How to clean tiles

Tile floors are durable and perfect flooring options for areas where water is frequently used like bathroom, laundry or kitchen. Whether the tile is ceramic, porcelain or stone, cleaning it correctly will help the floor look better and last longer. Since we as a business are focused on nature, health and ecology we will also propose the same treatments for tile cleaning.

Simple but effective

In addition to the kitchen, a bathroom is definitely a place in the home where the highest level of hygiene is required. By installing ceramic tiles, which are the most common choice for lining walls and floors in these rooms, the first prerequisite for simple, effective daily cleanliness is fulfilled. When cleaning tiles, the rule is: do not use aggressive and abrasive agents! This will prevent scratches on the surface of the tiles, especially those with a glossy glaze. Also, it is not recommended to use a cleaner containing oils since they can leave deposits on the tiles.

How often to clean tile floors

Your cleaning schedule for tile floors will depend on how much traffic passes through the rooms. Of course, spills from food or other products should be cleaned up immediately.

For most of us, the floors should be swept or vacuumed every couple of days. This will remove the grit that scratches the floor and helps prevent hair and dust build-up in corners and grout lines. Floors should be mopped weekly to prevent grime build-up.

Tile cleaning tips

How to clean tiles

Most of the ceramic and natural stone tiles are scratch-resistant, spills wipe away easily, and they come in designer options that will fit any decor.

What You Need

Supplies

  • For ceramic tile floors: Commercial all-purpose cleaner or dishwashing liquid
  • For natural stone tile floors: Non-acidic, alkaline-based cleaner
  • Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or oxygen-based bleach powder

Tools

  • Broom, dry dust mop or vacuum
  • Wet mop
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Two buckets

Instructions

1. Get Rid of the Loose Dirt

Always begin by sweeping, vacuuming, or dry dust mopping the floor to remove grit and loose dirt.

2. Clean Stained Grout

While tiles are generally acid and alkali resistant, this may not be the case with joints. They can also be damaged by the use of a steam cleaner, so it is necessary to choose a cleaning agent that protects the grout at the same time. For the gloss of the tiles and the purity and preservation of the joints, try the following ‘recipe’: dissolve half a case of baking soda in seven hours of water, add one-third of a case of lemon juice and one-quarter of a case of alcoholic vinegar. Use a sponge or brush to treat the joints, and to give it a new shine, you can use the tiles. Effective, just like industrial cleaners, but incomparably more acceptable for health, the environment and home budgets.

Learn more about tile grout.

Warning

Avoid the use of chlorine bleach on grout because long-term use can cause the grout to erode and break down.

3. Wet Mop

Always remember to use the appropriate cleaner for your type of tile floor if you are buying one in the store and follow the package directions on how to mix with water. Remember, using less cleaner is usually a good choice; excess product on the floor leaves it feeling sticky and that attracts even more soil.

On the other hand, if you want to use more natural ingredients we have a few tips you can follow.

You can find these ingredients in every kitchen, and they are all that you will need to maintain your bathroom hygiene naturally. Alcoholic vinegar is a universally useful cleanser that resolves grease stains and stubborn limescale but also counteracts odours. In combination with lemon juice and salt, vinegar can be used on anything but stone and marble surfaces.

The universal bathroom cleaner, which also eliminates bacteria, can be prepared in a spray bottle by pouring one-third of vinegar, 10-15 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil, a little liquid detergent and fill the rest with water.

Baking soda is its abrasive agent that cleans perfectly and leaves a fresh scent. Melted in warm water, baking soda is the right solution for hygienically clean tiles, toilets, but also for the bins, shower curtain, mirror… Lemon juice is versatile – whitens, disinfects, dissolves limescale and leaves a fresh scent, so you can use it in the bathroom without restriction.

4. Rinse the Floor

After mopping with the cleaning solution, rinse the mop well and use plain water to rinse away any soapy residue that may be left. Allow to air dry.

Tips to keep your tiles looking good

Keep spares for tile repairs

When you first buy tiles it’s important to keep a few spare for repairs, just in case of any unforeseen damage. If you are planning to tile additional areas with the same tiles, order them now to ensure consistency of shade as tiles vary slightly between batches.

Protect your tiles

Use felt gliders under your furniture to prevent potential scratching. Doormats are a must have for any entrance to catch dust and grit before it makes a way into your home.

Maintain your tiles

Tiles are hard-wearing, eco-friendly and they do not dent or stain as easily as other flooring materials. With some simple protection measures and light regular cleaning your tiles will last, and look fantastic, for many years to come!

We’re always happy to hear from you so if you need some help please contact us at 0224584524 or fill out a form below and one of our experienced tilers will get back to you shortly.

Tile floors are durable and perfect flooring options for areas where water is frequently used like bathroom, laundry or kitchen. Whether the tile is ceramic, porcelain or stone, cleaning it correctly will help the floor look better and last longer. Since we as a business are focused on nature, health and ecology we will also propose the same treatments for tile cleaning.

Simple but effective

In addition to the kitchen, a bathroom is definitely a place in the home where the highest level of hygiene is required. By installing ceramic tiles, which are the most common choice for lining walls and floors in these rooms, the first prerequisite for simple, effective daily cleanliness is fulfilled. When cleaning tiles, the rule is: do not use aggressive and abrasive agents! This will prevent scratches on the surface of the tiles, especially those with a glossy glaze. Also, it is not recommended to use a cleaner containing oils since they can leave deposits on the tiles.

How often to clean tile floors

Your cleaning schedule for tile floors will depend on how much traffic passes through the rooms. Of course, spills from food or other products should be cleaned up immediately.

For most of us, the floors should be swept or vacuumed every couple of days. This will remove the grit that scratches the floor and helps prevent hair and dust build-up in corners and grout lines. Floors should be mopped weekly to prevent grime build-up.

Tile cleaning tips

How to clean ceramic and natural stone tile floors

Most of the ceramic and natural stone tiles are scratch-resistant, spills wipe away easily, and they come in designer options that will fit any decor.

What You Need

Supplies

  • For ceramic tile floors: Commercial all-purpose cleaner or dishwashing liquid
  • For natural stone tile floors: Non-acidic, alkaline-based cleaner
  • Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or oxygen-based bleach powder

Tools

  • Broom, dry dust mop or vacuum
  • Wet mop
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Two buckets

Instructions

1. Get Rid of the Loose Dirt

Always begin by sweeping, vacuuming, or dry dust mopping the floor to remove grit and loose dirt.

2. Clean Stained Grout

While tiles are generally acid and alkali resistant, this may not be the case with joints. They can also be damaged by the use of a steam cleaner, so it is necessary to choose a cleaning agent that protects the joints at the same time. For the gloss of the tiles and the purity and preservation of the joints, try the following ‘recipe’: dissolve half a case of baking soda in seven hours of water, add one-third of a case of lemon juice and one-quarter of a case of alcoholic vinegar. Use a sponge or brush to treat the joints, and to give it a new shine, you can use the tiles. Effective, just like industrial cleaners, but incomparably more acceptable for health, the environment and home budgets.

Learn more about tile grout.

Warning

Avoid the use of chlorine bleach on grout because long-term use can cause the grout to erode and break down.

3. Wet Mop

Always remember to use the appropriate cleaner for your type of tile floor if you are buying one in the store and follow the package directions on how to mix with water. Remember, using less cleaner is usually a good choice; excess product on the floor leaves it feeling sticky and that attracts even more soil.

On the other hand, if you want to use more natural ingredients we have a few tips you can follow.

You can find these ingredients in every kitchen, and they are all that you will need to maintain your bathroom hygiene naturally. Alcoholic vinegar is a universally useful cleanser that resolves grease stains and stubborn limescale but also counteracts odours. In combination with lemon juice and salt, vinegar can be used on anything but stone and marble surfaces.

The universal bathroom cleaner, which also eliminates bacteria, can be prepared in a spray bottle by pouring one-third of vinegar, 10-15 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil, a little liquid detergent and fill the rest with water.

Baking soda is its abrasive agent that cleans perfectly and leaves a fresh scent. Melted in warm water, baking soda is the right solution for hygienically clean tiles, toilets, but also for the bins, shower curtain, mirror… Lemon juice is versatile – whitens, disinfects, dissolves limescale and leaves a fresh scent, so you can use it in the bathroom without restriction.

4. Rinse the Floor

After mopping with the cleaning solution, rinse the mop well and use plain water to rinse away any soapy residue that may be left. Allow to air dry.

Tips to keep your tiles looking good

Keep spares for tile repairs

When you first buy tiles it’s important to keep a few spare for repairs, just in case of any unforeseen damage. If you are planning to tile additional areas with the same tiles, order them now to ensure consistency of shade as tiles vary slightly between batches.

Protect your tiles

Use felt gliders under your furniture to prevent potential scratching. Doormats are a must have for any entrance to catch dust and grit before it makes a way into your home.

Maintain your tiles

Tiles are hard-wearing, eco-friendly and they do not dent or stain as easily as other flooring materials. With some simple protection measures and light regular cleaning your tiles will last, and look fantastic, for many years to come!

We’re always happy to hear from you so if you need some help please contact us at 0224584524 or fill out a form below and one of our experienced tilers will get back to you shortly.