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CLEANER CERAMIC TILE THAN EVER!

Ceramic tile floors are durable.

They just need a lot of care and cleaning.

TIPS FOR CLEANING TILE 

Here are a few tips on cleaning them correctly and effectively…

Sweep or vacuum your tile floors twice a week as dirt, sand and grit can dull and scratch the surface.  After removing the dirt — mop the floor.

Mix a mild detergent with hot water and apply with a rag or chamois mop.  Never use a sponge mop as it pushes dirty water into the grout and soils it.  Change your bucket of cleaning solution often so you won’t have a dirty mop.  That would leave a cloudy film of dirt on the floor.  If you do end up with a hazy film on your tile floor, remove with an all-purpose cleaner.

Make sure the cleaner is non-abrasive so it won’t scratch the floor.  You can also make your own cleaner by mixing lemon juice or vinegar with hot water.  Apply it to the floor and then buff dry with a clean cloth.  You can use a towel that you push over the floor with your foot.

One of the most important things you can do is keep your grout clean.  Dirty grout means dirty, dingy-looking floors.  Grout is porous and easily absorbs dirt, grease, and other materials.  Spray your grout with a commercially prepared grout cleaner.  You can also use a mild bleach solution.  Always wear gloves when using these types of products.  For deep stains, allow the cleaner to sit for 10 minutes.  Use a toothbrush or other small scrub brush to scrub the grout.

FOR STUBBORN STAINS 

For stubborn grout stains, mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the stain.  Let it sit overnight and then scrub with a nylon brush.  Don’t use a metal brush as it will scratch the tile.  Let the grout air dry, then put on a silicone-based grout sealer to resist future stains, grime, and dirt.

And for coffee, tea or juice stains — wash/rinse the tile surface with hot water and detergent.  Blot with hydrogen peroxide.  For grease stains, wash with club soda and water, or a commercial floor cleaner.  For ink stains, soak a cloth in diluted bleach and lay it on top of the stain.  Leave the cloth until the stain is gone.  Rinse thoroughly when done.

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