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How to properly clean the tiles on your floor

How to properly clean the tiles on your floor

If you are taking care of your floors the right way, then you can make them last for many years. It doesn’t take much effort if you think and plan the process, as you will see in the article that follows.

How Often to Clean Tile Floors

At least twice a week, you need to sweep or vacuum the floor, so that you get rid of the dust and debris. Every two weeks, the floor has to be mopped, while in the bathroom once a week would be better. Now for the grout on tiles, once in 2-3 months should do.

Equipment/Tools You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan 
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Dry cloth
  • All-purpose cleaner or dish soap
  • Warm water

How to Clean Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floors

These are the most common types of flooring and very easy to maintain and you can basically use any type of cleaner, since they won’t scratch or lose their shine.

1. Sweep or Vacuum the Tile

microfiber cloth will help you remove hair and dust easily

2. Combine the Cleaner With Warm Water

Dip your mop into the solution. Wring out the excess water, so that it's wet enough but not soaking.

3. Move the Mop all Over the Floor in Gentle Strokes

Follow a pattern as you move through the room in even strokes, so that you don’t skip any spots.

4. Change the Water Frequently

As you rinse out the mop, the water will naturally get dirtier. Throw away the dirty water and refill often to avoid leaving any dirt behind. If you finish up and notice dirty spots on your floor, you can prepare a mixture of white vinegar and hot water and run a damp cloth over the spots to get rid of any left stains.

5. Clean the Grout

Spray the grout with a grout cleaner or mix up a bleach solution. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse it off.

6. Dry the Floor Using a Clean Cloth

If your tile is prone to leave spots, dry it with a clean cloth after mopping.

How to Clean Marble or Natural Stone Tile Floors

Marble, slate, or granite tile floors can be cleaned in almost the same way as porcelain and ceramic tiles, but with a few cautions:

  • Use a soft broom while sweeping, to avoid any scratches.
  • Make sure that you're using the appropriate cleaner for each type of floor

How to Clean Vinyl or Linoleum Tile Floors

Vinyl and linoleum floors are inexpensive options to stone or ceramic tiles which are more expensive. However, their maintenance is just as important.

  • Vinyl: After sweeping, mop using an appropriate cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar. Don't use abrasive cleaners, because you may end up with scratches on the flooring.
  • Linoleum: After sweeping, you may mop the floor with the right type of cleaner or a mixture of borax and water. Every three to six months, apply a coat of wax and buff to maintain the floor's shine.


Use a soft mop, such as a microfiber one, instead of a sponge mop, which will simply push the dirt into the grout. Don't use vinegar or peroxide on the grout, because the acid will loosen it. Additionally, avoid any damaging acidic cleaners on the stone floor.

Removing Stains from the Grout

Grout, may stain very easily, especially when it’s light colored. One simple way to get rid of the stains if the cleaner won’t help, is by using a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the stain and let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing it with a soft brush.

You can apply a silicon based sealer right after that. Steam cleaners are not recommended here as they may damage the grout.

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