Start by sweeping your tile floor
Before mopping your floor, you need to remove dust and other particles. Use a regular broom or a vacuum made for hard flooring. Pay special attention to the corners of the room, where dirt tends to accumulate, and check the baseboards thoroughly as you go. During the week before you get to mopping day, you can also use a dust mop to pick up debris on a daily basis.
Mopping options for tile
When it comes to mopping, you have a few choices suitable for tile flooring. Avoid using a sponge mop, which can create streaks as it moves dirt around the floor. Choose a lightweight chamois mop instead. While Swiffer mops and other disposable mops are a good option, they can get expensive. With a reusable mop, you could save some cash. A traditional cotton mop also gets the job done.
There are several different types of tile and each type requires its own unique cleaning style. For ceramic tile, use a mixture of vinegar and warm water to mop. Clean vinyl tile with a small amount of dish soap mixed with warm water, or you can use vinegar and warm water as well.
If you have stone tiles, be cautious. Vinegar can damage your stone tile. Avoid mopping with vinegar and opt for dish liquid or a special oil soap cleaner instead.
Remove residue and stains from tile flooring
There is nothing worse than stubborn stains on your tile, but don't worry, there are ways to remove buildup, residue and stains on your floor.
If you have buildup or stains on a vinyl floor, use a mixture of Borax and water when mopping to remove them. You can also use glass cleaner on stubborn vinyl floor stains. Dilute the glass cleaner in water to mop a stained area or spray the cleaner right onto the spot and buff it clean.
Another option is to squeeze some lemon juice onto ceramic tiles to get rid of waxy or cloudy spots. Rinse the juice and wipe the floor dry with a microfiber cloth. For shoe scuffs, simply erase them with a pencil eraser. Another option is to try OxyClean or another oxygen bleach product to keep tile looking great.
Don’t forget to clean the grout
Discolored grout doesn't do your tile any favors. Keep your grout just as clean as the rest of your floor by using a small cleaning brush to get into the grooves. For stained grout, use baking soda and water to scrub spots. You can even let the mixture sit overnight to whiten really dirty areas.
Another idea is to put baking soda on first, then pour a bit of white vinegar on that to create a cleaning chemical reaction. Use a toothbrush with firm bristles to get into the grout and if you find yourself having frequent problems, use a grout sealer to avoid this issue in the future.
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