly soak up spills and once a stain is set, it can be difficult to remove. If you were unable to clean up the spill when it happened, use a paste made from baking soda and water to scrub onto the tile or the group with a brush and let sit for a 3-5 minutes to work into the group. If the baking soda paste will not get the stain out and the original grout is white, using a bleach and water mixture and apply directly on the stain to help restore the grout to its white color.