Tile is useful for several applications due to its high water resistance and durability. It also creates sanitary surfaces in your home, because it is so easy to clean. One challenge of tile, however, is maintaining its grout. Many homeowners clean their tile surfaces without paying extra attention to grout lines, which can lead to discoloration and staining. Read on for some recommendations from Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg on how to properly maintain your entire tile floor.
How to Clean Tile
Tile surfaces are relatively easy to clean. Sweep or mop your tile floors every few days to prevent buildup of dirt and debris which can scratch your tile. Alternatively, vacuum your tile floors with a parquet attachment or a hard floor setting on your vacuum cleaner. Further clean your tile floors by mopping. For wall tile, wipe them down using water and a mild detergent.
Special Care for Stone
When discussing how to clean tile, it is important to distinguish the various tile materials. Ceramic, porcelain, and glass are non-porous and may be cleaned with a wide range of cleaning agents and disinfectants. However, natural stone can be more sensitive. In particular, granite and travertine are porous stones, which may be damaged if you use abrasive, highly acidic, or highly alkaline cleaners. When cleaning natural stone tile, it is important to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer.
How to Clean Grout
Cleaning tile regularly in the ways discussed above also helps maintain grout lines, but occasionally more attention is needed. Tile grout is cement-based and is more porous than tile. Also, grout lines act as a drainage route for water as it runs off a tile surface. Thus, dirt and grime build up faster.
To give grout lines the extra care needed, occasionally clean them using a scrub brush, specifically a tile brush or toothbrush. It is often enough to just wet the area, scrub the grout, and then wipe with a clean cloth. If you haven’t done this in a while, you may be surprised with how much dirt and grime comes up during this process.
If your grout is still discolored, then the stain has penetrated the grout pores. Use a bleaching solution to rectify this. Several store-bought solutions exist. Again, remember to avoid any solution that would damage the surrounding tile, and always test a small area before using it on the full surface.
Your Local St. Petersburg Tile Experts
If you are at the point where you want to replace your tile, then call the team at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg. We offer complementary in-home consultations and bring all our samples to you in our mobile flooring showroom.
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