The ceramic family of tiles is one of the most durable materials for your home. There is no doubt that porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces make maintenance easy. Withstanding heavy foot traffic, ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces make a great choice for many homeowners. When it comes to cleaning porcelain and ceramic tile, there are a few options available.
Mild Soap Solution
First, you can use a mild soap and water solution. This is the safest method to clean your tile and will not damage the surface. However, this method may not be strong enough to remove tough stains or dirt build-up. When using mild soap and water, rinse the tile well afterward to avoid soap build-up. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your tile, as these can damage the surface.
You can use a stronger cleaner such as vinegar or bleach for tougher dirt and stains. Test these cleaners in an inconspicuous area first to ensure they will not damage your tile. When using vinegar or bleach, always dilute with water and rinse the tile well afterward.
For stubborn grease removal, you may need an alkaline cleaner. Alkaline cleaners are available commercially, or you can make your own by mixing one part laundry detergent with ten parts water. Apply the solution to the tile with a sponge and scrub the area well. Rinse the tile afterward with clean water. With a pH of 12, this type of cleaner should only be used as a last resort, as it can damage your tile if not used correctly.
If you need a cleaner between an alkaline and acidic cleaner, you can use a neutral cleaner. These cleaners are safe to use on most surfaces, including porcelain and ceramic tile. You can purchase neutral cleaners commercially or make your own by mixing one part dish soap with ten parts water. Use a sponge and scrub when applying the solution. Rinse the tile afterward with clean water.
How to Clean
Sweeping your floor regularly is the best way to prevent dirt and debris from building up and becoming difficult to remove. Use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum with a soft brush attachment to sweep your floor. Ensure that you are getting into all the nooks and crannies to prevent dirt from accumulating.
When it comes time to mop your floor, use a damp mop and avoid using too much water. Water can seep into the grout lines and cause damage. Instead, focus on using a damp mop to pick up any dirt or debris that has been left behind.
A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service Co., L.L.C. is the go-to company for all your porcelain and ceramic tile cleaning needs. We provide various services to meet your every need, from sweeping and mopping to deep-cleaning tough stains and dirt build-up. Our team of experts will work diligently to get your tile looking new again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.