How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors

How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors

Tile and Civilization

Ceramic is almost indestructible, which is why it is one of the first things archeologists unearth when searching for evidence of early civilizations. Ancient broken pottery is almost the same stuff our modern tile floors and walls are made of. Its toughness is the reason it is so popular in our homes. Its glazed finish resists all types of stains and soil and wipes up easily with a damp cloth. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that wonderful, carefree tile is surrounded by problem-causing grout.

Ceramic Tile

Care of Ceramic Tile

Keeping tile clean and shiny is easy – all you need is to sweep and mop them regularly with water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. You can also use a pH neutral, non-abrasive floor cleaner or tile cleaner for your tile floors. Change the mop water as soon as it becomes a bit cloudy. Too much dishwashing soap or dirty mop water will leave a dulling or sticky film on the tiles. But since it is the grout that usually gets stained and dirty and causes all our cleaning problems, what do we do about the grimy grout?

Cleaning Grout

The Headache of Cleaning Grout

Remember, prevention is easier than the cure, so wipe up spills quickly. For stained grout, scrub with a heavy-duty cleaner and an old toothbrush or grout brush to get your grout as clean as possible. To remove mold and mildew from tiles and grout use a solution of a ¾ cup of bleach to a gallon of water and scrub with a grout brush to get at the grout. Rust deposits usually respond to a little white vinegar and water plus a thorough rinsing. You might also try a professional product for mildew removal or mineral deposits.

Caution

Be careful with colored grout and test products in an inconspicuous place first, like bleach, vinegar or powdered scouring cleansers may remove color. Look for a professional product formulated for colored grout.

Sources:

  • Mendelson, Cheryl. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House. Scribner, 1999.
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  • Aslett, Don. The Cleaning Encyclopedia: Your A to Z Illustrated Guide to Cleaning Like a Pro. Dell Publishing, 1993.

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