Ceramic tile emerges from the process of heating and cooling of molded clay. Because they are molded, ceramic tiles can come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and textures. They are relatively easy to clean and difficult to break or get dirty. As a result, ceramic tile is favored in high traffic areas of a household.
Usually ceramic is non-porcelain. However, there are some instances where porcelain ceramic tile is created by adding 50 percent material of white dust or feldspar sand. Either way, they can be glazed or unglazed. The former is preferable to most because glazed ceramic have stronger resistance to stains and scratching. They don’t absorb water as much and provide better traction.
However, non-porcelain ceramic tile is more economical from a financial point of view though it doesn’t offer quite the quality of porcelain ceramic. Figure out what type of tile floor you have as there are different forms of a ceramic.
Keeping the Ceramic Floor Clean
Before talk goes to cleaning ceramic tile floors, there are still ways you can protect the surface to lessen the future chore.
Placing doormats or small rugs and carpets can keep most of the soft dirt off the ceramic surface. This helps reduce wear and tear on the a ceramic tile.
Make sure you clean up spills almost as soon as they happen. Also don’t use abrasive material on it. Though ceramic is durable, it can crack or get scratched when under hard duress and under some conditions. Cover furniture legs with protectors to guard against scratching.
Avoid using bleach on ceramic tile as the grout area tends to discolor over time.
Cleaning Ceramic Tile
You first want to sweep the area to get rid of loose dirt and dust. Because ceramic is a relatively hard surface, sweeping can help clean the surface area. A broom can work fine though some can still use a vacuum if in a small area. Also, don’t use a beater bar when using a vacuum as that can lead to potential scratching issues. Use attachments involving narrow hoses for the edges and for the tiles.
To clean off spots and possible stains, mopping the surface is recommended. Wiping down the floor also helps, usually utilizing a wet pad. Mopping especially helps in the grout and tile area and a steam mop helps even more. Spot cleaner and detergents can be used for specific spots that need to be cleaned. Use a sponge to wipe down the surface and in between the tiles.
Sweeping ceramic tiles should be a regular and weekly chore. Usually these sort of surfaces get damaged most through accumulated build-up. So keep the surface relatively clean and make sure stains get removed quickly. This is a sort of surface that doesn’t mix well with bleach.
Do Some Heavy Cleaning
There does come a time when you need to do some heavy cleaning even for ceramic tiles. This means a strong all-purpose cleaning detergent rather than a regular kind. In particular, you want to pay attention with the grout and use and old toothbrush or a scrubbing device to get in there to clean up the grout between the tiles. Get into a lather, then use water to clean the whole surface and down in between the tiles.
Once you wash away the detergent with water, use towels to wipe away and dry out the surface to complete the cleaning process.
Another good way to clean ceramic tiles deals with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to be used as a form of a cleaning detergent. You scrub the floor with it and then wash and clean the surface afterwards. Make sure you don’t leave the water laying about, but use towels to dry up the surface.
Because of the relative ease to clean ceramic tiles, you don’t need to spend a long time with the chore. Usually, consistently doing some sweeping and an occasional clean can keep the surface in good, spotless shape for a long time. The key area are between the tiles where the grout is located. Make sure that, every few months, you scrub down the grout in order to prevent mildew and stains from appearing in that area.
Otherwise, ceramic tiles are built to last for a long time and is fairly easy to maintain as long as you don’t go too long between cleanings.