Coming Clean with Tiles

Cleaning tiles is the last thing people want to do. However, regular maintenance keeps them in top shape for longer.

The job of cleaning your tiles is usually the last thing anyone really wants to do on their day off. Funny how it was easy to get the tiles put in, great to admire them and show them off, but – the day came when they had to be cleaned. “The good news is if you do tile cleaning, call it maintenance on a regular basis, it’s a whole lot easier to keep the tiles looking new for longer. And honestly? It doesn’t take that much effort,” insisted Dean Dupre who runs Champion Tile, a Clearwater Flooring, Tampa Flooring, and tile installation company.

Some things to do to keep the floors looking their best are to sweep or even dry mop every couple of days during the week. This doesn’t have to be a marathon event, just a touch up. This keeps abrasive dirt from wearing out the grout and tiles. Spill something? Get it up right away because the grout is porous and soaks up liquids like a sponge.

“Something else you might want to consider is having rugs at entrances to the house and in high traffic areas. The rug will absorb the snow and rain and keep some of the road salt from getting in your house and doing damage to your floors. And, while you might recall your mom telling you to take your shoes off and hated doing it – there is a good reason she said that. Shoes are similar to sandpaper when we have dirt and grit on them. Imagine what that does to floors over time?” said Dupre.

Tiles are really popular in the bathroom and kitchen because of the lift they give to a room. Keep in mind that tiles are also susceptible to mold growth because of the damp conditions. Keep up with the mold and don’t allow it to get a foothold in the tiles. “And one other point to mention here is that if you allow the mold to grow in, on and around the tiles, if you want to sell your house, the mold will be a big issue with the real estate agent. So, do the tile cleaning thing regularly, and you won’t have anything to worry about,” Dupre added.

“If you’re looking at your floor right now and shaking your head because the tile and grout look like they packed it in years ago, don’t waste time trying to clean it. Call a contractor, because there are ways to save grout with special tools and products,” explained Dupre.

If that does have to be done, have the grout sealed. This is a good move to discourage staining and any further water damage. Choose just about any color that would work in the house to give it a new look and update the room without paying out big bucks.

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