Tiles are beautiful and exotic; they come in different colors and designs. You get to enjoy the beauty and class they provide until it is time to clean. Some people would rather get professional cleaners to do their tiles. But if you are like me and you want to put that energy in it, then I will show you the best tile cleaning techniques there are. When it comes to cleaning tiles, you have to ensure that stains are removed in such a way that the tiles are not slippery or pose any hazard to the occupants of the house (or space containing the tiles).
Tiles have gained popularity in recent times due to the improvement in their make and design as compared to before. They are generally made of stone, ceramic, porcelain, or even vinyl and can be found in different shapes, sizes and designs; there are even 4D hyper-realistic designs of tiles that look so realistic that they have been known to create illusions in the mind.
Things to look out for when cleaning tiles
Tile cleaning Maui expert Nathans says there are certain factors that will help you understand your tiles, thus making it easier to clean. Some of these include.
- Material: The material used in making the tile is as important as the tile itself. The major types of tiles (classified according to the material used in producing them) include Stone Tiles, Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles, and Vinyl or Linoleum Tiles. It is particularly important to know the exact material used in making the tiles so that you can also know the kind of materials you will use to clean them. For example, it would be out of place to use the materials used in cleaning stone tiles to clean ceramic or vinyl tiles and vice versa. For instance, calcareous stone tiles like limestone and marble may react to certain cleaning chemicals, while silicone types may not. Generally, try to wipe off acidic or alkaline substances as quickly as possible.
- Technique and Maintenance Type: This is almost like knowing the kind of tiles you have, but it is also slightly different. The type of tiles you have will determine the technique you will use to clean it as well as the type of maintenance the tiles will get. Some tiles need a simple wipe down from time to time, while some other types need extra scrubbing with cleaning products.
Tile Cleaning Techniques
Generally, there are 2 basic tile cleaning techniques, and they are.
- Dry Cleaning: This method of cleaning tiles involves sweeping the tiles and using a dry cloth or mop to remove the stains on the tiles. Dry cleaning works for mild stains on tile surfaces like ceramic, porcelain, and even vinyl. However, it is not very suitable for stone tiles.
- Wet Cleaning: This is the more common method of cleaning tiles. The wet cleaning method can either be wet cleaning alone (where the tiles are washed either with a cleaner made specifically for tiles or with soap and then rinsed before being mopped dry) or a mixture of both dry cleaning and wet cleaning. Wet cleaning can be used for harder tile materials like stone tiles.
How to clean tiles according to their materials
This is a more specific outline on how to clean the different types of tiles.
Ceramic (and Porcelain) Tiles:
Like other types of tiles, the idea behind cleaning ceramic tiles is to remove stains, but in a way that causes little or no damage to the tile surface. A good way to clean ceramic tiles is to.
- Use dry cleaning method by sweeping (or vacuuming) the tiles first to remove dirt.
- You can use a mild detergent to mop the tiles as sweeping would have removed most of the dirt, but the mopping would remove the residual stains left on the surface and edges of the tiles. You can also mop the tiles a second time (with a dry cloth) to give it the shine you desire.
For ceramic tiles, you can use a range of cleaners and detergents ranging from homemade products to tile cleaners sold in stores. You need to note, however, that a “rag hair” mop is most suitable than a sponge mop as the latter can create abrasions on the tile surface.
Stone (and Marble/Granite) Tiles:
Stone tiles are made of more durable material. To clean your stone tiles.
- Use the wet cleaning method to scrub your tiles clean before mopping it dry. The wet cleaning method ensures that the cleaning solution softens the dirt before/while scrubbing and wiping.
You must note, however, that you should always use neutral cleaners (both homemade and store purchased) to clean stone tiles as acidic cleaners gently erode the surface of the tiles, thereby shortening its lifespan.
Vinyl (and Linoleum Tiles):
Cleaning these kinds of tiles involves a method like cleaning ceramic tiles, only with a few differences.
- Use specific detergent to clean vinyl tiles, where homemade cleaners (like water and vinegar) are not readily available. A good example of this detergent is Borax.
- Do not be afraid to wax your tiles frequently after cleaning. Vinyl tiles give the extra shine that you like after they are waxed.
In conclusion, there
is no absolute cleaning technique that is best for your tiles. The most important thing is to ensure that you are using the right technique to get those stubborn stains off your tiles in a way that preserves the lifespan of the tiles!