Do’s and Don’ts For Cleaning Tiles

Tiles are some of the most affordable and accessible construction materials suitable for walls and floors. They come in different patterns, colors, sizes, textures, and shapes. 

They’re also quite easy to clean and maintain, compared to more expensive materials. Some tiles mimic natural textures, such as wood, marble, and cobblestone. In a way, tiles are ideal for achieving different home interiors without skimping on style and breaking the bank.

While tiles are versatile, durable, and relatively low-maintenance, you still need to clean your surfaces properly to make them last a lifetime. If your home is undergoing renovation, there are also crucial steps in ensuring your tiles are placed and sealed properly. 

Here are the do’s and don’ts for cleaning tiled surfaces:

Do’s

  • Sweep floors and wipe the dust off countertops regularly. Leaving dust to accumulate will cause them to stain and stick to your tiled surfaces. Thick dust layers will make cleaning more difficult.
  • Mop areas with high foot traffic twice weekly. Use clean water for every mopping session.
  • After mopping, dry the floors with a clean rag or another mop head. Keep your floors dry to prevent water stains, mold growth, or damage to the grout or caulk.
  • If you have to use commercial tile cleaners, choose brands with neutral pH levels. They’ll gently clean tiles without damaging them.
  • For larger rooms, such as the master bedroom and living room, vacuum once or twice a week. Doing so will eliminate smaller dust particles and mildew spores that may otherwise damage your tiled floors and countertops.
  • Before cleaning tiles in the bathroom, use hot water or run your hot shower to let the steam loosen up dirt and mold roots. You’ll save time and prevent back pains from scrubbing all the dirt and stains.
  • Protect tiled areas in high-traffic spots, such as the exits and entrances of your home, with carpets or doormats. Rugs also keep people from slipping while entering or exiting.
  • For newly applied tiles, use tile grout to keep them in place. Use a damp cloth to wipe off any excess grout from the surface. Doing so also prevents grout residue from hardening permanently.
  • Wait for the tile grout to dry completely before applying sealer. Apply a new layer of grout at least once a year. You might have to hire a professional to reseal the grout for all of your tiled surfaces.
  • If you have ceramic tiles, be more careful when cleaning them. They’re more brittle than other tile types. When moving furniture around, put foot guards on the legs of your furniture sets. These allow smoother movement while reducing scratches or chipping.

Don’ts

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean and disinfect tiled surfaces. Check products for ingredients that are acidic, ammoniac, chlorinated, or alkalinic. Using these may destroy the shiny surface of your tiles, and eventually damage them.
  • Don’t use vinegar to clean tiles. Sure, they’re natural cleaners ideal for shining and disinfecting wood, but they are acidic and can damage your floors, walls, and countertops.
  • Refrain from using colored cleaners. They may contain dyes that will stain your tiles permanently.
  • Avoid using cleaners with oil and wax ingredients. They may damage the grout and sealant, causing your tiles to have further damage and fading.
  • Don’t use steel wool, rough brushes, or other abrasive cleaning supplies on tiles. These may scratch the tiles, leaving dents and unsightly marks.
  • Avoid leaving broken tiles for too long since they can be breeding grounds for mold and bacteria. Carefully take the broken pieces out, and sweep or vacuum smaller particles.
  • Avoid using sealants without testing them. When testing grout, sealants, and scouring powders, test them on a spare or broken tile piece. You wouldn’t want to damage your newly applied tiles and waste money on repairs and reapplication.

Tiled surfaces are easy to maintain. However, there are certain steps you must do to keep them clean and looking new. Follow these do’s and don’ts, and your tiled surfaces will look beautiful, clean, and ready to handle foot traffic and other household activities.

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