Tile floors are an extremely durable, long-term investment that should be regularly cared for to preserve both their appearance and value. In fact, according to many experts, (click here for more information), a well cared tile floor can last a lifetime.
Jeff Calcamuggio in his article on Buildipedia (read a full article here) argues that the best way to care for a tile floor is to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can adhere to the surface of tile, particularly styles with a textured surface. And according to Jeff, regular sweeping loosens and removes most of this dirt. So keep on sweeping! Also, don’t forget labour saving devices. Feel free to use a vacuum cleaner, but be sure it’s one without a beater bar, to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles.
Also, according to a recent article on Channel4, available here, the attachments that accompany vacuum cleaners are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles. Be sure to use walk-off mats to minimize and contain dirt being tracked in at entryways. And shake them out often. This reduces the amount of dirt being tracked across the tile floor, and reduces the wear to the finished surface.
Another great way to keep your tiles clean is to damp-mop them regularly using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, spot clean the floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the optional cleaners. After that, rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher or scrubber.After cleaning with a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to help remove any leftover residue.
In summary, for more maintenance information specific to your tile flooring, remember to contact the tile’s manufacturer. And don’t forget that the regular care and maintenance will help your tile looking new for years to come, and will keep your home cosy for your family and friends.