Beautiful floors make your rooms pop, while also invoking a cozy, inviting feel. Once you have new floors installed, it may seem impossible to maintain their like new brilliance; however, as it turns out, maintaining your floors beauty is quite simple and can be done using the following 5 secrets:
Over time, your floor can become riddled with grit and dust, which can make it appear dull or lackluster. It can also scratch the floor. Therefore, it is important to remove debris from your floor regularly in order to help preserve its beauty.
Regularly vacuum or sweep the floor to remove fine particles. The secret is to use a soft-bristle broom to avoid damaging the floor, or if you are using a vacuum to remove grit, be sure to use one without a beater bar as it can also damage the floor.
Also, at least once weekly, damp mop the floor to remove built-up dirt and to also decrease scratches caused by grit.
Choose the Right Floor Cleaner
Another secret to maintaining beautiful floors is to select the right floor cleaner as harsh cleaners can strip the floor’s finish and also damage the materials; however, the right product can both protect and extend the life of your floor.
Mop the floor with plain warm water to remove grime. If plain water is not sufficient enough to clean the floor, then mix one teaspoon of dish liquid with 500ml of water and then apply the solution to a soft sponge to clean the floor. Rinse the floor thoroughly with fresh warm water to remove any residue.
Glazed Ceramic Tile
Clean the tile regularly using a non-oil based, all-purpose cleaner that is also safe for cleaning grout. After cleaning the floor, rinse it with clean water to remove any leftover residue.
Unglazed Ceramic Tile
Use a concentrated tile cleaner that has a neutral pH to safely remove spills, oils, and grease from unglazed tile regularly. Just be sure to select a cleaner that is suitable for your specific application, use, and traffic. For glass tile, use a non-abrasive cleaner recommend for tile or glass, and then rinse the floor with clean, warm water to remove any residue.
Natural based cleaners, such as natural vegetable based soaps, soap flakes made from vegetable or coconut oils, olive-oil based Castile soaps, and alkaline dish detergent, not only help clean stone floors, they also enhance their beauty.
Create a solution using 1/4 cup of soap diluted in one gallon of water. Apply the solution onto the floor using a mop. Thoroughly rinse the floor to remove any residue.
When in doubt concerning the proper cleaner to use on your floor, contact a tile manufacturer or tile flooring specialist, such as Beenleigh Tiles, in your area about the proper floor cleaner for you.
Clean the Grout
The main secret to maintaining beautiful floors is clean grout. Grout is permeable, which means it easily absorbs stains, such as grease, which can cause discoloration. Therefore, don’t forget to also clean the grout when cleaning your floor. You can use a simple paste of water and baking soda and then scrub the grout with a stiff nylon brush, or you can opt for a commercial cleaner.
For tough stains, allow the baking soda or cleaner to sit for a while before scrubbing, and then repeat the steps as necessary. You can also apply a silicone-based sealer to the grout to help prevent future stains.
Buff the Floors to Make Them Shine
Another great secret to maintaining a great-looking floor is to maintain its shine.
After cleaning and thoroughly rinsing the floor with clean, warm water, dry buff the floor with a clean lint-free, chemical-free cloth, such as a microfiber cloth. You can buff the floors using your hands, or use your foot to wipe the cloth over the floor.
If after cleaning your floor, it is left with a hazy film, which can be a result of soap build-up, depending on your floor type, remove the film using a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner, and then rinse the floor with warm water. Lastly, dry the floor using a soft, lint-free buffing cloth to restore shine.
Invest in Floor Mats and Pads
Use mats at both the inside and outside entrances of your home to prevent grit and dirt build-up on your floor. However, on inside entrances, avoid dense mat backings, such as rubber-backed mats, as they can prevent air circulation under the rugs, which can cause them to accumulate moisture.
You should also consider placing mats near working stations, such as the dishwasher, stove, and sink, to protect the floor from spills, grease, cooking tools, and cleaners, which can damage your floor. Also, use felt pads under all furniture and chair legs when moving them across the floor to prevent scrapes and scratches.
Avoid Sun Damage
The majority of floors are susceptible to sun damage, including ceramic tile and vinyl tile floors, which are resilient and durable. However, over time, direct sunlight can leave sections of the floor faded, which can result in part of the floor looking washed out. Therefore, consider applying a sealant on the floor to help block the negative impact of harmful UV rays. You might also consider placing rugs in sunny areas for added protection.
Have Broken or Damaged Tiles Repaired by a Professional
If you have broken or damaged tiles, it is important to ensure the replacement tiles are the same texture and dye lot as the original tile in order to maintain a uniform floor. The new tile placement and the grout color also need to match. Therefore, you might consider contacting a professional tile contractor to repair your tiles in order to maintain a professional looking floor. Many tile contractors also offer a guarantee for peace of mind.
As you can see, there are many ways to help keep your floors as beautiful and vibrant as the day they were installed. However, the real secret lies in understanding your particular type of floor in order to properly care for it. Therefore, before having new floors installed, be sure to consult with your floor specialist to find out all you can about the material to be sure it is the right floor type for you.
August 28, 2018