How to Clean Tile Floors Effortlessly

file000138472429The last on our to-do list and the first to get filthy, tile floors are both a blessing and a curse. The next time you decide to clean them, use these tips to make it (almost) effortless!

Remove Rugs and Mats

Get them outta there! You don’t need ‘em! Take ‘em outside and give ‘em a good beating while you’re at it. Knock all that filth loose. Atta girl! Now stack ‘em up and leave them outside to get a little fresh air. It’s back inside for you!

Broom and Vacuum

Sweep the floor in sections, creating neat little piles of dirt as you go. Nothing beats a broom for getting the grit out of corners and crevices. Once you’ve got a bunch of dirt mines piled up, grab your vacuum and put it on the lowest (bare floor) setting. This will lift the beater bar, which can actually scratch and dull your tile. Can’t have that! Now turn that sucker on and vacuum up those dirt mines. Then vacuum the entire floor as if it were carpet. Use your attachments to get that stubborn grime out of the grout, corners and crevices. The broom / vacuum combo really eats up the dirt and dust bunnies, which makes the rest of your cleaning that much easier.

Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Hopefully you know what kind of tile you have! Manufacturer-recommended cleaners or mild detergent work best on ceramic. Never use abrasive cleaners that can scratch the tile or bleach and ammonia based cleaners that can discolor the grout. No one likes yellow grout.

If you have natural stone tiles, you should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which will likely call for a soap-based cleaner. Again, abrasive products are a no-no, as are ammonia and bleach-based cleaners. Lemon juice, vinegar, and other acids are big no-nos for mable, limestone and travertine. Forget grout discoloration, these could ruin the entire tile!

Call Yourself the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Because now it’s time to mop. (Mickey really had a good thing going on before those mops got unruly.) We recommend a chamois mop that’s rung out until it’s just a little damp. Pick the furthest end of the room and start there, working your way backward and changing the water as necessary until you reach a place where you can relax while you give the floors a few minutes to dry. Unless, of course, you feel like hand drying with a soft, dry cloth.

Enough Air! Bring Mats and Rugs Back Inside

If you didn’t beat them thoroughly, you may want to vacuum them a bit first. And if you really want to feel like a pro, invest in one of those industrial-sized lint rollers and run it over your mats and rugs. It’ll help remove hair and debris that may be tangled in the fibers. This is especially helpful for ones with a flat weave.

And if you don’t have mats or rugs in your entryways (both inside and outside the threshold), you’re going to want to invest in some. These babies pull dirt and debris off shoes, which should be removed before someone enters the house. And they’ll catch all kinds of stuff that hits the floor in the bathroom and the kitchen. They really are key to keeping your tile floors clean – and keeping your cleaning time to a minimum.

Spend Your Free Time Differently

If you don’t have enough free time that you’re willing to spend the little you get on chores like cleaning tile, then hire a professional company to come do it for you. 1st Class Cleaning services the greater New York City area and would be happy to send our bonded and insured maids to your home to take care of the less-than-pleasant aspects of home ownership. Contact us today to learn about our pricing and scheduling!

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