Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

Maintaining Tile Floors

If left on the surface sand, dirt and grit will damage tile surfaces due to their abrasive nature. Floors should be dust mopped frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust mop or broom.

Vacuum cleaners can be very helpful, especially on textured floors, make sure not to use a vacuum with a beater bar, so as to avoid scratching your floor. Vacuum cleaner attachments can be useful for hard areas to reach such as corners, walls and crevices.

Walk-off mats or area rugs placed at exterior entrances will help prevent dirt from reaching your tile floors.

Damp mopping your floor will help keep it looking beautiful for life. Always blot spills immediately. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory, and warm water, can be used for spills or periodic cleaning. Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and dry the surface with a soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a residue and cause streaks. Change your rinse water frequently.

Do not use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar, or other acids on surfaces such as marble, limestone, or travertine. These products will actually etch some natural stone. You should avoid using products that contain abrasive cleaners, cleansers (dry or soft) or any ammonia-based cleaners on any stone. Also, do not use retail grout cleaners, scouring powders, or bathroom tub and tile cleaners on natural stone.

If you are not sure of how to proceed with maintaining your tile surface please feel free to call Steam Sweepers with any questions you may have.