Spring Cleaning | How to Deep Clean Tile Floors

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Today marks the first day of Spring in 2024! With the warm weather moving in, colors bursting, and flowers blooming before your eyes, it’s time to clean up your home to match. Follow our step-by-step instructions to thoroughly clean your tile floors as the season begins.

  1. Sweep and Mop Your Floors to Start

    To begin the deep cleaning process, start by sweeping your tile floors thoroughly to remove any loose dirt, dust, and debris. This initial step helps prepare the surface for a more thorough cleaning later on. Next, grab your mop and bucket filled with a mild detergent or a pH-neutral cleaner diluted in water. Mop the floors methodically, ensuring to cover the entire surface area. This step helps remove surface grime and prepares the tile for deeper cleaning.

  2. Spread a Non-Toxic Cleaner on Your Tile Floor
    Once the sweeping and mopping are complete, it’s time to apply a non-toxic tile and grout cleaner. Opting for a non-toxic cleaner ensures the safety of your family and pets while effectively removing dirt and grime. Try a mixture of natural alternatives, featuring sodium bicarbonate powder and hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and citric acids. Spread the cleaner evenly across the tile floor, paying extra attention to areas with heavy stains or dirt buildup. This step sets the stage for a thorough deep cleaning process, leaving your tile floors looking refreshed and sparkling clean.

  3. Scrub the Grout in Between the Tile

    Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the cleaner and any grime you’ll be scrubbing. Using a specific grout-cleaning brush or an old toothbrush, focus on cleaning the grout lines in between the tiles. These narrow spaces often trap dirt and grime, requiring extra attention during the cleaning process. Apply a dedicated grout cleaner or a homemade mix of baking soda and water onto the grout lines, allowing it to sit for a few minutes to penetrate stubborn stains. Then, scrub the grout lines vigorously to lift dirt and grime, ensuring it reaches all the crevices. Once done, wipe down the tile and grout lines with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to remove any residue.

  4. Finish Off by Mopping the Tile Again and Drying

    After thoroughly cleaning the grout and wiping down the tile, it’s essential to mop the floor again with clean water. This final step helps remove any lingering residue from the cleaners, ensuring a spotless finish. Mop the entire floor surface, paying attention to corners and edges where dirt may accumulate. Once complete, allow the tile floor to air dry naturally or use a dry mop or cloth to speed up the drying process. This ensures your tile floors are left sparkling clean without any sticky or soapy residue left behind.

Why Should I Use a Non-Toxic Tile and Grout Cleaner?

Using non-toxic cleaners is not only safer for your family and pets but also helps preserve the integrity of your tiles. Unlike acidic cleaners, which can break down the sealant and leave behind colored residue, non-toxic cleaners provide effective cleaning without damaging the protective seal. However, it’s essential to consider the environmental impact of your cleaning products. While some cleaners may offer better results, they could have adverse effects on the environment. By choosing non-toxic options, you can achieve a clean, sparkling floor while minimizing harm to the ecosystem.

What Tools and Materials Do I Need?

To deep clean your tile floors, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Non-toxic tile and grout cleaner
  • Natural alternatives include sodium bicarbonate powder and hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and citric acids mixed with water
  • Grout-cleaning brush or old toothbrush
  • Gloves
  • Sponge or microfiber cloth
 

How Often Should I Clean My Tile?

Regular maintenance of the sealant can also impact the frequency of cleaning required for your tile floors. If you’re diligent about keeping up with sealant reapplication, you may find that you don’t need to deep clean as often. By preserving the sealant, you create a protective barrier that helps repel dirt and stains, minimizing the buildup of grime between cleanings. This proactive approach not only maintains the appearance of your floors but also reduces the time and effort required for comprehensive cleaning sessions. Adjust your cleaning schedule accordingly based on the condition of your sealant and the level of foot traffic in your home.

Now your tile floors can be ready in time for Spring! If you have any questions or tile flooring needs in the Springfield or Republic area, contact us here. Also, check out our previous kitchen and bathroom tile remodels.

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Dorian Woodson