4 common tile cleaning mistakes
December 3, 2014
Your floors are one of the most expensive items in your home, but they are also typically one of the most neglected. Having a clean tile floor not only makes your house look more fresh and inviting, it also makes your house a cleaner and healthier place to live.
To keep your grout and tiles looking like they did the day that they were installed, you need to invest some time in regular cleaning. It is essential to consistently hire a professional cleaner to help give your tiles a deep clean and remove any stubborn dirt, stains, bacteria, and to keep your floor looking great.
However, personal maintenance is a key tool when it comes to preserving your tiles and ensuring that you prolong the life of your investment. From routine vacuuming and mopping through to intensive scrubbing, believe it or not there are right and wrong ways to do it.
At Parklane Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning, we are all too familiar with the results of incorrect cleaning methods or neglect of grout and tiles. Although some of this damage can be irreversible, prevention is typically very simple.
Here are our top four most common tile and grout cleaning mistakes:
1) Leaving spills sit on tiles and grout for too long
Whether your tiles are indoors, outdoors, porcelain or natural stone, no tile is completely stain proof. Though many of them may be stain resistant, spills will need to be cleaned up as quickly as possibly to prevent any unwanted stains from soaking into your tile or grout. This common mistake can be even more harmful to your grout and tiles if they are not sealed. Sealing high traffic areas will not only prolong the life of your floor, it will also give you a longer reaction time for spills and stain prevention.
2) Attempting to clean tiles and grout with excessive scrubbing and harsh chemicals
Put away the steel wool, scrubbing brushes, and harsh chemicals. The myth behind scrubbing tiles until they’re squeaky clean is just that, a myth. You’re tiles need TLC, not tough love. Make sure you soft mops, cloths, and appropriate chemicals during your floor maintenance. If you have stubborn stains, it may be time to call in the professionals.
3) Using the wrong tool when vacuuming
The metal beater bar on a vacuum can considerably damage the finish on your tiles. To avoid dulling the surface of your tiles, check to see if your vacuum allows you turn off the beater bar setting. If not, carefully brush the area to remove any loose dirt and dust
4) Incorrect mopping techniques
Tiles are not waterproof. Mopping tiles should be done with the same urgency as cleaning spills on tiled surfaces. Certain minerals in tap water have the potential to stain your grout and tiles. Do not over wet the area when cleaning, quickly wipe the area with a soft cloth.
Making sure you steer clear of these common tile and grout cleaning mistakes will help prolong the life or your tiles while decreasing the cost of maintaining them.
If you have any tile and grout cleaning questions, or if your floor is ready for some professional maintenance, call Parklane Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning today!