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How to Keep Your Tile Floor Shiny

Seven tips for keeping tile floors clean and shiny

One feels relaxed when the daunting task of decorating the house is done. You can heave a sigh of relief but it is only for the time being. Since floor covers the largest part of the house, it needs to be kept clean and shinning so that the rest of the furniture also looks glossy and polished.

It does not matter whether you have expensive or less costly furniture pieces, they will look beautiful only when your floor is sparkling clean. Whether it is a tiled or wooden floor, it has to be maintained from time to time by polishing it. Here are some tips that may help you in keeping your floor clean and shiny.

Shiny tile floor
Keeping clean and shiny tile floors makes the rest of house
sparkling and beautiful.

Ceramic Tiled Floor

Moping tile floor
Ceramic tile floors are easy to clean and maintain by moping on a daily basis or as needed

Ceramic tiles are the first choice for flooring since centuries and they still have not lost their top ranking, now being available in various trendy designs, colors and patterns.

Other than being strong, there are many reasons that these tiles are preferred over other materials for flooring. These tiles are surprisingly simple to maintain and can be cleaned with the products available in the house. With a little bit effort you can keep your ceramic tiles shiny for years. Some of the tips to clean ceramic tiles are as follows:

  • Wipe the tiles using some water and then clean them with a dry towel or a sponge. Regular cleaning the tiles does not let the dust collect on them and it also will help in removing the stains no matter how tough they are.
  • Mix some scouring paste powder in water making a thick paste. Apply this paste on the stubborn stains and leave it for some time. After five minutes scrub the place with a scouring pad. You may have to repeat the process 2-3 times, but it will definitely help in removing stains. Rust stains are also easy to remove from ceramic tiles. There are many products available to remove rust stains from the flooring kerosene being the best but it should be used only at ventilated places.

Glazed Tiles

Cleaning floor tiles
Glazed tiles require daily wiping to keep them clean and shiny
Glazed tiles are usually used in bathrooms or kitchen walls. Kitchen walls are easy to clean with a wet cloth using some cleaner but in bathrooms you have to take some extra care as soap leaves its residue on the flooring. In order to retain the shine of glazed tiles, you can consider the following tips:
  • The first thing to keep the glazed tiles clean is to wipe them on a daily basis. Rinse them with some cleaner with non-metallic pad and wipe them completely dry. For more willful stains, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda adding some water. Scrub for some time and wipe with a clean cloth. They can also be cleaned using a mixture of soap and water. After applying soap water, wipe them some dry cloth: as simple as that.
  • To clean the bathroom tiles, a strong solution will be needed. You can use a paste made with scouring powder or cleaners without oil. Leave the cleaner on the spots for five minutes and wipe dry.

Unglazed Tiles

Unglazed tiles are usually used in flooring of rooms and kitchen. Unglazed tiles offer a natural look to your flooring as they come in many colors and designs. Like other ceramic and glazed tiles, these tiles are also very easy to clean but as they don’t have glazed coating, they are more chances for these tiles to collect dirt.

Compared to other tiles they are less permeable giving a chance to dirt to go deep in the surface. In order to keep them sparkling, these tiles require daily cleaning and maintenance. Following are the tips to make them look new:

  • Unglazed tiles need to be swept daily. This will avoid the debris to collect on it when people walk on them.
  • Vacuum clean the tiles once in a week. Make sure that vacuum cleaner has strong suction capacity so that the dust that has been accumulated in the joints is also cleaned thoroughly.
  • The best thing to clean unglazed tiles is a mixture of vinegar and water which is easily available in the house or use only non-alkaline or non-acidic cleaners that are not hard on the skin if you come in contact.

These are the few measures and tips that can keep your tile flooring not only clean but give it a new shine also.

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