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How to Clean Your Tile Floors

Cleaning-Tile-Floor The secret to keeping your floor looking brand new is the proper cleaning technique. While tile has a variety of different styles and textures, all share a common problem when it comes to cleaning. Is the surface of your tile cloudy? Is your grout black? No matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to find a way to get your tile back to the way you want. Learning a few tips and tricks on how to clean and maintain your tile floor can prevent future repair and installation problems. By reading the information below, you will understand how to bring your cloudy tile back to life, giving it the sparkle and shine you haven’t seen since installation.

If you are contemplating whether you should choose tile floors for your home, read Floor Tiles 101: A Designer’s Dream Floor and read through all of the benefits that are behind this popular flooring.



Types of Tile


Each type of tile carries its own advantages and disadvantages upon installation. It helps if you know the differences between particular tiles before understanding why some might be more challenging to clean than others. Although you may think all tile flooring falls under the same category, there are different features that make some better than others. Each type of tile serves its own purpose and brings its own individual style to a room. If you have considered tile flooring for your home, take a look at just a few of the different tiles we offer here at Imperial Wholesale.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is known most commonly for its toughness and high quality appearance. The popular tile is offered in a variety of styles, making the possibility of designs limitless. Porcelain can be easily cleaned with a wet towel or sponge to eliminate debris and dirt. Although this particular tile can be difficult to scratch, you still want to avoid using steel wool and scouring pads.

Porcelain tiles are not recommended for outside flooring because of its water absorption rate. If you live in a colder state (obviously not Arizona) the water can freeze and begin to crack. If that’s the case, you may want to gear your interest towards a more natural stone tiling, such as granite or quartz.

Read our article on the Top 2 Flooring Options for Your Outdoor Patio if you are looking for the perfect stone for your backyard!

Marble Tile

Marble is considered one of the most beautiful flooring options on the market today. The different designs on each slab really gives each square foot a look of its own. With one continuous floor made up of marble, you won’t go through the trouble of cleaning grout. You will have to take the time to polish and keep up with marble more so than other tiles, but this gives your floor a polished and elegant appearance.

Get all you need to know about marble by reading Floors to walls: all you need to know about marble flooring and wall tiling.

Granite Tile

Durability at its finest! Granite is a natural stone, making it nearly impossible to break. Even with the flow of heavy traffic, this flooring can last a lifetime! Like many other flooring options, granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to match with colorful furniture or appliances. Granite can be easily cleaned with mild soap and warm water, while remaining bacteria resistant.

Read the Designer Flooring Quality and Style at Wholesale Prices and see why Imperial Wholesale offers the best tile in town.

How to Clean Your Tile floor


Dirt and spills are unavoidable to a tile’s surface, but taking the appropriate steps to minimize the mess can save you lots of time while doing the kitchen duties.

Find out why so many homes have tile flooring in Arizona and find out why the upkeep is worth an investment in tile.

The Basics of Cleaning Tile

The Basics of tile cleaning are simple and should be done almost every day to avoid further messes and the accumulation of dirt. While sweeping works fine for most people, cleaning companies have made it easier than ever by providing vacuums that work on hard surface floors. Where sweeping may leave dust behind, the vacuum can eliminate the process of spreading dirt. Begin with the basics and your overall kitchen duties will be a lot easier when it comes time to deep clean your tile!
  1. Sweep or vacuum your tile’s surface
  2. Mop with warm water and detergent
  3. Run a dry mop over the clean area once dry
Tip: Always clean up spills immediately with a disinfectant cleaner. In a kitchen, you are unlimited to the possibility of messes including surgery juices, raw meat, dirt, and more. Depending on what type of tile you have, the grout will soak up the spill, causing the sticky surfaces we all hate! Try to use the least amount of disinfectant as possible, because it can potentially degrade or stain tile flooring. Remember, just quickly spray and wipe away!

Deep Cleaning your Tile Floors

You were a great homeowner and stayed on top of your basic tile cleaning duties. Unfortunately, there comes a time where a deep cleaning is due, no matter how many times you’ve swept your floors. With tile, you don’t want to resort to harsh cleaners that may potentially damage your tile. That’s why we recommend using a cleaner you can easily find at any grocery store, vinegar! (This should not be used on marble flooring)
  1. Sweep or vacuum the tile’s surface.
  2. Mix one (1) gallon of warm water and ½ cup of vinegar.
  3. Using the vinegar water you mixed, mop your floor as usual until it is as clean as you like.
  4. Rinse the floor with clean warm water to remove any residual soap.
  5. Let dry.
The Marble Institute of America provide a detailed care and cleaning guide for marble flooring.

Remove Stains on Tile Floors

Oh no! You spilled your orange juice and didn’t realize until after the spill has dried, leaving a sticky substance behind. In just four easy steps, you can return your once sticky stained tile to a clean and polished look.
  1. Prepare a paste by mixing half water and half of scouring powder.
  2. Allow the paste to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Scrub the area with a soft brush.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a cloth and warm water.
  5. Repeat until stain is gone.

Cleaning Tile Grout

One of the hardest parts about cleaning your tile flooring is the grout! You can consistently keep the surfaces of your tile clean, but dark discolored grout can really make a difference in the overall look of your floor. But how do you get in between each tile to do so? Here are a few steps that help brighten your grout to its natural color.
  1. Prepare a paste with baking soda and water.
  2. With the use of gloves, apply the paste to the grout with your finger.
  3. Use an old toothbrush and begin to softly scrub the dirty grout.
  4. For hard to remove stains, allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.
  5. Rinse area with warm water.
For tougher stains that are harder to remove, you can repeat the same process using bleach (FOR WHITE GROUT ONLY):
  1. Prepare a paste with 75/25 bleach and water. Be sure to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in any bleach.
  2. With the use of gloves, apply the paste to the grout with your finger carefully. Do not get the solution on the surface of the tile.
  3. Apply the paste to an old toothbrush and begin to softly scrub the dirty grout.
  4. For hard to remove stains, allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.
  5. Rinse area with warm water.
  6. Apply a coat of grout sealer to further prevent the grout from absorbing dirt in the future.

Conclusion


Nobody likes a dirty floor! Keep your tile and grout spot-free by following the necessary tile cleaning methods mentioned above. A clean floor means no accumulation of dirt or growth of bacteria, and reduces the risk of cracks that can lead to costly repairs. Make your home a pleasant place to live for yourself, while giving your guests a great place to visit. Take care of your tile floors by cleaning them the right way. For tile installations or any questions you may have about your flooring, call the experts at Imperial Wholesale by dialing 480-986-6900.