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Maintain Your Porcelain/Ceramic Tile Floors

Why Do This?

Lucky for you, ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are some of the easiest materials to maintain! That being said, by properly maintaining your floors, you’ll dramatically extend the life of your tile. When you’re done, it will be so clean you can eat off of it (although we wouldn’t recommend it – your dining room table works just fine).

Difficulty:
Time: 15 minutes

What You'll Need

  • broom
  • mop
  • floor cleaner

How To:

  1. 1

    Regularly sweep your floors to remove dirt. This is especially important if you have textured floor tiles or crevices that collect dirt and grime like it’s their job.

  2. 2

    Clean up spills quickly to avoid staining the grout or tile. Always use a rag or soft sponge to clean up messes – steel wool or other abrasive cleaning pads can scratch the tile.

  3. 3

    Place floor mats over areas that get the most foot traffic. Regularly shake these mats (outside!) to remove excess dirt. If you don’t, pretty soon your mat will be spreading dirt all over your floors!

  4. 4

    Mop your porcelain or ceramic tile floors at least once a week with an all-purpose floor cleaner. If you don’t want to invest in a store-bought cleaner, try mopping your floor with this DIY pet and eco-friendly recipe. Tip: Splash a small amount of water on your floor before you begin mopping. This way, your floor cleaner will go the distance and you’ll spend less cash on cleaning supplies.

  5. 5

    If you have textured tile or heavy stains along your grout, consider using a grout cleaning brush, which can be found at most home improvement or grocery stores for around $5. The grout between your tiles is porous, so stains will be absorbed into the material if they aren’t completely removed. Note: Avoid bleach or ammonia based cleaners, which can discolor your grout if they’re used too often.

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