Restore Your Office Floor Tiles Using These Tips
Many offices opt for tiles over carpeting since they are easier to maintain. In some way, it is correct. Unlike carpets, tiles are non-absorbent, which quickly absorbs liquids, mould, dirt, and dust. Hence, the difference in microbial growth. However, it does not mean that your office tiles are safe from germs and bacteria. Here are some tips to restore the shine and maintain your tile flooring to extend its longevity.
How often are tile floors cleaned?
Your tile floors can be dry cleaned (with a broom or vacuum) once or twice a week to remove any grit that could damage the tile surface. Wet clean or mop your floors every two weeks or at most once a month. But dry and wet cleaning your office tiles will depend on the foot traffic. The higher the foot traffic, the more frequently you should clean them.
What is needed to clean our office tiles?
Here are the materials and tools you will need to bring back the shine of your tile floors:
- Broom & dustpan or vacuum (for dry cleaning)
- Dry cloth
- All-purpose cleaner, dish soap, or white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Warm water
Cleaning Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floors
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common types of tile flooring. They are easy to maintain as they do not easily scratch or lose their shine. However, seeing the grime buildup underneath your feet is usually challenging. To clean these types of tiles, use an all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, or white vinegar.
The steps for cleaning ceramic or porcelain tile floors are as follows:
- Dry clean the floors by sweeping or vacuuming. Dirt tends to pile up in the corners, so sweep or vacuum thoroughly. A microfibre duster is effective at collecting dust and hair, but use a vacuum, whenever possible, to get rid of every dirt that collects on the floors.
- Mix warm water into the cleaner. Dip a microfibre mop into the solution and squeeze out the excess water.
- Run the mop over evenly and gently. Follow only a single stroke as you mop the tiles to avoid missing an area.
- Replace the water regularly. The water will eventually get cloudier as you rinse the rag or mop. So, it is best to prepare a second bucket of water ready to dip and rinse your dirty mop. You can dip it back into the clean soapy bucket to finish mopping the remaining areas. If your tiles look hazy after mopping, you might be dealing with soapy residue. To address this, create a mixture of hot water and white vinegar and run a damp rag to get rid of that haze.
- Clean the grout. Mix two parts of baking soda with one part vinegar to clean stained or discoloured grout. For fragile tiles, combine two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide. You may use an old toothbrush to apply the paste to the grout lines. If you opted for the vinegar solution, apply the mixture inconspicuously along the grout lines to avoid staining the tile. Let the paste sit for several minutes, then rinse clean with water.
- Dry your tile floors with a clean cloth. Dry your floors immediately after mopping to prevent water spots from forming.
Cleaning Marble and Other Natural Stone Tile Floors
Marble, granite, or slate tile floors can be cleaned similarly as porcelain and ceramic tiles, but with some caveats:
- Your broom should have soft bristles as natural stone tile floors are scratch magnets compared to ceramic and porcelain.
- Check the ingredients of your cleaner because anything acidic, such as vinegar or pungent, is a no-no for slate and marble tiles. Granite tile requires a pH-neutral, mild detergent to avoid discolouration.
What Floor Polishing Can Do
Hard floors can become not only grimy and dirty but also dull over time even if you vacuum, sweep, and mop regularly. When they become unsightly, you might think of replacing them when all they need is intensive professional cleaning and polishing. Doing so improves floor appearance. Professional floor cleaners can remove scuff marks off your floor and restore the original shine of the floor surface using the appropriate equipment, making office spaces presentable and looking sparkly clean.
Engaging Professional Office Cleaners
Keeping your tile floors clean is crucial to maintaining a healthy and safe work environment, especially in the coffee station, pantry, kitchen, and bathroom, where mould and fungi can breed and thrive. With the help of office cleaning professionals, you can focus on the core functions of your company and, at the same time, be confident about customer impressions of your office. They can help with the restoration and longevity of your tile floors by using specialised cleaning and polishing solutions and equipment to bring them back to a “good as new” state.
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