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How to Clean Tile Floors

Tile floors are popular in homes and businesses. And while mopping your floors on a regular basis can keep them dirt free, there comes a time when a thorough cleaning and sanitizing will be necessary.

While you may be able to clean and sanitize the tile floors in your home, depending on the size of your business, it is usually best to hire a professional cleaning company to periodically clean and sanitize the tile flooring in your place of business. That’s because the time and money you will spend cleaning them yourself simply doesn’t make good financial sense. What’s more, it is unlikely that you will be able to achieve the type of results that you will get from a janitorial services or cleaning company.

Whether you do the work yourself, or hire it out, here is what you can expect based on the type of tile flooring you have:

Ceramic Tile: Cleaning ceramic tile requires a general cleaner or rubbing alcohol diluted in water. Whatever type of cleaner you use, the key is to make sure that you spray the grout with a stronger concentration than the rest of the floor to get it as clean as possible.

Vinyl Tile: Vinyl tile can be cleaned the same way as ceramic tile. However, extra care needs to be taken with hard-to-remove scuff marks. To clean scuff marks, apply a few drops of baby, olive, or mineral oil to the scuff mark, let it sit, and then mop it up. Be sure to make sure there is no oily residue left after you clean with oil as this can cause dangerous slips.

Linoleum Tile: While linoleum tile is the easiest to clean, it doesn’t last very long so harsh cleaners are not recommended. In fact, in many cases, plain water will do. The more gently you clean linoleum, the longer it will last.

Stone Tile: When cleaning marble or any other type of stone tile, use extreme caution. In most cases, a special, pH balanced cleaner is required. If there are areas that need extra attention, you will need to purchase special stone cleaners. Never use vinegar or any other acidic solution on stone tiles.

Whenever you use chemicals on your tile floor, it is important that you always go back over your floor with plain water. This will extend the life of your floor and ensure that pets and children do not ingest any chemicals.

If your floors have lost their shine or are becoming more difficult to clean, you will probably want to wax them. Again, this is a job better left to the professionals.

 

Posted By: CITYWIDE JANITORIAL AND DISPOSAL SERVICES INC

Posted on: 05/25/2015
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