So your new custom home is complete and the flooring looks spectacular. Now how do you keep it that way?
LET ‘S TALK TILE FLOORS
Tile is easy to clean and makes for elegant kitchen and bathroom floor options. To prolong their beauty and value here are a few steps:
- Clean promptly. Short of banning everyone from walking on the floor, you will nave messes that need to be addressed. It’s important to handle dirt and spills right away. This is easy enough to do with a mop or cloth, hot water, and a mild household detergent. Just spot test it first to make sure it treats your tile well.
- Love your grout. Grout is what holds the ceramic tiles in place. Unfortunately, over time, your grout can become discolored. This really detracts from the beauty of your floor. Preserve your tile and grout, by making sure that the grout is properly sealed after installation. Then update the seal once a year to maintain it’s beauty. This will keep stains, dirt, and water from being able to penetrate the protective barrier.
- Preventative Maintenance. As obvious as it sounds, regular maintenance is the best and most effective step you can take to keep your tile floors looking like the day you moved in. Regularly sweep, vacuum, and damp mop your tile floors. Even a quick sweeping or vacuum job will remove the dirt and debris before it can become embedded in the tile or grout. Mopping with warm water and using a cleaning product safe for your tile will also enhance your tile’s gloss, shine, and color.
- A natural solution: One more simple and tile safe option is to mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a odor-eliminating cleanser. Wonderfully effective, this is a great natural alternative for those who are wanting to avoid harsh chemicals
You chose beautiful tile flooring for your new custom home because you love the look. To preserve the beauty, you’re going to need to love caring for these floors as well. Fortunately, they are fairly simple to care for with the right knowledge and a little work. We hope these tips help you to keep your tile as beautiful as the day you walked into your new home.