Floor Maintenance Tips

Ceramic and porcelain tile floors are popular home flooring options. Whether it’s a gleaming glossy sheen or sophisticated matte finish, a tiled floor perfectly combines style with function. As such, floor tiles are a practical choice for any busy domestic home. Tiles by design are resilient, durable and capable of withstanding all the foot traffic in your home. Besides this, the elegance of a tiled floor means that it will always be an impressive flooring choice in any interior design project. As strong and durable as tiles are, they are not without their care and maintenance needs. If you want to keep your tile flooring looking its best, then here are some smart tile floor care and maintenance tips to help.

Tile floor care and maintenance tips

Basic maintenance for floor tiles

From food stains to more serious scratches, the nature of domestic life can quickly tarnish a pristine tiled floor. The easy-to-clean design of floor tiles will mean that your flooring will require less effort when it comes to general maintenance. However, regular upkeep is essential as direct contact with loose dirt and debris will, over time, wear away the finish of the flooring. As such, frequently sweep and mop your tile floor. Also, consider laying mats and rugs at each doorway. Lastly, remove excess dirt to prevent damage and keep your floors gleaming for a significantly longer period of time.

Remove grease and organic stains

Any residential property will be prone to a build-up of grease, especially in kitchen and dining spaces. This is primarily due to exposure to cooking oils and food waste. These residues often require something a little more abrasive than your day-to-day neutral detergent.

Deep clean tile flooring

While regular maintenance may leave a floor looking clean and blemish-free, attending to the tougher spots is essential in order to preserve the overall finish. The dirt dissolving solution you use when deep cleaning will depend on the type of floor tile, so always check that the cleaning products are suitable for your floor tiles.

Get to grips with grout

The stain-resistant surface that comes with tile flooring means it’s often the grout that detracts from the overall effect of a gleaming floor. Working in a paste of baking soda and water into the grout lines will leave your tiles looking defined with a crisp and clean border. Avoid scrubbing powers and steel wool where possible. These highly abrasive materials can permanently scratch the tile surface. Instead, consider naturally brightening up grout lines with a soft bristle brush or white pencil eraser.

Replace damaged tiles

Noticeable scratches can accumulate dirt and distract the eye from a beautiful tile floor. As such, scratch repairs are essential for tile flooring. While a crack that extends to the white of the tile will most likely need to be replaced, minor scuffs and scratches can be buffed out.

Ask guests to remove shoes

Finally, taking precautionary measures will make it even easier to prevent scratches. Asking guests to remove their outdoor shoes as they enter your home means you can keep any dirt and debris well away from your tile floor. Find a cute way to ask, don’t be rude about it!

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