The tile floors in your home provide a certain level of comfort; beauty and décor, so it is important to keep them looking their best so your home can continue to look and feel beautiful. Tile floors are typically found in most kitchens and bathrooms, along with other areas of the home due to their durability and water resistance. Homeowners often make the incorrect assumption that tile is indestructible and requires little to no upkeep at all. Unfortunately, tile floors are not damage proof and if they are not properly maintained the surface of your tile floor will become dull, and susceptible to stains, mildew and corrosion.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals When Cleaning Your Tile Floors
One of the biggest mistakes made when it comes to cleaning tile floors is using a cleaning agent that is much too strong for the job. When homeowners use bleach and ammonia based cleaners on their tile floor, they are doing more damage than they realize. The chemicals that are in these types of cleaners are damaging your floors, while at first it may appear they are actually working quite well, but do not be fooled. Over time, bleach and ammonia will discolor and wear down your tile’s finish and even the grout as well. The best way to keep your tile floor clean is to hire a professional floor cleaning service.
Don’t Wait to Clean up Stains and Spills Off the Tile Floors
Cleaning up a spill right after it happens is the best way to prevent permanent staining from happening. Spills that are allowed to sit on the surface of your tile for long amounts of time are going to seep into the pores of your tile and stain your grout as well. Even tile and grout that has been sealed can fall victim to a spill or pet accident if not cleaned up immediately. Act quickly after a spill occurs to prevent any type of permanent damage to your tile floor.
Don’t Use a Vacuum on Your Tile Floors
One of the worst steps you can take when cleaning your tile floor is vacuuming over them. The metal beater bar on your vacuum can scratch and damage the surface of your tile floor permanently. There are some vacuums that have the option of a bare floor setting. If you have a vacuum that has this setting, then vacuuming your tile floor is acceptable as the beater bar is lifted and will not have any contact with your floor.