A tile floor is one of the best floors you can have. That’s because tile is waterproof, durable, and gives you so many options to choose from in terms of style and color. Most importantly, unlike hardwood and carpet, tile doesn’t require a lot of maintenance work. For these reasons, many homeowners prefer to have their floors tiled.
If you’ve chosen tile, your floor should be regularly cleaned if you want it to look as good as new for years.
Regular cleaning versus deep cleaning
There are two types of tile cleaning – regular cleaning and deep cleaning. Regular cleaning is what we all do frequently. You begin by sweeping the tile floor with a fluffy dust mop or vacuum cleaner. Then, once dust has been removed, you mop the floor using just water and dry the whole place.
Alternatively, or perhaps occasionally, you can mop the floor with a gallon of warm water mixed with ½ cup of white vinegar. Vinegar helps to bring back the sparkle in tile. If you have hard grease on the floors, you can use dish washing detergent in place of the vinegar. And, for stubborn stains, you can use scouring powder. All these fall in the category of regular tile cleaning.
The time comes, however, when vinegar, dish washing detergents, and scouring powders may not help much. You could even use the three together and your floor will still be as pale as ever. That’s when deep cleaning comes in.
What is deep cleaning?
As the name suggests, deep cleaning refers to cleaning methods that go beyond the surface and “deep” into the floor. Instead of just removing the dust and dirt sitting on your tiles, a deep cleaning process penetrates the floor to remove the toughest of stains to restore the shine of your tiles.
Deep cleaning is largely performed by professional tile cleaning companies. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that the machines and special supplies needed for the job are rather expensive,so they’re not worth purchasing unless you’re in the cleaning business. Also, deep cleaning requires both skill and muscle. Only professional companies have a good balance of these two.
How often should you have your floors deep cleaned?
There is no straightforward answer to this question. In fact, only after inspecting your home can a professional determine how often deep cleaning may be needed.
Nevertheless, there are a few factors that can help you estimate the required frequency. These include;
- The age of the floor: Older floors that have lost their shine may need more frequent deep-cleans to regain their sparkle. Otherwise, the old floor will only become paler and paler.
- How many people use the floor: Accumulation of dirt and tough stains is directly related to the number of people that use your home. If your floors encounter lots of traffic, you may need more frequent deep-cleans.
- How often you clean: The frequency of deep-cleans is also dependent on how often you perform regular cleaning. If you clean at least once daily, then dirt will accumulate at a slower rate, necessitating less frequent deep cleaning sessions.
- Season: Finally, deep cleaning may be needed more in some seasons. For instance, high-traffic summers and festive seasons require frequent deep cleaning.
There are many other factors to keep in mind. However, the general rule is to schedule deep cleaning at least twice a month or once a week in busy homes.
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