Tiles can start to look a little worse for wear when our cleaning isn’t up to scratch. This especially rings true for tiles in hospitality settings, where spillages are commonplace. Tiles in shopping centres, hospitals and other areas with high foot traffic are also susceptible to becoming dirty. But, with the right tile cleaning practices and tile cleaner solution, you can effectively clean tiles and grout. Read on to learn how to clean tile floors successfully – no matter what material the tiles are made from.
Cleaning Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Floors
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very durable and sturdy. Here is the best way to clean these tiles:
1. Vacuum Or Sweep
Try to either vacuum or sweep your tile floors on a regular basis. While ceramic and porcelain tiles tend to be dirt resistant, the presence of grit and sand can make the glazed surfaces appear a tad lacklustre.
2. Choose Your Mop Wisely
Instead of a sponge mop, you’ll need to use a rag or chamois type mop. These types of mops will draw the dirt up and away from the tiles, while sponge mops risk pushing dirty water into the grout lines. If your floor is particularly dirty, or you are cleaning a large space, remember to frequently change the mop water – there’s little use in cleaning a dirty floor with dirty water. If you’re cleaning tiles in a hospitality setting, they need to be vacuumed/swept and mopped daily.
3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Tile Stains
If you spot a stain while cleaning your tiles, the first step you should take is to try to determine what substance caused the stain. Once you know what substance caused the stain, apply the most appropriate cleaner for the stain, for a comprehensive clean.
4. Avoid Soapy Residue
A soapy residue on your tiles will leave a cloudy, hazy finish. To remove this film, go for a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner.
5. Use A Cloth To Dry The Tiles
Air drying tile floors can lead to water spots. Opt to dry your floors instead with a clean cloth after applying your tile floor cleaning products.
Cleaning Stone Floors
Stone floors, such as granite, slate or marble, need a little extra care when being cleaned. Some of the chemicals found in traditional cleaners may cause harm to the surface of these materials. It’s best to clean your stone tiles with products that are suitable for this tile surface.
Go for a mild detergent when cleaning slate tiles. Look out for a product that doesn’t contain acidic properties, like lemon or vinegar. If your slate tile is coated, avoid water spots by gently drying the tile immediately after washing with a towel.
Marble tiles are stunning, but they tend to be high maintenance. It’s best to steer clear of any cleaning products that have an acidic pH level when cleaning marble tiles. This means avoiding tile cleaning products that contain lemon or vinegar. Using these products risks damaging the surface of the marble tiles. Similarly, go for cleaning materials that are very gentle, so avoid hard brushes with rough bristles.
Cleaning Resilient Tile Floors
Resilient tiles are made from materials like vinyl, cork and linoleum. They’re often favoured because they’re easy on the feet and require minimal maintenance.
Vinyl tiles are easy to maintain and resilient to high foot traffic. To keep vinyl tiles clean, vacuum or sweep any debris, then follow this up with a mop. Use a vinyl cleaning solution along with vinegar and water. Be gentle when cleaning vinyl tiles – don’t use abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools as these can scratch the vinyl surface.
Cleaning and maintenance for cork tiles will vary based on the finish of your tiles. For cork tiles that have been sealed with polyurethane (which is standard for cork floors), use a mild detergent and clean water to clean the surface. After cleaning, be sure to rinse well. If the cork is waxed or unfinished, follow these cleaning instructions, but apply a liquid or solid wax after the cleaned tiles have dried.
Often mistaken for vinyl floors, linoleum is a different material that comes with different cleaning requirements. Once you have swept or vacuumed the linoleum floor, use a linoleum floor cleaning solution to wash this tile. Rinse the floor clean and allow it to air dry. For a quality finish, apply a coat of wax and buff every three to six months.
Cleaning Tile Grout
Cleaning tile grout is probably the most challenging component of cleaning tile floors. It’s also arguably the most important aspect of tile cleaning. Grout is especially challenging for tiles that live in hospitality settings. Enzyme Wizard’s ‘No Rinse Floor Cleaner’ is the perfect solution for industrial-strength cleaning in restaurant and hospitality settings. This tile cleaner contains a proprietary soap-free multi-enzyme formula, which is specifically designed to break down grease, oil, and food waste.
After scrubbing the grout, seal it. Opt for a silicone-based sealer to seal the grout and prevent future stains from adhering. This is ideally done about two weeks after the grout is installed or renewed.
Clean All Tile Types With Allets Online
The best way to clean tiled floors depends on the tile you have. To ensure you clean tiles and grout properly, you’ll need to ensure you have chosen the best tile cleaning products. At Allets Online, we stock a diverse range of commercial-grade cleaning products, for effective tile cleaning, floor cleaning and countless other cleaning applications. Be sure to browse our range of floor cleaning products to find the best product for your application. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.