Everyone always wants the quickest solution to a problem. When it comes to cleaning the tile in your home, there’s often a strong temptation to cut corners and put in a minimal amount of effort. After all, without powerful equipment, you’re looking at hand scrubbing the floor, and possibly hard to reach areas. Not many people have the time or patience for that! While we recommend getting a deep cleaning from our experts about once or twice a year (depending on how quickly your floor gets dirty!) there are a few things you can do in the meanwhile to help your tile maintain health. Here are some of our tile cleaning tips:
Rinse vs No rinse
Products that are advertised as no-rinse cleaners claim that all you have to do is spray or pour on your floor to eliminate dirt. While they do a good job of loosening surface level grime and lifting it to the top, we still recommend that you rinse afterward. Cleaning products contain surfactants, which are an additive that increases waters “wetness”. In other words, they allow water to more easily carry away dirt particles! By rinsing, you’ll be cleaning up more of the mess. Think of it this way: your laundry machine uses a rinse cycle, as well as your dishwasher. When you shower, you rinse after you apply shampoo. Rinsing is important!
Dry the floor
One mistake some homeowners make is forgetting to properly dry their floor after doing tile cleaning. If you don’t dry it with towels, where is the dirt going to go? It’s going to stay on your floor! Drying is one of the most important tile cleaning tips we can recommend. Take a big white towel and see for yourself by rubbing it thoroughly on your floor after a cleaning. That residue you see is the equivalent of dirty mop water. Let it stay on your floor, and grime will continue to accumulate!
Know when it’s time to get help
If the task of properly cleaning your tile seems like too much, or you’re not seeing the results you want, it’s time to get a deep cleaning. Call our team of experts, and we’ll give you a free estimate for your home or business.