Tile flooring brings added beauty and long-lasting durability to your home's interior. But when you get a new tile floor installed, it is important to know how to take care of it in order to keep its appearance up. Here are some tips to protect, clean, and maintain your home's tile.
When you first install a new tile flooring, before you think your installation job is completed, don't forget to seal the grout lines of your tiles. Because the grout is a porous and rough material, it can collect dirt and become stained, which can cause its appearance to darken, so it needs to be protected.
Apply a grout sealer over your tile's grout lines to protect them from absorbing stains and collecting dirt. Be sure you do this shortly after installing your tile. Then, when you use a cleaner to clean your tile floors with anything other than water, be sure the cleaning agent is safe to use on the grout sealer.
You can add further protection to your tile by placing rubber-backed floor mats or rugs on areas that undergo high traffic. This can help keep down tracked in outdoor debris in your home's entryway and keep the tile there and in front of your stove free of dirt and grease build-up.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Just as with any floor surface in your home, you should clean your tile frequently to keep its surface free of dirt, debris, and build-up from materials you may track into your home. Removing dirt and sand particles from your tile floor is essential for preventing it from becoming scratched over time and leading to a dull and dirty appearance. Although your tile is made of a durable stone or ceramic material, it can still receive abrasive damage from small and sharp particles.
Sweep your floor with a broom or use a vacuum and a hard floor nozzle to remove particles of debris. You can also use a wet mop a few times each week to clear off and lift mud stains and loose particles. If you choose to use a cleaning solution to help clean your tile floors, be sure the solution does not contain any coloring, as this can cause discoloration in your grout and tile.
If your grout does become dirty, don't use a bleach cleaner to remove the stain. You can remove the stain with a toothbrush and all-purpose cleaner. You can also mix up a cleaning solution of vinegar and water with baking soda as an added help.
If a more in-depth cleaning becomes necessary, contact a cleaning service like Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Inc to learn more.