Is cleaning ever fun? I mean, aren’t there at least a million other things we’d rather do than wiping surfaces, dusting ornaments or scrubbing floors? Unfortunately it’s one of those things that need doing and there’s no getting around it. So, we might as well try and make it as easy as possible – before we get to sit down with a cup of tea and admire our handiwork. Here then are some tips on how to clean your tiled floor effectively, efficiently and in an easy way, whether they are porcelain, ceramic or wood effect like these below.
First things first: if you have any spillages, make sure you wipe them away as quickly as possible to avoid any lasting stains that could get ingrained. The longer you leave any stains, the harder it will be to deal with them.
Now for the regular maintenance: before we can even see how dirty the floor really is we need to get rid of the surface dust either by vacuuming with a soft brush attachment (to avoid scratches) or sweeping with a soft broom. I know, I’m probably stating the obvious here, but since I’m going through the steps to get the best results, it’s important to start at the beginning, right? Anyway, whilst you might not necessarily need to wash the floors every time you vacuum them, removing the dust on a regular basis will help to keep them shiny.
When washing your floors, there are a few things you will need to be aware of to keep your floor in top condition. Harsh or abrasive cleaners are a big no-no as they can potentially dull the surface over time and once it’s scratched, there’s no going back from there. So, use a mild detergent (do a spot test to see if the detergent affects your floor in any way it shouldn’t) and some warm water only.
For tiled flooring, instead of using a heavy, water soaked mop, you should use a damp rag to protect the grout. Use too much water and it will collect in the grout lines and could damage the grout over time. If you find your tiles have dulled over time due to residues, try wiping them with lemon juice followed by clean water.
To get the best out of your tiles, dry them afterwards with a micro fibre cloth. This will remove any residue that might be left and give them back their sheen.
I hope these tips are useful and you will enjoy your beautiful tiled floor for a long time to come.