Spring is in full swing, and if you’ve been putting off your cleaning projects, now is a great time to get started! De-cluttering and dusting are great ways to practice spring-cleaning, but giving your floors a good scrub down is a more effective way to make your home sparkle this season. Tile flooring is especially prone to grime buildup, so the experts from Floor Coverings International KC South have compiled our favorite spring-cleaning tips for maintaining your tile floors below!
General Tile Flooring Maintenance
Since tile flooring is water-resistant and generally smooth, caring for it is often easy. Any type of tile flooring will benefit from a regular sweeping. Sweeping will remove abrasive grit and grime that could otherwise scuff and dull the surface.
You’ll want to give your tile floors an occasional mopping as well, but the cleaning substance that you use on your tile will depend on what your tile is made of. For manmade tile like ceramic and porcelain, you can feel safe using a regular household cleaning solution and hot water.
Feel free to use a vinegar and water solution on your ceramic or porcelain tile as a homemade cleaning substitute. For unpolished tile, you can scrub with a bristle brush without worrying about scratches. For polished tile, stick with microfiber cloths.
Natural Stone Cleaning
Unlike ceramic and porcelain, some natural stone is made up of compounds that react negatively to certain chemicals. For example, limestone, travertine, and marble all react negatively to acidic substances. This means you will not want to clean these stone surfaces with a homemade vinegar or lemon juice solution. Instead, seek out stone-friendly cleaners at your local store and choose one that is pH neutral. Alternatively, you can clean these types of stone with a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.
Grout Cleaning Solutions
Typically, grout is the toughest part of a tile floor to clean, as it can collect mold and stain easily. One of our favorite ways to clean grout is using a baking soda and water paste. Apply this paste to your grout, then spray it with vinegar (or hydrogen peroxide for sensitive stone) to promote stain absorption. Hours later, scrub the grout with a toothbrush to remove set-in stains and mold.
Get Started in Leawood Today
Make your tile floor shine like new this spring with our simple cleaning tips! Contact Floor Coverings International KC South today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect tile for your Leawood home. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas.
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