Ceramic tiles: ceramic tile has made it favorite flooring choices for centuries, but these are not the only reasons for its popularity.Tile is surprisingly easy to maintain, and by using simple household products, you can keep your ceramic tile floors looking like new for years.
A bit of care will keep your tiles looking like new for many years.
*Wipe tiles on a daily basis using water and then dry them with a clean cloth or sponge. This will avoid the build-up of dirt and hard water stains that gather on the surface.
*Occasionally, a tough stain will appear on a ceramic tile floor, especially floors with unglazed tiles, but these stains can also be easily removed.
* Prepare a paste of scouring powder and water, and firmly rub it onto the stain. Allow the paste to sit for at least 5 minutes, and then scrub it away with a soft brush or synthetic scouring pad. Repeat the process until the stain is completely gone, and then thoroughly wash and rinse the floor.
*Even rust stains can be easily removed from ceramic tile. Commercial cleaners for rust stains that you can find in your local home supply store may do the job, or you can use regular kerosene to lift the offending rust. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when working with kerosene, and make sure the space is well ventilated.
Glazed tiles: require little maintenance; however bathroom tiles, particularly those in the shower area need a little more care as soap leaves a film on tiles.
*Glazed wall tiles with scouring powder or all-purpose cleaner applied to a non-metallic pad. Rinse and wipe dry. Wall tiles should be wiped regularly using a soft cloth to remove soap before it dries. For stubborn spots, crème cleansers spray and wipe type of products can be used. A paste of bicarbonate of soda and water also helps.
*Glazed floor tile use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong solution of an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner or scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes; brush, then rinse with clean water. Wipe dry.
Unglazed floor tile: Unglazed tile floors can have a beautiful natural look and offer more traction, typically, than glazed tile floors.However, because unglazed floors don’t have the extra protective coating to make them less permeable, they more easily collect dirt deeper in their surface than glazed tiles. These floors require a little more daily and weekly maintenance, therefore, to look clean and new.
*Sweep unglazed tile every day. This will help keep debris from collecting and being ground into the tile when people step on it
*Vinegar mixed with warm water acts as a good natural cleaning agent. If you ever need to use a stronger cleaner make sure it is neutral i.e. non-acidic and non-alkaline.
*Vacuum tiles weekly with a vacuum that has good suction. Use a hose attachment to suck up dirt from grout and areas where tile meets the wall.
*If you have heavy furniture in the house try to place felt pads to the legs which will help to reduce the wear and tear of the tiles and protect it from scratches while shifting or moving furniture.
*Mop the tile floor with water every few days, or more frequently if needed. Make sure to rinse the mop head frequently so that you aren’t simply sloshing dirt around on the floor. Dry the floor with a clean towel–this will also help pick up remaining dirt.
*The use of harsh abrasive and corrosive cleaners should be avoided particularly on decorated tiles that incorporate metal such as gold or platinum.
*Apply an unglazed tile re-sealer once a month or more often as necessary. This will help grout and tile looking cleaner longer. Many unglazed tile cleaners also contain a re-sealer.
Mosaic Tiles:Mosaic Tile Flooring is perhaps the most well known type of flooring used by homeowners today. This is because you can make your own patters, mix and match the tiles, and install them yourself. Homeowners like that they are able to customize the floor to their specific tastes using mosaic tiles
Mosaic tile is very easy to maintain. The tiles may trap more dirt than other types of flooring.Fortunately, maintaining your tile can be done with just a few basic household items.
* Combine baking soda and water to make a paste. Spread the paste onto the tile grout and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Scrub the grout with a toothbrush, taking care to get into all the nooks and crannies of your mosaic pattern. Rinse the baking soda solution off the grout with water. Wipe down the tile surface with a sponge dipped in a solution of soap and water.
*Vacuum the floor first to make sure that any trapped dirt or debris is removed.Then use a damp mop with mild household detergent to clean.
*You flooring dealer may also suggest a special floor cleaner for ceramic or porcelain. Any stains should be removed using a brush with synthetic, non-abrasive brushes. Otherwise, you will permanently scratch the tiles.
Marble Tiles: A shiny and polished marble floor tile is a truly beautiful sight to see. On one hand, marble is a hard and durable material, and could last for years. On the other hand, the polished surface can be marred by chemicals, stains and abrasions. The art of keeping marble in its pristine, shiny and original state takes a lot of continuous care and attention
Cover the furniture legs that come in contact with the marble floor tile with special felt pads or plastic. These can be purchased in home centers or appliance shops. Appropriate protection will reduce the damage from scratches and dents.
* Shield the marble floor tile with a good penetrating sealer to reduce etch marks, gouges and prevent stains and moisture from filtering into the marble. In applying the sealer properly, ask for a professional stone care company to guide you.
* Be sure to utilize only neutral cleaners or stone soap liquid specifically designed for natural stone that will not harm the surface or erode the luster.