To keep your tile floor happy and gorgeous, it doesn’t require much from you other than giving it a little attention and care. Luckily, tile isn’t as high maintenance as other types of flooring like wood.
To keep your tile floor looking spiffy and safe from damage, you must keep it free from dirt and grime as it happens. A mild soap and water mixture work well when using a damp cloth to clean up spills and light dirt. To avoid damage from pet claws, be sure to keep your pet’s nails clipped as well.
Be proactive in keeping your tile protected from abrasive particles, including dust, debris, and sand, by committing to a weekly vacuuming or dust mopping schedule. Most vacuums come with a hard floor setting, although dust mopping can be easier on your floors. Try to avoid using a stiff broom on the tile as it can scratch and mar it.
Commit to deep cleaning of your tile every few months to keep it in tip-top shape. Pay more attention to cleaning the grout during these times by using a mild non-abrasive cleaner and a soft brush. If not covered with floor coverings, high traffic areas may need more care and deep cleaning more often. Avoid the use of harsh chemicals that will damage tile, including bleach, ammonia, and scouring agents.
The entry, back door, kitchen, hallways, and living rooms are high traffic areas where tile floors can take a beating. To alleviate the stress on your tile, place doormats and area rugs in these areas. Not only will they enhance your flooring, but they will also add softness underfoot. Ideally, you’ll want to add a rug pad under any floor coverings to protect your tile even further.
Sliding furniture on tile is sure to damage it and grout beyond repair. To prevent this, add cushy feet pads under all your furniture. Your tile and furniture will thank you. Furniture pads can be purchased in both round and square types from your local hardware or superstore.
While maintaining works wonders after installation, it is imperative that you proactively seal your grout before use. Don’t focus your attention entirely on your tile, that grout needs sealing to keep it from deteriorating.