When it comes to floor cleaning, ceramic tile is one of the easiest surfaces to maintain. All you need are basic cleaning tools, a little common household cleaner, and water. The only way it could be easier would be if someone else did the cleaning for you!
Many manufacturers recommend using an all-purpose cleaner, like Mr. Clean, Spic ‘n Span, or Lysol, for example. One of the owners of www.fastfloors.com has gotten excellent results on surfaces and grout with Colgate’s Fabuloso®. Be advised, though, that cleaners containing acids or ammonia should not be used on some surfaces. Another consideration when choosing a tile cleaning product is that the cleaner should also be compatible with grout. Of course, it is always best to check your flooring manufacturer’s recommendations.
For light cleaning of ceramic tile, follow these typical steps:
For heavily soiled floors, let the cleaning mixture soak into the dirt for 5-10 minutes before mopping or scrubbing. Clean small areas at a time and do not let the cleaning solution dry on the tile. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly before cleaning another. More difficult dirt and stains may require scrubbing with a nylon pad or brush.
To reduce the likelihood of stains and heavy soil buildup, follow these simple steps:
Using the suggestions above and by following your flooring manufacturer’s recommendations, you’ll keep that shine on your new tile…for a good, long while.