How to Clean Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic tiles add character and style to any interior. But over time, dirt and grime can cause scratches on the surface of the tiles, creating a not-so-attractive floor that can impact the entire look of your kitchen, even if it’s spotless. If you’re wondering what is the best cleaning solution for ceramic tile floors, we dive into the knitty gritty below to help you get them spik and span.

Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tiles are a popular material commonly used in areas of the interior that experience a high amount of foot traffic. This is because they’re typically designed to endure moisture and dirt more easily compared to other materials. However, any material that’s located in a busy area will eventually start to collect dirt and look grimy. To make them look like new, follow these steps below:

Sweep or Vacuum First

Start by sweeping or vacuuming to get rid of any dirt and debris that might be lingering on the surface of the tiles, or in between the grout. Make sure to be thorough around areas that are exposed and hidden.

Carefully Scrape Away Residue

If there is sticky residue on the tiles and grout, unfortunately, the best way to get rid of it is by getting down and gently scraping it off. To avoid scratching and damaging the tiles, we recommend using something like an old credit card or plastic knife. Anything metal could cause scratches.

Use The Right Cleaning Solution and then Mop

There are many options out there for cleaning the floor, but only a select few really work. We recommend PolyCare, which is specially designed to remove stubborn dirt, without stripping or impacting the finish on your floors. No harsh chemicals are included, so you can mop, without having to rinse it.

Let it Dry

After mopping, sit back, take a break and let it all dry before moving on to cleaning the grout.

Cleaning the Grout

Cleaning the grout can be a bit more challenging since you’ll need to get into the deeper layers of grime. Here is the best way to clean them:

Use Powdered Oxygen Bleach

Unlike chlorine bleach, powdered oxygen bleach is much more effective at cleaning stubborn grime. It’s also safer since it’s non-toxic. This can usually be found in the grocery store or hardware store. Once you have it, just follow the directions to add to your bucket of water.

Spray or Scrub it onto the Grout

You can either place the solution into a spray bottle or use a scrub brush. Either way, the cleaning mixture should be directly applied along the grout lines. For any areas that are really dirty, add a generous amount of it.

Leave it for 30 Minutes

The solution should be left on the grout for a minimum of 30 minutes. If you can leave it for longer, it’ll work even better.

Clean, Rinse, and Seal

Next, it’s time to get into the scrubbing action. Use an old toothbrush or stiff brush and focus on scrubbing one section at a time. Keep a wet towel nearby to wipe as you go. After that, use water to rinse it and let it dry before you apply a sealant.

Get Professional Floor Care and Maintenance

Cleaning your floors can be tedious and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be when you hire our team at Rome Flooring to do it for you. We provide professional floor care and maintenance services for a wide range of floors, including ceramic. And floors are what we specialize in, so you can feel confident in our work and results.

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