Ceramic tile is a popular bathroom and kitchen flooring option as it's durable and easy to keep clean and mold- and mildew-free. You can easily wipe the tile clean of spills and messes, making it a sanitary choice as well. Tile flooring is also versatile, as it comes in a variety of colors, such as black, blue, tan, and white to coordinate with any home decor scheme.
Although tile is easy to take care of and keep clean, you'll need to give it daily attention to keep it looking its best. Either once a week or once a month, depending on how busy your home is, you'll have to give it a deep cleaning as well. This thorough cleaning will sanitize the flooring as well as get between the tiles to reach the grout, too.
If you have children and pets who are frequently close to the flooring, you'll most likely want to avoid using harsh chemical products to clean the tiles. The good news is that you can use all-natural items that you probably already have in your pantry to refresh the ceramic tiles.
Following are some ways to clean and maintain your tile flooring with eco-friendly products:
1. On a Daily Basis
Sweep the tile flooring with a broom and dust pan on a daily basis to pick up any debris, such as hair, fur, food particles, or dirt and pebbles tracked in from outdoors. If you do this task everyday, the unsightly and unsanitary debris won't have time to build up.
Wipe up any spills using a soft, absorbent cloth, such as a chamois, as soon as possible to avoid staining. This is especially important with dark liquids, including red wine and coffee. Then, spray the area with a 50-percent distilled white vinegar and 50-percent water solution. The vinegar will help lift stains, deodorize, and kill germs.
2. On a Weekly Basis
Once or even twice a week, depending on how much foot traffic your tile gets, mop the flooring. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of a mild dish soap, as well as a cup of the vinegar, and clean the floor using a sponge mop.
Go over any heavily soiled areas twice, and use a soft-bristled brush to clean the grout between the tiles as needed.
3. On a Monthly or Semi-Annual Basis
Once a month or during your spring and fall cleaning sessions, use a steam cleaner made especially for ceramic tile to deep-clean the flooring. In addition to cleaning and sanitizing the tile, the hot steam will lift build-up debris, mold and mildew out of the grout without the use of chemicals.