The best way to extend the life of flooring is to care for it properly. This applies whether your office or business flooring is carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl, tile, stone, or a different material. It’s important to use the right cleaners, tools, and techniques for each type of flooring. Today, we’re sharing tips on cleaning and caring for tile and stone floors.
How to Clean Tile and Stone Floors
Ceramic tile is a manufactured flooring product made from natural materials. Stone is, of course, also a natural material. Because they are similar products, they have similar cleaning needs and techniques.
Grout Cleaning Tips
Keeping grout clean is the biggest challenge with tile and stone floors. Sweep the group before applying any water or liquid cleaner to a stone or tile floor. If you don’t, dirt that has been wiped into the grout will turn into mud, and will be more difficult to remove.
There are three types of grout: cement-based, furan resin, and epoxy. Cement-based grout is the most commonly used type, and is found in a variety of commercial buildings. Cement is porous, which means that stains can more easily penetrate the surface and cause staining. So when dirt turns into mud and penetrates into grout, it may permanently alter the color.
What Kind of Floor Cleaner to Use for Tile and Stone Floors
You can use a standard floor cleaner for stone and tile. However, because household cleaners don’t have a neutral pH, they need to be rinsed off. If not rinsed, a residue can build up, further staining grout and shortening the life of the flooring.
The Most Important Floor Cleaning Tip
Here’s the most important tile and stone cleaning tip: don’t go too long between cleanings. If dirt and grime don’t have a chance to build up and set in, it’ll be easier to prevent staining and lasting damage. If you don’t have the time or resources to clean your floors regularly, give ROC a call! We can clean daily, weekly, or on whatever schedule works best for you.
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Source: CMM Online, “Q&A: Tile and Stone Floor Maintenance”