Tile flooring is often one of the most attractive features of any home. Properly installed, high-quality tile can transform the look of any room, and it is also quite durable when cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. However, there are some common cleaning mistakes that can cause serious damage your tile if you’re not careful.
Using Harsh Chemicals
Bleach and ammonia are powerful chemical compounds. While they may be appropriate for some surfaces, they aren’t a good choice for tile and grout, notably, because their harsh compounds can discolor your grout over time. There are many multi-surface cleaners available on the market that are bleach and ammonia-free and contain milder chemicals that are safer for your tile.
Taking On An Expert’s Job
Sure, renting a steam cleaner from a local purveyor may seem like an easy way to do a deep tile cleaning without having to break the bank. If you aren’t very familiar with using them, however, you could end up doing more damage to your home than you would have paid for a professional cleaning. Excessive heat and moisture from steam can damage baseboards, cabinets, flooring, and much more.
Waiting Too Late
We all have busy schedules with numerous responsibilities, so it’s easy to see how some homeowners think they can take care of that little stain on the tile once more pressing matters have been settled. Tile is a naturally porous material, and it will begin to absorb colored liquids and oils quickly.
Cleaning Unsealed Tile
Caulking and sealing your grout and tile is a smart idea for many reasons, but it especially helps when it’s cleaning time. Caulk makes your grout more stain resistant, and it will also protect your tile from water damage and normal wear and tear.