Hardwood Floors & flooring

Tip to Cleaning Floor Tiles in Your Kitchen

by Anita Alvarez

Kitchen with floor tiles

There is a secret to cleaning floor tiles effectively, and it could revolutionize how you clean your kitchen floor. With this little approach, you can put the right oomph into the work you do to keep the tiles clean and in better condition in the long run.

So, what's the secret? Rinse the floor after cleaning.

Tile Cleaning Oversight

Many conscientious cleaners fill their buckets with hot water and soap, tackling their floors with vim and vigorous elbow grease. According to ICS Cleaning Specialist, these efforts are in vain if you don't rinse the floors. Here's why:

Dirty grout doesn't just happen overnight, and neither does dirt buildup. Despite months and years of mopping the floors with a cleaning solution, one stroke of your mop is simply lifting up dirt from one place and moving it to another. As the floors dry, the dirt settles back into the tiny surface grooves on the tile and into the grout the lowest point of the floor where the moisture can travel.

For that reason, homeowners don't need specialized commercial tools to do the job well. You just need to know the proper steps to follow.

Spot Clean While It's Soft

Use an antibacterial cleaning solution or vinegar to spot clean the floors and lift hardened grease. Employ a natural cleaner like Murphy® Oil Soap Squirt & Mop Floor Cleaner on a regular basis to keep floors free of dirt and grime before it sets in.

Vent to Prevent

To get rid of mildew, use an ammonia-based cleaner (or a mix of ammonia and water just be sure to ventilate the area well), and scrub the areas with a brush or rag. The best way to prevent mildew problems in the kitchen is by mopping up water spills and always running the exhaust fan when you're cooking.

Rinse

Once you've tackled the dirt, it's time to rinse. Empty the bucket containing your cleaning solution and fill it with warm, clean water. Rinse out your mop or rag thoroughly or better yet, use a new one. Pass over the floors to completely remove the cleaning solution, as well as the dirt that your first pass merely loosened. If you need to, empty the bucket and fill it with fresh water as you work your way over the floor.

Cleaning floor tiles can be a satisfying job, if you know how to approach it to get the results everyone expects.

This article was brought to you by Colgate-Palmolive Company, the makers of Murphy® Oil Soap. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not reflect the position of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.