Avoiding Damage To Your Tile Floors

Avoiding Damage To Your Tile Floors

After spending a lot of money on your new tile floors for your Gilbert, AZ., home, you want to be able to take care of them to keep them looking clean and new. There are actually a lot of mistakes that are made when it comes to cleaning a tile floor, that can damage them instead of help them.

1.   Avoid using bleach and ammonia cleaners on your Gilbert, AZ., tile. These products will actually discolor the grout lines. Using a mild all-purpose cleaner or a cleaning product that the tile manufacturer recommends is a better choice for cleaning.

2.   Do not use steel wool to clean your Gilbert, Az., tile or grout. The abrasiveness of the steel wool will damage the finish that is on the tile. It is best to use a soft cleaning towel or soft microfiber mop. Although these products are soft, they are strong enough to clean up the toughest grime or dirt.

3.   If you happen to spill on your tile, do not let it sit for a long period of time. By letting a spill sit on your tile, you are allowing it to soak into the tile and grout, causing unwanted stains. Oils and tomatoes take no time at all to create a stain, so be sure to wipe them up immediately.

4.   Tile is known for being strong, but if enough force and pressure is applied, the tile can actually crack or chip. You can avoid creating chips or cracks by placing furniture protectors on the bottom of tables and chairs. It is also best to place furniture protectors on the bottom of any furniture when moving.

5.   When cleaning your Gilbert, AZ., tile, avoid using an overly wet and soaking mop. The excess water will cause damage and stains to the tile. The minerals that are found in water can actually cause discoloration, mildew, and dingy looking grout. After mopping try using a hand towel or dry mop to soak up any water that may be left behind. This is because letting a tile floor to slowly dry will make it appear dirty or dull.