Tile is an excellent flooring option because it offers a wide variety of style options, and is easy to clean and maintain. With regular cleaning and maintenance, tile will look great in your home for years and years to come. Here are some tips on how to clean tiles:
Sweep or vacuum away dirt, dust, and debris that have gathered on the tile floor before you use any cleaning products on the floor. This will prevent the dust from getting scrubbed into the tiles as you clean them. It's also a good idea to regularly mop your tile flooring to prevent damage.
To get the deepest clean for your tiles, wipe them down vigorously with a cloth or sponge and an appropriate cleaner. Use an all-purpose cleaner without oil or ammonia for glazed tiles. (Ammonia can discolor grout.) For unglazed tiles, use a solution of water and soapless detergent.
Sometimes your tile floors need a more intense cleaning because they are in high-traffic areas or haven't been cleaned in a while. For glazed tiles, use an all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a non-metallic pad. For unglazed tile floors, create a paste with a scouring solution, apply it to the tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. Then firmly scrub the unglazed tiles with a brush.
The grout between the tiles also needs to be regularly cleaned to avoid dirt build-ups and discoloration. Grout can be effectively cleaned using most household cleaners, but for the deepest clean, consider using a professional strength grout and tile cleaner. Avoid using cleaners with oil, ammonia, or other polluting chemicals.
Test out your cleaners and scouring powders on a small, inconspicuous area on the floor before using them on the whole floor. Be sure to rinse down the floor after you clean it to remove any residue.