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Tile Cleaning Mistakes Not To Make

Cleaning your tiles doesn't have to be hard. Here's how!


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Effective Tile Cleaning Hacks

Do you have tiled flooring in your home? Tiling is a popular choice in many South African homes especially in high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. This makes them floors that are especially important to keep clean and hygienic because of the level of dirt and germs that can exist in them.

Here’s a quick guide on tile cleaning; what the best product to use is and what mistakes to avoid when cleaning your tiling.

How To Clean Tiles?

Cleaning your tiles in your bathroom, kitchen or living spaces is a simple process that, if done well, can yield excellent, shining results.

Choose An Excellent Tile Floor Cleaner

To yield best results, choose a cleaning product that is specifically formulated for floor cleaning. At Cleanipedia, we love Handy Andy’s new range of floor cleaners. Handy Andy All-in-1 Floor Cleaners with the power of Domestos cleans with a streak-free shine and kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The product’s Acti-Shine Technology is formulated to cut through stubborn dirt and grease on floors and works really well on tiled floors.

Here's how to use Handy Andy All-in-1 Floor Cleaner as a bathroom tile cleaner or for any other floor surfaces in your home:

  • Mix three caps of floor cleaner in a bucket of warm water.

  • With a cleaned mop, dip it in the solution and drain out any excess water from the mop.

  • Mop your tiled floors. No need to rinse.

  • For an extra sine on your floors, wipe with a dry, soft cloth.

Mistakes To Avoid When Cleaning Tiles

Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when cleaning bathroom floor tiles as well as any other tiled floors in your home like the kitchen, lounge, or patio.

  • Don’t forget to sweep the tiled floor first! If you don’t sweep first, you run the risk of simply swishing the dirt and grime around the floor when you wash it, making it even dirtier.

  • Use a cleaned mop every time. Every time you’ve washed your floors, be sure to thoroughly clean your mop, or else you’ll be using a dirty mop to clean your floors and potentially spreading more germs around.

  • Pouring too much water out onto the floor. Many make the mistake of thinking that tiles can withstand a lot of water. Technically they can but over time the grouting between the tiles (which is porous) can soak up the dirty water and leave it stained. Use minimal water when cleaning and wring out your mop as much as possible too.

  • Don’t leave spills to stain. Even though tile floors can withstand spills better than laminate or marble flooring, it is still wise to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen to avoid the liquid staining the grout and even the tiling.

What Habits To Avoid When Cleaning Tiles

What’s Best For Cleaning Tile Floors?

The best way to clean tiles is a three-step process that you should follow every time:

  • Step 1 – Always sweep your tiled surface first.

  • Step 2 – Use a good tile cleaning product like Handy Andy and mix it with warm water for the best solution.

  • Step 3 – Wipe the area with a dry, soft cloth for additional shininess!

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