Keeping tiled floors clean isn’t difficult, but they will take some daily work to keep them looking great. They are less work than carpet, however, many people go for the tiled floor look for the ease of keeping them clean, but unfortunately, this will require regular maintenance to have that high shine floor.
Dust is the most difficult item to deal with when you have a tiled floor; it becomes a battle that you will fight with daily, especially if you have pets.
Therefore, if you are looking for the best way to keep tiled floors clean, is high frequency and spot cleaning.
The Best Way To Clean Tiled Floors
Tiled floors look great when they are clean, even when they get dirty they are still relatively easy to get back up to a great standard that lasts, with really minimal maintenance, compared to looking after a carpet.
However, you still need to clean the floor regularly. For me, I like to sweep the floor daily and do a quick spot check. My dogs are notorious for coming in and not wiping their feet properly! It isn’t as though I don’t provide enough mats! There are ones either side of the door, this helps to reduce the dirt brought inside! But still, there are times when wet feet miss the towel provided! I try to keep their feet are clean and dry, when inside!
I use spot cleaning when the floor doesn’t need a full clean, but I do like to clean the floors regularly. I have a steam mop that I use, it’s a Shark steam mop and it cleans the floor great!
I don’t like mops, I think they hold too much water and this makes the floors too wet. Therefore, for me the best cleaning method I like is a bucket of water with some cleaning agent; I use a very dilute amount of white vinegar. I know that it is acidic and can break down the grout, but I use it to get the floor hygienically clean and a dash of dishwashing detergent to break down any grease. I use two old rags, one to wash the floor and one to dry the floor.
This method means I control the amount of water and the length of time it stays on the floor before drying and polishing to a shine.
Why Clean Naturally
I find this is the best way for me to clean my tiled floors naturally; I have in the past used floor cleaners and while they look good on the adverts, in reality, I don’t think they are actually worth the expense. I also don’t want to expose me or my family to chemicals unnecessarily, the dogs also lick the floor on occasion and I don’t want them to ingest any chemicals either.
I wash and dry the rags I use and this also means I don’t have to find a place to store a mop, they need to dry first and by the time they are dry you are wanting to use it again and so it never seems to get put away and that is just part of why mops annoy me.
You must look after your grout too; it is important to keep this clean and in great condition, to do this you must clean it approximately twice a year. Do this with a toothbrush and some bicarbonate of soda, mixed with a small amount of warm water and rub this into the grout; remove the residue with warm water and a damp cloth and it should remove all stains and marks from the grout.
It is important that you are not putting anything on your tiles that will make them slippery. In the past, I have caught the edge of a tile with furniture polish and it made the floor unsafe to walk on, it then took time to remove this from the tile, causing more work.
Therefore, how to clean tiled floors isn’t difficult, but you will need to keep on top of the daily maintenance of the tiles. This is especially important if you have pets! Don’t forget that spot cleaning is a great way to ensure that your tiled floors look great, without the need to do a full clean!
What are your best tips to clean tiled floors?
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