How Can I Keep My Tile Floors Looking their Best in Between Professional Cleanings?
Although tile flooring has generally been relegated to the kitchen and bath, they are quickly gaining in popularity as flooring throughout the entire home. They resist fire, are more sustainable and green than wood and carpeting and lend to a clean, elegant design. And, while tile floors do not tend to harbor dirt and indoor pollutants like carpeting and even wood, they require special care to keep clean and new looking.
Before anything, making the decision to get your tiled surfaces sealed is one of the best you will make when it comes to preserving them and making them look their best. Ask your local Las Vegas Tile & Grout Cleaner if your surfaces are sealed, especially for new construction (because they are generally not sealed by the installers) and if they are not, have them sealed.
As far as cleaning, different tile surfaces require different care but there are a few rules of thumb to follow:
- Always use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) on any tile floor. If you’re not sure, ask your local Las Vegas Tile Cleaning professional. If possible, look for a Green Home Cleaner in your area as they are more likely knowledgeable about VOC’s.
- Never use abrasive cleaning compounds like cleanser or abrasive pads like steel wool or Brillo.
- Avoid using caustic substances like bleach and never use ammonia. Diluted bleach can be used on non-porous tile like glass or glazed ceramic, but ammonia should never be used because it erodes the tile surface and discolors the grout.
The good news for consumers with tile flooring is that along with the increase in tile use for the home, has come an increase in professional tile & grout cleaners who know precisely how to care for them properly. And, any reliable, trustworthy tile & grout cleaner in Las Vegas should be able to guide you on how to maintain them in between professional visits.