Tiles today come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes and may be glazed ceramic, porcelain, concrete, cork, or stone. Stone tiling is often marble, granite or slate. The variety is fabulous for the different looks it can achieve on floors and walls in your home, as well as for its durability. It has been used for centuries and is valued for its decorative capabilities.
This February 23rd is National Tile Day. And later in the spring, the international tile and stone industry conference, Coverings, will take place in Atlanta. I’ll be watching out for news on your behalf from this event!
So why is tile so relevant as a surface? According to industry experts, it’s stain-resistant; water-resistant, scratch-resistant, fire-resistant and prevents bacterial growth. It also tends to be dust-resistant and is inert, so it’s a healthy choice for your children and family to walk and play on.
So, if you are installing new tiles or already have tiles in your home, make sure you understand how to properly clean them! You’ll be pleased to find out it’s pretty simple and just a few surfaces require a slightly different approach!
Step 1: Swiffer or vacuum them before you start to clean.
Step 2: use warm water to mop – no need usually for a cleaner, but if you do, use one that is mild like Lysol, which is also a disinfectant.
Step 3: rinse with clean water so no residue is left that could attract dirt. Wipe dry. Simple!
Note: The website www.WhyTile.com says that it’s important to stay away from cleaning products with a high or low Ph like bleach or vinegar (which is acidic), as these can break down the sealers in grout, which are there to prevent soap scum, oils, and dirt from penetrating the grout!
If you have marble flooring – in an entranceway perhaps, you’ll need to be careful with them as they can scratch, become dull-looking and stained. Clean up beverages like coffee, wine, and juice right away if they spill on a countertop or floor as they can cause staining. If you do get a stain, the recommendation is to make a paste using baking soda or flour with water, and gently apply it to the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 24 hours, then wipe off.
For most of the time to clean marble, just use warm water with a soft cloth in a circular motion and dry with another soft (micro cloth). If you need to, you can add a drop of dish detergent or natural soap. Never use vinegar as a cleaning agent on marble.
The same is true with stain-resistant slate floors: use a mild detergent with a neutral Ph or specific stone cleaners. Never use vinegar or lemons (it can etch the stone) – and rinse with clear water and dry with soft cloths.
The take-away is fresh warm water is good for cleaning tiles; most should be dried after washing. Stay away from bleach, vinegar, or lemons on most tile surfaces.
And what about the grout that might look funky? The Tile Council of America (TCA) recommends alkaline cleaners for removing stains from grout. Alkaline cleaners include Spic n’ Span, Super Washing Soda, and Mr. Clean, for example. Try to keep the solution on the grout only and rinse the solution with water and remove it with a rag or mop. The reason acidic cleaners aren’t used is that grout contains cement and can be dissolved with acids!
Most customers today want a disinfectant cleaner used in their home, so ask about this – and make sure it’s appropriate for your flooring – or discuss your needs with us @ www.JeansCleanTeam. Ready, set, mop!Tile Floor Check List Tile Floor Check List
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