New tile floors provide a home a clean and uniformed appearance while being extremely easy to maintain as well. After installing beautiful new floor tiles in Anacortes, learning to maintain them is of equal importance as the original installation and selection of tiles itself. With such a significant investment as new flooring and the purchase of the home is in general, taking proper care of tile floors can make the difference of a home selling, or sitting on the market for an extended period of time.
The following tips will help to keep your new tile floors beautiful throughout the year and able to last a life time.
It goes without saying that dirt and debris tracked inside the home scratch floor tiles. Proactively clearing debris such as dirt and sand off the floor by sweeping and vacuuming regularly helps to prevent dings and scratches that cannot be removed with the exception of full tile replacement.
For deep cleaning, opt for a mop and a gentle all-purpose cleaner. Cleaners with acid or bleach should not be used for regular maintenance as they can cause discoloration and damage. It’s always ideal to check with the specific tile’s manufacturer to determine what the best cleaning solution is for the tiles installed. If spills occur, promptly and thoroughly clean them up to prevent staining and seepage into the material.
Placing mats or decorative rugs in high-traffic areas, such as doors or hallways helps to keep dirt and soil off the tiles and assists in maintaining its original appearance. When moving any furniture around the home, always pick the pieces up instead of dragging them in order to prevent deep scratches on the flooring which cannot be easily fixed.
Dropping furniture on the floor can cause tiles to chip or shatter leaving severe damage and additional cost. Be gentle with your flooring and consider installing feet covers as an added layer of protection on furniture items that move often such as chairs.
Making Grout Look Brand New
After mopping and cleaning the floor, make a protective paste from baking soda and water. Using a toothbrush, rub the paste into the grout and let sit for 1 hour. If stains are extensive, apply straight baking soda with white vinegar to lift the stains. The application of baking soda while can be time consuming, is worth the effort in the results.
The Chemical Rules
- Always test powders and sealants in a small area before using them throughout your tile flooring.
- Use a sealer on grout shortly after installation and apply products that are compatible with cleaning grout joints.
- After cleaning, make sure to rinse all floor tiles completely to ensure all cleaning solutions have been removed.
- Always use a qualified professional when replacing damaged or cracked tiles to ensure the best results possible.
For assistance with installing, repairing, or maintaining floor tiles in Anacortes, contact our specialists today to schedule a consultation. Call Puget Services at (888) 435-1212 to learn more about how we can help with proper maintenance of your new floor tiles. We look forward to providing excellent service.