Tile flooring is the preferred choice among homeowners looking for an easily maintainable floor. Tile floors are tough, water resistant, and long lasting. However, natural stone needs special care, and tile grout can pose a cleaning challenge. Here at Floor Coverings International Northshore, we want to give Burnaby homeowners the best tips not only for choosing floors, but also for maintaining them. Below are some all-natural and homemade cleaning agents you can use to keep your tile floors in tip-top shape.
Grout is a porous material that can attract mold and mildew in moist environments. Even in dry areas like an entryway, the grout between your tiles can attract dirt and grime that is tough to remove. Use a vinegar and water mixture to remove mold and mildew naturally. Scrub the mixture into the grout gently with a stiff-bristled brush or even an old toothbrush. Be sure to rinse away the vinegar once you’re done.
Stained grout may require a tougher solution. Cover your grout lines with a baking soda and water paste. Spray the paste with a vinegar-water solution to initiate foaming. After the foaming stops, scrub and rinse with water. Hydrogen peroxide is also great for removing stains. Use this liquid by itself, or create a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste to treat your grout lines.
Some types of natural stone react negatively with acidic substances, while others are sensitive to oily substances. However, all stone floors are susceptible to scratching, so care should be applied when cleaning stone tiles. Avoid abrasive cleaners or mops when wiping down these floors, and always sweep away debris before going in with a wet mop.
Travertine, marble, and slate react negatively to acidic substances. Vinegar, orange juice, or lemon juice can permanently stain or eat away at these tiles. Warm, plain water is generally enough to mop or sponge away dirt and grime. Take care not to leave puddles or standing water. For a more intensive cleaning, you may need to purchase a neutral PH stone cleaner.
Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Many of the cleaning tips above can be applied to cleaning ceramic or porcelain tiles as well. These tiles do not react negatively to acid based substances and are much easier to maintain than natural stone. Be sure to sweep away debris regularly to avoid scratching your tile. General cleaning can usually be accomplished with warm water and a mop, but a water and vinegar mixture can also be used to tackle tougher grime or stains.
Get Started Today
Maintaining your tile, stone, and grout can be easy with these all-natural home remedies. Contact Floor Coverings International Northshore today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our tile selection for your Burnaby home. We proudly serve North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler and surrounding areas.
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