Owning a home is a great experience. You have the opportunity to decorate and shape it to be exactly the way you want to be.
This often involves installing a tile floor somewhere in the house. Whether a kitchen tile floor, a bathroom tile floor, or an entryway tile floor, often the place you lay tile is an area of the house that sees a high volume of traffic (that’s why tile is used – it’s extremely durable).
But, like any surface that sees a lot of wear and tear, maintenance is a must. I’m here, a Tacoma tile floor installer, to give you two tips to maintain your tile to keep it looking as great as the day it was laid.
1. Be Careful What You Clean With
One of the main things you can do to prolong the life of your tile floor is to watch what you clean the floor with. It may seem pretty straightforward, but many cleaners out there actually have products that, when applied to tile, actually trap dirt and stains on your floor. Be wary about using these types of cleaners on your floor – you may actually be doing more harm than good.
The types of cleaners you want to avoid are those that has no soap, no oils, and is not animal based. As you might expect, these cleaners can leave a film on the tile that can trap dirt in.
2. The Cleaning Isn’t Done Once the Cleaner has Been Applied
One of the cardinal mistakes I see, and something I tell every one after finishing a Tacoma tile floor installation, is that the cleaning doesn’t end once you’ve put the cleaner down.
You’re only half way done at that point. It’s important after you clean the floor that you get the cleaner off the floor too. It needs to be rinsed off, to make sure the detergent gets off of there. The easiest way to do this is to wipe down the floor with plain water. Once you do that mop up the floor or soak it up with a towel.
There you go, two tile floor maintenance tips. Follow these tips and you’ll have your tile floor for as long as you want it.