Ceramic tiled flooring is extremely durable and looks terrific if you follow regular cleaning. Simple cleaning would suffice so you don’t need to wax. Ceramic tiles are created by mixing sand and clay which is then heated at very high temperatures that makes it hard and resilient. Various types of glaze are applied to the surface that’s one of the most vulnerable areas while cleaning.
Although ceramic tile floor is robust enough to hold under wet-cleaning and scrubbing, it’s not entirely indestructible. Using wrong type of floor cleaners, harsh chemicals or abrasive objects would eventually damage and tarnish the surface. So you should always use products specifically designed for ceramic or mild, bleach-free cleaners that are harmless to tiled flooring.
It’s always tempting to mop and bucket when the floor looks filthy but before that, it must be vacuumed or swept thoroughly with a broom. Doing so is the best way to pick up dust, pet dander, the usual floor debris and minute pebbles. Washing or mopping the floor directly risks spreading the dirt and debris all around that makes it even messier. Prefer a microfiber dust mop with a washable head that helps keep the floor spick and span; you can use it twice or thrice a week.
Use soap solution
Typically, a damp mop is all you need for routine floor cleaning but the best result would appear with soapy solution. Squirt the usual dish soap in a bucket carrying warm water or simply take liquid floor cleaner that’s ceramic-friendly; it’ll take away all the dirt. Dunk the mop in the soap solution, squeeze excess moisture and work your way from one end to another. Now, mop again with plain warm water (soap free) to make sure there isn’t any soap residue left; allow the floor to air-dry. Don’t add bleach to the water as it may spoil quality and colour of the tile!
Make it spill-free
To help prevent damage or stain development to the ceramic, wipe up all sorts of spills the moment they happen. Gently absorb the spilled liquid with paper towels and clean with a fresh, white cloth/paper towel. For stubborn and greasy spots, make a paste-like solution of baking soda and water; apply over the affected area, rub with an old toothbrush or a moist, nylon-bristled scrub brush. Let it sit for a few minutes before you wash with warm, plain water. Never use harsh and abrasive tools to scrub such as steel wool for they might scratch the ceramic glaze. Special tiled floor scrub brushes are widely available in market today so you better buy them.
Maximum floor protection
Besides the usual tricks for cleaning ceramic, there’re other ways to keep it in the best condition. Once you’re done with sweep and mop, place dust-free floor mats at several places especially where you remove the shoes. Else, pet paws and shoes may track in mud, soot and other such debris that’s harmful to the floor. Always keep heavy furniture upon rugs especially over tiled floors or it might scratch and even break the surface that’s far more annoying than general maintenance. For once the tile cracks, grooves attract dirt which is harder to remove over time.
- It’s better not to clean the ceramic floor with vinegar solution as its acidic nature may discolour the surface.
- Keep the floor dry and remove any standing water. Wipe clean all sorts of spills even if it’s plain water.
By following the simple steps as highlighted above, you can easily clean and preserve ceramic floors for long.