Are You Neglecting Your Tile Floors? Cleaning Dos and Don’ts

Tile flooring is often installed in homes by owners thinking it will be more durable than carpet and require less attention. While tile is certainly a long-lasting choice, it does require maintenance to remain looking clean, bright, and spotless.

The Don’ts of Tile Cleaning

Over time, the tile itself can become dingy looking thanks to dirt, grime, and dust, and the grout often fares even worse. Common attempts to clean tile and grout can be ineffective if you don’t know the basics of tile and grout care.

  • Don’t use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners. Over time, these kinds of strong cleaning solutions can cause your grout to become discolored. Do use cleaners designed for tile and grout on your tile floors (not sure? Ask “the dry guys”.)
  • Don’t use abrasive scrubbing materials. Steel wool, pot and pan sponges, and abrasive scrubbing powders should be kept away from tile and grout. Do use soft cloths, mops and sponges.
  • Don’t leave spills on the floor to sit – they will soak in and be even harder to remove. Do clean up any spills immediately using the proper materials and solutions.
  • Don’t wait until your floors look dingy to sweep or mop them; dirt and dust left on the floor will get ground in. Do sweep daily and mop at least twice a week.
  • Don’t think just because the floors are tile they don’t warrant protection. Do use doormats in entry and exit ways, and floor runner rugs in high traffic areas.
  • Don’t flood the floor when mopping; too much water can seep into porous surfaces, causing discoloration or even mold and mildew. Do hand dry the floor if you mop with a bucket.
  • Don’t think sealant lasts forever. Sealing your tile (not all tile requires sealant)  and grout is the best way to protect it and keep floors looking like new. Do ask for sealant after every professional cleaning.

A regular annual or bi-annual professional tile cleaning by “the dry guys” followed by sealant application can keep your tile floors looking like new and feeling smooth and clean underfoot instead of tacky and grimy. We use a mild alkaline solution to loosen accumulated soil, grease, and contaminants, and a tile cleaning tool which employs rotary brushes to lift away debris. The dirty solution is carried away through the vacuum port. Sealer is applied to protect the grout from absorbing dirt, dust, and grease.

With proper care and regular cleaning and sealing, your tile floors can last for decades. Keep the value of your home high and the aesthetics beautiful by giving your tile a little love.