When it comes to tiled flooring, then porcelain is a top favourite for many because of the versatility, beauty and low-maintenance of the material. Made from natural particles, porcelain is a ceramic shaped and fired at very high temperatures in a kiln.
The firing gives the ceramic its unrivalled durability and resiliency. Once installed, the tiles are glazed to give them a protective barrier making them impervious to various elements; shielding them from chemicals, dirt, stains, and water. While praised for the easy maintenance, it is essential to observe several steps that help preserve the appearance of the tiles.
Never give dirt and spills free reign over your tile floors, this is one of the most paramount rules of cleaning these surfaces.
The unsightliness of the spills or even dirt tracks should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
A cloth or mop and a mild household detergent mixed with hot water are enough to get rid of the spots. However, be sure to test the tile cleaning solution on a small area before using it on the entire floor. You also should consider getting recommended cleaning products from the tile manufacturer.
The simplest things you can do to observe such maintenance is sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the surface with a damp cloth or mop.
Sweep to loosen any dirt and debris on the tiles and grout and then vacuum before mopping using warm water and the correct cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer. You can also give the tiles some shine to enhance the colour and overall appearance.
Regarding what to use for cleaning the floors, water is one of the most effective cleaning product to use that is in abundance in the home.
Adding a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water to enhance it as a cleaning agent. It is an ideal option that eliminates the risk of using harsh chemicals that may pose health risks to the kids or pets.
Ceramic tiles are held in place by grout, which is typically white. Over time, and with exposure to the elements, this can become discoloured and dingy. When this happens, it detracts from the beauty of your floor.
Your efforts to preserve the beauty of the tiles should extend to the grout which gradually discolours with time. As such, it is vital that the grout is sealed after the tiles are installed and then reseal after a while. The seal is a barrier that protects the grout from stains, water, and dirt.
When cleaning dirty grout, use a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide in equal parts. Use a toothbrush to scrub off the stains. Well maintained grout is easier to clean compared to laminate and other surfaces.
While cleaning is vital for preserving the overall appearance of the tile floors, the ceramic tiles have some excellent resistances to dirt and stains and are not hard to clean. In short, they have unique hygienic qualities and a beauty that is low maintenance.
The right way of handling tiles that mimic wood is to dust and mop them to prevent the dirt particles from settling in the grooves of the tiles making them look muted.
For stubborn stains, use a slightly rough cloth, dip it in a degreaser that has a mild buffered acid and use it to wipe off the stains and finish off the job with an appropriate polisher.
Floor cleaning should be done correctly using the right products and techniques. Remember to rinse the surface and dry it using a microfiber cloth.
Keep in mind that water is the most common cleaning product used and that other substances are only used when dealing with tough, stubborn stains and dirt.