The Secrets to Getting those Floor Tiles to Sparkle

When you have your dream kitchen or bathroom you are then faced with the difficult task of maintaining it and keeping those floor  tiles looking clean and shiny.

The Secrets to Getting those Floor Tiles to Sparkle With both the kitchen and bathroom busy areas in the home, grit and grimme can get stuck easily get stuck between those floor tiles, leaving the tiles to also fade over time.

Here are some secrets on getting those floor tiles to sparkle so they look good in time for Christmas and the New Year.

Make sure you sweep and vacuum the floors at least 3 times a week before filling a bucket of warm water  and using a cleaning solution suitable for the type of tile and dirt you have on your floor tiles.

Ceramic tiles for your floor

Ceramic tiles only require a damp mop to help clean them, however, if they are reall mucky, you should try mixing 1/2 cup of white vinegar with one gallon of warm water. This will cut out the amount of grease and deodorizes stuck on your floor. Dry the floor to give your tiles a shine by using a mop or an old towel.

Vinyl floor tiles

Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with one gallon of warm water. Wring your mop well (twice is best), and then apply to the floor.

Stone Tiles

When cleaning stone tiles they usually require extra attension and need to be cleaned with a special pH neutral cleaner. Don’t use vinegar as acids will destroy marble tiles!

If you want a homemade alternative to a special stone floor cleaner, try mixing;

  • 1 Tbs. Murphy Oil Soap
  • 2 gallons warm water

Rinse out your bucket with plain water to remove the soap residue and use a shine mop (or towel) to dry the tile afterwards to give the stone tile that dazzling shine.

How to remove Wax from Tile Floors

If you have wax build-up and are looking for an alternative to commercial strippers, you can make your own version with;

  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • 1 gallon of warm water

Before using cleaning detergents on your floor tiles make sure you have a stiff scrub brush handy or invest in one as this will help remove the wax, so only apply the solution to one area of the floor at a time.

If you are looking to update your bathroom, or kitchen floor tiles or wall tiles look no further than Crown Tiles who stock a stunning range of tiles including, glass, porcelain, quarry and natural floor tiles. If these don’t take your fancy, why not opt for traditional unique floor tile products such as marble, slate and travertine tiles. Call Freephone: 0800 156 0756 for advice on tile options or advice on tile maintanance or click here for useful  “How to tips”.

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