If you’ve landed on this blog post by searching for how to clean your tiled floors, you’re not alone. We get numerous customers on a weekly basis contact us with the exact same question. Tile and grout cause headaches to many of our clients around Essex and many people around the world, no doubt. You have paid big money to have your kitchen floor re-tiled with a lovely looking ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tile, the tiler has grouted the floor with a bright white grout and it looks amazing, you show off your floor to all your visitors and mop it regularly to keep it looking great but eventually you start to notice that dirt is building up on the surface of the tile and the grout is starting to discolour badly in areas, despite your best efforts with a tile cleaning product from the supermarket and a brand new mop and bucket. How can you get it clean again?
Unfortunately, it’s going to be a challenge for you, short of getting down on your hands and knees donning a lovely bright yellow pair of marigolds and going to town on your floor with a stiff scrubbing brush, you’ll really struggle to get your tiled floor looking clean and staying clean. But, you’re not alone. We recommend to all of our clients, and anyone thinking of using our services to have a seal applied to any form of tiled floor from day one. Contrary to popular belief, ceramic and porcelain tiled floors can be sealed and the grout most definitely can, natural stone is porous and therefore it is imperative that you have your stone floor sealed from the get go as well. An unsealed floor, will build up dirt deep in the tile and be incredibly difficult to keep clean, when you mop your floor it will remove the top layer of dirt but it won’t take long for the dirt to build up again and for your floor to look dirty. The seal will fill the pits in the surface of the tile as well as the grout and work as a barrier from the dirt, not allowing so much into the tile so that when you mop it, your cleaning efforts will be more effective. If you haven’t had your floor sealed then it’s going to be an uphill battle that you’ll probably never win.
The biggest key to keeping your floor clean, if you are going to use products from the supermarket, especially if they’re high pH products, is to neutralise them with clean fresh water afterwards. Alkaline products that sit on the floor attract further dirt meaning that floors will get dirtier quicker, if they are not neutralised. Rinsing with plain water afterwards, brings the pH level down to the pH level of the water which generally sits around pH7 (neutral) which won’t attract dirt quite so much.
When we clean your tiled floor, it’s done with specialist machinery that loosens and removes the dirt from deep in the tile, places that you just won’t be able to get to with a brush and some cleaning fluid. The dirt is extracted away, the floor is dried and we then apply the necessary type of professional seal for your floor so your tiles and grout are protected and easier for you to keep clean. Now, that’s not to say your floor will never get dirty, of course it will, but with an annual deep clean and seal inspection by a professional company like ourselves (ask us about our reminder system), you can be sure that your floor will look great the majority of the time, be easier to keep clean and your investment will last a lot longer. If we can assist you in anyway, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll get you booked in for a FREE demo clean.
Thanks for reading.
Chris – Head Technician at Powerdean Floor Maintenance.