You know that feeling when you return home after a long day of work, school or errands to find your floors are still dirty? You try mopping them but the floor doesn’t look clean. You may have already used all your mop water and dish soap in an attempt to clean it. If this is the case, you’re not alone!
There’s nothing worse than coming back from what feels like a successful day only to realize your house looks messier than before. It can be frustrating and discouraging for both children and adults alike.
This article will teach you how to properly care for your floor tiles so they remain spotless without having to spend hours scrubbing away at them!
What type of floor tiles do I have?
First you need to determine what kind of floor tiles you have. Do you have ceramic, stone or porcelain tiles? You need to know this so you can pick the right cleaner for your floors.
You might be wondering why knowing what kind of floor tiles you have is important. It’s because each flooring material has a different composition and needs a different cleaning method to ensure the safety, longevity and health of your floors.
Ceramic tiles, for instance, are more porous than stone or porcelain tiles which is why they need specific types of cleaners. Stone and porcelain tiles are made up of minerals, which means they are resistant to moisture which is why you can clean them with water.
For safer, long-lasting results, always read the label on your floor tiles or ask a professional before using an alternative cleaning method.
How Dirty Is Your Floor?
It’s important to know how dirty your floors are before you start cleaning. Why is this so important?
If you have a dirty floor, the cleaner will not be able to penetrate through all the dirt and grime which means your floors will still look dirty, even after you clean them.
If your floors are relatively dirt-free, the water and soap will be able to penetrate the surface which is why you’ll be able to see your floors more clearly after they’ve dried.
What do I need to clean my floor tiles?
Before tackling your dirty floor tiles, you need to consider what types of cleaners you’re going to use. Vinegar, baking soda and dish soap are all great cleaning alternatives that can be just as effective as traditional floor cleaners.
Vinegar has a low pH which means it contains acids that can easily break down dirt and grime.
Baking soda is alkaline which means it has the ability to clean the surface of dirt, grease and grime.
Dish soap is formulated to break down oil which means it’s great for removing grease and oil stains that accumulate on your floor tiles.
You can choose one, two or all three of these options to clean your floors so pick the ones that work best for you and your floors.
The Cleaning Process
Once you’ve gathered all the materials, it’s time to start cleaning!
You can choose to use one, two or all three of the cleaners mentioned earlier. For this example, we’ll be using baking soda, vinegar and dish soap. If your floor is still wet from washing it, be sure to allow it to dry before cleaning your tiles. The floor needs to be dry so the cleaners can penetrate the surface and dissolve dirt, grease and grime.
Take your cleaning solution of choice and liberally apply it to the surface. For stubborn stains, allow the cleaner to sit on your floor for up to five minutes so it can break down dirt, grease and grime.
If you have stubborn stains on your floor, sprinkle some baking soda directly onto the surface and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then, scrub the baking soda into the stains with a wet scrub brush or rag and rinse off with warm water.
Once the dirt and grime has dissolved, use a wet sponge or rag to wipe away the cleaner. You can also use a dry cloth or paper towel to soak up excess water.
Once your floors are completely dry, check them for any streaks. If you see any streaks, it means your floor tiles aren’t completely clean. There’s still dirt left on the surface which is why you’re seeing streaks.
Wipe your floor with a dry cloth or paper towels to remove any excess water and moisture. Then, use fresh cleaner and clean the floor again.
How To Maintain A Clean Floor?
Now, it’s time to take a look at your newly clean floor tiles and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. There are many ways you can maintain your newly cleaned floors to prevent dirt, grime and stains from building up.
As mentioned earlier, you can use vinegar solutions or baking soda to clean your floors. You can also use dish soap for this purpose as well. If you don’t want to clean your floors with vinegar, baking soda and dish soap, there are floor cleaners you can buy at the store.
Finally, the best way to clean your floors is to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place. That means when you or your kids are cooking, be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. If you have pets, try to train them to use a certain area of your home as a bathroom. You can also train them to use a litter box for this purpose as well.
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