One of the great benefits of tile flooring is that it is low maintenance. Still, it requires regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure that it will last for years to come. While the expected life of tile flooring can be upwards of fifty years, disregarding cleaning can greatly shorten the life span. Effective tile floor maintenance can be put in two key categories: Regular Cleaning and Prevention.
On a regular basis, sweep or vacuum the tile floor. Just because a floor isn’t visibly dirty, it doesn’t mean it is clean. Make it a habit to sweep daily. In addition to sweeping, mop the tiles weekly or more often in high traffic areas. A damp mop is usually all you need for a tile floor. However, if you must use something, look for something that is designed for tile flooring.
Probably more important than cleaning is prevention. There are numerous things that you can do to prevent damage to tile floors. Here are some suggestions:
- Use mats in high traffic areas especially in doorways.
- Avoid wax-based or oil-based cleaners on tiles.
- Put soft bottoms on chairs or furniture that is moved regularly on the floors.
- Clean up any spills as soon as possible.
Of course, accidents do happen. Floors can get scratched, stained, or damaged. In these instances, contact a flooring professional who will be able to assess the damage and fix.
Tile floor maintenance might seem like a little thing, but following the above steps can ensure that your floors stay looking fresh.