Tile is a highly durable and classic flooring choice among homeowners and for good reason. As the leading tile cleaner in Indianapolis, we often get questions about how to best maintain tile and grout between our visits.
Below, we’ve listed 5 methods that can significantly help your tile and grout last. Additionally, each of our recommendations also helps keep these surfaces sparkly clean between professional tile cleaning and maintenance appointments from your local Indianapolis Chem-Dry.
#1 – Utilize Doormats and Rugs
Place doormats outside your home’s front entrance and just inside your doors. Also, it’s a good idea to strategically place rugs in high traffic areas like by the stove or in front of bathroom vanities. This helps catch dirt or other corrosive substances that are often tracked indoors. It also adds an extra layer of protection and prevents your tile from becoming scratched or worn down.
#2 – Protect Your Tile From Pets
Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed prevents them from continually scratching your tile floors. Also, it’s important to vacuum their hair and dander from your tile at least once a week. Most importantly, clean up any pet messes or accidents quickly—especially urine because it contains acid and chemicals that eat away at tile surfaces.
#3 – Be Careful Placing Furniture On Your Tile
Place furniture protectors on the bottom of the legs of tables, chairs, couches, and cabinets to prevent scratches. If possible, avoid placing objects that are too heavy on your tile because it can cause cracks or even crush tile surfaces.
#4 – Sweep and Mop Tile Surfaces Frequently
Even a thin layer of dust or debris can quickly make your tile appear dull. We recommend sweeping or vacuuming your tile at least once a week—if not more. Mop your tile weekly and use a non-abrasive mop. Try using a mixture of ¼ cup white vinegar for every 2 gallons of hot water. If you do use a store-bought cleaner, avoid ammonia, bleach, oil-based, and abrasive cleaners.
#5 Regularly Restore Your Tile’s Protective Sealant
Keep in mind that the protective seal on your tile and grout isn’t permanent. It needs to be refreshed and restored often in order to maintain a protective barrier between stains and your tile and grout. All Brite Chem-Dry tile cleaners in Indianapolis always add a new layer of protective sealant with each tile cleaning.
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