Part of making sure your house stays in tip-top shape is regular maintenance: you dust the furniture, you clean the windows, those sorts of things. But one thing that may slip your mind is making sure you take care of your tile floors. When it comes to making sure you keep your tile floors in good shape, there are some tips to make it easier for cleaning and sealing the flooring to prolong the longevity and aesthetic quality of your house. At Duggins Services, we get it: it can be a little tricky to clean ceramic floor tiles with a mop and bucket, and in many cases, you might feel like getting the strongest bucket of chemicals is the best solution. Unfortunately, that’s not always the right answer, since different products treat your floor differently and will provide you with various results. Today, we’ll run you through some of our suggestions and tips to make it easier to seal and clean your tile flooring!
Why and How You Should Seal Your Ceramic Floor Tiles
There’s a good chance that you got the tile flooring you have in your house because of its subtle beauty and incredible versatility. Combined with the fact that it’s low maintenance, it made sense to go for it, right? But it’s important to remember that while they’re low maintenance, they’re not without maintenance. Sealing your tiles helps to protect the surface, prevent stains, and enhance the surface; however, depending on the kind of tiling you have, there are different products you should consider.
If you have an unglazed tile floor (think thin bricks or geometric tiles), some sealants might add a finish that won’t quite be the look you want. Sealers create a bit of shine, as opposed to unglazed tiles that often have a matte or natural look. Make sure you take note of the kind of grout you use: if it’s a loud color or too strong, it could leach and create stains along the grout lines. Make sure you carefully consider a grout sealer since they can alter both the tile and grout’s color. A good way to avoid any unforeseen issues is to try out the product somewhere that’s less visible, such as in a corner.
If you have porcelain tiles, you probably know that they’re less likely to stain. You probably won’t need a sealer; but if you do, make sure it’s breathable. Don’t leave any excess sealer, and remember that the grout is most likely not as impervious to stains.
Glazed ceramic tiles may make the tile somewhat absorbent. Test it by using a leftover tile and pouring water on it. If it absorbs (some of) the water, use a penetrating surface sealer. If not, you can use it without a sealer. That said, if you’re worried about it being harder to clean, you can use a breathable sealer or a grout-only sealer.
When it comes to using a sealer, your usage habits will help determine what product is best to use. If it’s a high-traffic area, you’ll want a product that targets common issues such as pet urine odors or mold prevention. The product doesn’t have to be very expensive to keep your floor new (a 4 oz bottle can cover approximately 30 linear feet); resealing with a silicone-based sealer on a regular basis will help.
Cleaning Your Ceramic Floor Tiles
Once your tiles are properly sealed, you’ll want to clean them regularly. There are different methods you can follow. Instead of putting it off until you’ll have to spend hours on your knees, regularly cleaning will make it easier in the long run. You want to sweep your floors with a fluffy dust mop or a vacuum to get rid of loose dust. Mopping the floor weekly with warm water helps as well, and make sure to dry it immediately after. Strong chemicals can dull the tiles, so some of the best home cleaners you can use involve just mixing warm water with either vinegar, scouring powder, or some dish detergent. If you’re looking to buy ready-made cleaners, some brands include Magic, Tech, and Maintex.
If you need to do a deeper clean after regular mopping, try mopping with a mix of vinegar and warm water, then fresh water and dish detergent to get rid of hard grease. For specific spots, use a 1:1 mix of scouring powder and warm water and use a soft brush. That said, if you have natural stone tiles, use pH-neutral cleaners, such as hydrogen peroxide or cornstarch and baking soda. With a little bit of research, you can go a long way!
Getting the Professionals Involved
If you have a large house or simply want the professionals to provide regular maintenance or repairs for your tile flooring, then Duggins Services is for you! Servicing the Pensacola, FL and surrounding areas, we’re Northwest Florida’s largest natural fiber dealer and have a wide array of services and products for your rug and flooring needs. Whether it’s a repair or installation project, we can help, so call us today at (850) 474-9005 for a free estimate!