Every home has its own unique style, from the décor and paint, to the layout and flooring. Keeping all these areas of your home clean is important, but proper care for your flooring is the one feature that people tend to overlook. Simply mopping and vacuuming may not be enough, especially if you have porous tiles that can trap dirt and grime more easily than non-porous tiles.
There are a wide variety of styles and materials available when it comes to tile flooring in your home, but porous or non-porous are two of the main categories. Ceramic and porcelain are examples of non-porous tiles, as these types are both baked in kilns and can take a polish or glaze finish to further smooth and protect the surfaces. Porous tiles include natural stone tiles made from quarry, marble, slate and sandstone. Because these types of rock are naturally porous, they often require a seal coating in order to prevent stains from leaching into their surfaces when used as tile flooring. Despite a good protective coating, however, tile floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways take a lot of daily wear and tear that can leave significant amount of dirt behind.
Taking good care of your flooring will allow it to last for many years and will prevent you from having to replace badly stained or moisture-damaged tiles. Regularly using a dust mop on your floor will keep dirt from being embedded into the pores of the tile.
After dust mopping, use a microfiber mop to clean the tiles. Using a solution of vinegar diluted with water should do the trick to remove tough stains. This method is also good for removing salt stains. Using a damp cloth to wipe the area dry instead of air-drying will also help keep water from seeping into the pores in the tiles. You should never use abrasive pads because they can scratch the surface, especially for ceramic tiles.
For tougher floor cleaning tasks, a professional service may be needed to get the job done. With winter on its way out,it’s time to bring a little spring intoyour stylish Gold Coast home, The experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons have the know-how and the equipment to tackle tough, set-in stains. Contact us at 773-376-1110 today!