What You Should Know About Tile Cleaners
Whether it is ceramic, porcelain, granite, marble, faux wood, stone or travertine, when it comes to tile cleaners you have to know which one to use according to each type of material.
Unglazed/unpolished porcelain tile
First of all vacuum and sweep the title to remove all dirt and dust. Take one section at a time and cover it with a vinegar and water mixture or any commercial cleaner for this type of tile. Let the cleaner soak into the tile for 5-10 minutes, but do not let it dry. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub stained areas. Remove the dirty cleaning solution and rinse with clean, hot water. After this use a microfiber cloth or a clean towel to dry the tile.
Polished/Glazed Porcelain Tile
Vacuum and sweep the dirt, then use a dry dust mop to remove all debris. Take a mop dampened with hot water, but don’t allow moisture to pool or puddle on the tile. For heavier soil use a soft nylon-bristle brush and for stains use a vinegar-and-water mixture. Mop with the cleanser of your choice, then with clean hot water, before the cleaner dries. Dry the tile using a clean towel, removing all water spots.
Textured Porcelain Tile
Sweep the tile twice using a soft-bristle broom, then vacuum to remove all debris. Cover the tile with vinegar-and-water solution and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the floor again, then rinse with hot water until all the cleaning solution is removed. Clean the tile with a damp mop and dry with a microfiber cloth or towel.
What to avoid when cleaning tile
Although porcelain is a durable material, there are a few techniques and cleaning products that you should avoid:
• Do not use products that have bleach or ammonia in their composition as it can alter the color of the tile or stain the grout.
• Do not use wax cleaners or oil based detergents.
• If you have unglazed porcelain tile, do not use products that contain coloring or dye.
• Avoid using steel wool on porcelain tile, because the small steel particles can embed in the grout and tile and cause rust stains.
• Using hard scrub brushes and bristles will scratch the surface of the tile.
When it comes to tile cleaners, you have to try several ones until you find the right one for your tile. If you can, try to make your tile cleaners from natural ingredients. The ones that you find on the market contain many harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Contact Tile cleaners Adelaide for a reliable cleaning service.