How to Keep Your Floor Tiles Spic and Span

The problem with every clean home is that, eventually, it’s going to need cleaning again. Floor tiles, given that they’re underfoot and often out of mind, are in particular danger of becoming rather filthy as time goes on. Whether it’s mud, dust, dropped food, general grime or anything else that your family choose to throw at it, eventually your floor is going to need a good scrubbing. So how can you get the best look from your floor tiles? There’s a wide variation of tile materials and textures, so we’ll try and be as broad as we can.

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Firstly grooved or wooden tiles are going to be tougher to clean than ceramic or glass tiles. This is simply because there’re more areas for dirty and filth to build up in and those areas are also protected from scrubbing. The result is that cleaning these tiles will require a little more effort, and may also need help from a tooth brush or scour. If you’re using a tooth brush, you should naturally make sure it’s one that’s not going to be used afterwards.

Make sure your choice of cleaning tools does not damage your tiles! Be forceful, but don’t scrub so hard that you start to wear the tiles away.

Usually most stains can be removed simply by using warm soapy water and a clean cloth. For tiles with smooth surfaces, one or two swipes are more than sufficient to remove all but the most stubborn stains. Another solution you may wish to try is water mixed with a little vinegar and baking soda. The mixture makes the water a little more effective at removing particularly tough stains, and can quickly make your tiles gleaming like new. Just be careful not to scrub away the grout in between the tiles, as that can reduce the tiles’ integrity.

Wooden tiles suffer a danger from certain solutions and chemical cleaners however, given their organic nature. Wood, at the end of the day, is a lot less durable than stone or ceramics. Always check the bottle before using it to clean wooden floor tiles, and if necessary either use warm water -- which should still do the trick -- or a specialised solution.

Once your tiles have been cleaned, you should always wipe them down with a dry cloth afterwards. This helps soak up excess water, which could stain or damage your floor tiles, and also gives tiles with a smooth surface a glossier sheen. You may wish to polish such floor tiles afterwards as well, if they’re in a place that’s likely to be seen by visitors often, such as a guest bathroom.

For further information about floor tiles, or to browse their selection, then please visit the website of Crown Tiles, and see for yourself just how you can make your home much more homely.

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