Many people install tile flooring in their home due tile’s durability as well as the fact that dirt and spots don’t show up as much as they do on linoleum. Yet dirt and grime still make their way onto a tile floor. Below are some tips many Lancaster, PA residents use when they clean their tile flooring.

One thing you should often do – several times a week – is sweep your floor. This will help remove dust bunnies and help dirt and dust that’s settled on the floor from becoming ground in dirt and grime. You can vacuum your tile, but be sure your vacuum cleaner is free of sharp metal or a bar that can scratch your floor. It may be wise to use the soft brush often included in a vacuum’s cleaning attachments.

Simple soap and warm water also is a great and simple cleaning agent. Use a soft scrubbing brush or even a sponge or cloth to clean your tile. Use soft dry towels to dry your floor once you’re finished.

If your Lancaster tile is glazed, you’ll need to deep clean occasionally in order to keep it shiny. Take a damp mop to your floor regularly to get rid of the grim that’s adhered itself to your floor. Ask a cleaning company for suggestions as to which professional cleaners work best with ceramic tile.

Avoid using cleaning products that have ammonia in them, as these can scratch or damage your tile. Also stay clear of products with bleach, as these can scratch or other otherwise mar the surface of your tile. Bleach also can discolor the grout between tiles.

Speaking of grout, you may need to pay some special attention to these parts of your tile floors. Take a mixture of 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide and clean them by hand. You also could try powdered oxygen bleach, but be sure to apply it carefully, as you don’t want it to get on the tile itself. The benefit of the powdered oxygen bleach is that it doesn’t have the harsh smell of peroxide, nor does it discolor your clothes should you spill some. It also removes grease and food stains with just a small amount of effort.

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