Mopping the floor is not exactly my favorite chore. In fact, I’d rather do the dishes or do the laundry. After all, you can always use the dishwasher or the washing machine. When it comes to mopping, well, let’s just say that those new mopping robots are not only expensive, but they can’t do the job very well. Hence, it’s still better if you do it “manually.” Here’s the thing, I really don’t like mopping, but if you do a lousy job, you’d be mopping again really soon. What I learned is that you better do it efficiently and effectively, so you don’t have to do this dreaded chore very often.
It’s best that we start with prevention. Your tile mopping job gets a lot easier if you don’t allow spills and dirt to settle. Keep in mind that spills and dirt will always happen and banning liquids and dirt is too restrictive or near pointless. Your best option is to clean up dirt tracks and spills as soon as possible.
This is easily done with the use of mild detergent, warm water, and cloth or mop. Also, be sure that you do a “spot test” on your tiles before using a household detergent extensively as it might cause damages.
Another preventative measure you can do is to do regular maintenance. This just means doing the regular vacuuming and sweeping.
When it comes to the actual cleaning, you can use the DIY cleaning solutions I mentioned above. However, the biggest tip is to use warm water as much as possible as this can help in bringing out the color, shine, and gloss of your tiles.
If you want to eliminate the odor coming off from the tiles, a mixture of white vinegar in a gallon of water works really great. This is also a great option if you have pets or children as hash chemicals may become a health hazard for your loved ones.
Tiles are often set into place using grout. Grout is a very porous material, which means it can attract and “store” a lot of dirt, debris, and grime. The best way to prevent this is to have your grout sealed regularly, so these nasty elements doesn’t have the chance to enter the grout.
So that’s it. Again, it’s best that you do the mopping right, so you don’t have to do it very often. And, with our tips mentioned above, you are already equipped on how to achieve such goal.