© Copyright 2004-2013 Niche Topics ™ All rights reserved  Terms & Conditions | About us | Sitemap  

 

  SIGN UP for our free newsletter

Share |

  LATEST posts

All things that are written on this website are about our experiences and what have worked for us, or general information only. We are not telling you to do any of those things mentioned and we do not endorse any products found on these pages. We simply want to share with you what has helped us. Hope that you enjoy reading our posts and please come back regularly to read more!

 

   Contact Us         Freebies       Share Ideas & Recipes |

 

  POPULAR articles

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Home Money & Lifestyle Food & Drinks Health & Fitness Beauty & Wellness Pregnancy & Kids

 

 

Niche Topics (Money and Lifestyle) is about helping you manage your finances so that you live comfortably within your means. We share frugal living ideas such as save money around the house, cheap to make recipes, budget-friendly solutions for everyday living, recycling crafts, helpful hints to buy things without getting burned, and many more!

 

  QUICK links

Insurance tips and tricks

Debt reduction and loans

Green cleaning and household tips

Personal empowerment and self improvement

Relationship building skills

Shopping tips, tricks and tweaks

Home

 

 

4 Easy Ways to Remove Shoe Odor and Sweat Stains

 

10 Unusual Alternative Uses for Baby Oil

 

5 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Grocery Bill Low

 

What Are Soap Nuts?

 

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Naturally

 

About Niche Topics
The Animal Rescue Site

 

 

How to Clean and Care for Ceramic Tile Floors

 

 

By Louisa Price

 

If you are like millions of homeowners who has recently switched from carpet to tile flooring, you might also want to know how to care for ceramic tile floors and make your investment last for a long time. Unlike hardwood floors, ceramic tile floor is surprisingly easy to treat, clean and care for. Here are a handful of easy-to-follow tips to keep your ceramic tiles free from abrasions, cracks or discoloration for years to come.

 

Ceramic Tile Flooring Cleaning Tips

1. The most important step to keep your ceramic tile floors looking as new as possible is proper daily maintenance.

Frequent vacuuming or sweeping up of dust and dirt particles will keep grit and grime from being embedded into the porous surface.

Dust and lint can evolve into grime if they are not promptly removed, especially in areas where there is moisture. Glazed tile, for example, can be scratched by grit.

 

 

2. You also want to wipe up any spills right away to prevent staining of the grout. If the spill remains stubborn, you can use a soft brush, sponge or synthetic scouring pad to loosen the spot. However, it is never a good idea use steel wool or a metal brush as these may scratch the surface of the tiles.

 

 

3. When moving furniture and other items, always lift them instead of dragging them on over the tiles. Using felt pads will also help prevent scratching and possible tile breakage.

 

 

4. Frequent dry mopping of your ceramic tile floor will surely keep it relatively clean for a few weeks. When you do a thorough cleaning, be extra careful with the cleaning products you use.

First off, pay attention to your floor manufacturer’s recommendations. There are non-abrasive cleansers made specifically for ceramic tiles.

Next, always make sure to thoroughly rinse the tile floor with clean water as any detergent residue can set and attract more dirt to your floor. You might want to consider window cleaner when cleaning glossy, glazed tile finishes.

 

 

5. Keep in mind that ceramic tiles usually do not need regular sealing unless they are highly porous. Also, avoid any product that is waxy or else it will leave a slippery film on the tile surface which is dangerous for young kids and elderly folks.

 

 

6. Although ceramic tile is suitable and often used for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, it is very important to remember that when wet, tiles can be slippery and dangerous regardless of the finish.

One great way to avoid accidents is to use floor rugs and runners in high traffic areas. This will also prevent dirt from building up on the tile and in the grout.

 

 

7. If mildew appears on ceramic tile, you can use a simple solution of equal parts water and ammonia to remove it. Again, use a soft brush to clean away the mildew and rinse the area thoroughly with clean water.

The area should be well ventilated when using the ammonia solution in your cleaning.

 

 

8. Hire a professional tile mechanic to remove and replace broken or damaged tile. Also, allow the repair to sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours before you grout the surface.

 

 

With these easy cleaning tips in mind, your ceramic tile flooring will look new, no matter how long you had them.

 

 

how to clean and care for ceramic floor

5 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Bathroom Odor

Find out how to eliminate bathroom odor fast and keep your bathroom smelling fresh in no time.

 

Do You Really Need Air Fresheners?

Find out what plants improve indoor air quality and help keep your home smelling fresh and clean all day.

 

Natural Roach Killers

DIY roach control methods to get rid of cockroaches naturally, and keep your home pest-free.

 

Are Your Showering in Dangerous Germs?

Shower heads can harbor germs leading to serious illness. Read how to clean showerheads and avoid bacteria buildup.

 

Homemade Mold and Mildew Cleaners

Make your own household cleaners from items in your pantry. These homemade cleaning products kills germs effectively, and are safe to use.