Ceramic tiles are a great flooring choice. They are very hard-wearing, look fabulous and are super-easy to clean – what more could you want?
Here is a simple guide to keeping your ceramic tiled floor looking great for years to come.
Although ceramic tiles are resistant to dirt and stains, they will get dirty, particularly as they are often placed in high-traffic areas such as kitchens, where of course there will be the inevitable spills as well as muddy footprints.
To keep them looking their best, all it requires is a simple sweep or vacuum on a regular basis to remove surface dirt and crumbs, followed by a mop with clean warm water and a mild detergent.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, you get better results from using a chamois or rag-type mop rather than a sponge one. They say the latter can push mucky water into the tiles’ grout lines, causing them to get dirty.
So far, so simple. The secret to keeping a ceramic tile floor looking fabulous, however, lies in the grouting.
Discoloured grouting equals a dirty-looking floor, however clean your tiles are. So how do you clean the grouting?
Start by wiping the grout down with hot water to take away surface grime. Then spray the grouting with a cleaning solution – this can be bought from a reputable supplier (ensure it’s the correct type for your needs), or you can make your own by mixing vinegar and water in a 50-50 concentration.
Leave the solution on for the required amount of time (always follow manufacturer’s instructions if it’s shop-bought), and then scrub the grout with a soft brush – an old toothbrush will work. Don’t use a wire or other harsh brush, as this may scratch the tiles.
When you’re done, rinse with clean warm water and you’ll have a lovely clean look.
For more ceramic tile ideas, visit an online flooring company such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk.
If your tiles’ grouting is stained, try using sandpaper to remove the dirt – and once stains are removed, using a grout-sealer will help keep it clean in the future.
If the stain is a stubborn one, try using a baking soda mix (two parts soda to one part water). This can be left overnight and then scrubbed.