People are in constant search for practical solutions that will help them maintain their homes easier, especially when it comes to flooring. They want something that has a nice appeal and lasts long. Tiles probably best fit these requirements. It is known that tiles are extremely durable and very practical since they are temperature and abrasive resistant and do not absorb water or grease. Also, tiles are easy to clean and do not absorb odors. Available in various colors, sizes, material and finishes are just few additional reasons why tiles are very popular. However, despite the fact that tiles are very durable and long-lasting, regular cleaning is important in order to prolong their lifespan and to preserve their original look.
Many believe that regular sweeping is enough to keep tiles clean. Well, not really. Sweeping or vacuuming will not remove tough dirt, soap scum, lime deposit and mold accumulated over time due to exposure to cooking fumes, hot-shower steam and water. Even though it seems impossible to remove soap scum or lime deposits, it’s really not that hard. Read our tips on tile cleaning and save hours of hard scrubbing and frustration.
Tiles must be cleaned once a week. Rooms like bathroom and kitchen should be cleaned after each use in order to keep tiles looking like new. Thus, make sure you wipe tiles with dry cloth after taking shower. This will help you avoid soap scum and mildew buildup. Also, mop kitchen tiles every evening with tile cleaning product to avoid tough grease stains. Remember, avoid using harsh abrasives when cleaning tiles. The best way is to make you own cleaner with few ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen.
For regular daily cleaning, mix 300 ml white vinegar, 150 ml water and few drops of your favorite essential oil. Put this mixture in a spray bottle, apply to tile surface and wipe with a soft cloth. To keep tiles shiny clean them with baking soda. Prepare a paste of equal parts of water and baking soda; rub it on tile surfaces, sinks, faucets, shower cabin doors, etc., leave it on for 15-20 minutes and simply wash with lukewarm water. Remove extra water with a soft, clean cloth. For stubborn dirt use a mixture of chlorine-based bleach and water; spray on tiles and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes to completely remove heavy soil. Wash good with water and make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves anytime you clean with bleach or any other cleaning product intended for tile cleaning. Also, remember to clean tiles on a regular basis to avoid dirt buildup and for easy maintenance of your home.