Ceramic tiles are not only known for its resistance to
various elements, it is relatively easy to clean too. With proper maintenance, they can last a long time. Here are 3 steps to keep ceramic tiles clean and shiny:
Gorgeous gray ceramic tiles in a modern kitchen.
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1. Sweep or vacuum
Dirt adheres easily to the surface of ceramic tile, especially styles with textured surfaces. Regular sweeping and vacuuming loosens and removes most dirt. This would also keep the tiles from getting dull. When using a vacuum cleaner, make sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid scratching and dulling the tiles. Vacuum cleaner attachments are great to suck up dirt along edges or in between tiles. This would prevent dirt and debris before it can become embedded between the tiles or grout.
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2. Get Rid of Residue
If your tiles look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Sand and grit can also dull glazed surfaces. Remove the film of dirt with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a mild acid — such as fresh lemon juice — on ceramic tiles (but never on marble). You can also mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser. If you have children or pets, you may not want to use harsh chemicals, and this is a wonderful alternative.
You might want to inform your part time maid of this handy tip.
Use a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop. The latter pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes them harder to clean. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor. Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water, and buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Be kind to your knees and dry tiles the easy way: by using your foot to slide the cloth over the floor. Mopping with warm water and using a manufacturer-recommended cleaning product enhances your tile’s gloss, shine, and color.
A chamois mop
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3. Clean the grout
Grout is the substance that fills in the gaps between floor tiles. The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains, making it look discolored over time. When this happens, it detracts from the beauty of your floor. But worry not, many stains are on the surface of the grout and are removable with sandpaper. Simply fold the sandpaper into a crease, and work it back and forth along the grout line. If sandpaper doesn’t work, you may have better results by applying a pencil eraser.
Sandpaper to clean the grout.
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If sandpaper or an eraser fails to remove the stains and dirt, you may need to remove and replace the grout. Use a grout-removal tool or a rotary tool with a carbide tip. After you install new grout, seal it with a grout sealer to reduce the possibility of future stains setting in. Reapply sealer once every two years.
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You will find that if you regularly maintain the condition of the grout, it is easier to clean and remove stains from it than other surfaces such as laminate. It’s tedious work though because there could be a lot of grout to maintain. We would advice that you clear out the stains as soon as you see them to make your cleaning tasks easier. This way you’ll avoid having to hire cleaning services for tasks like this.
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