Tile flooring upgrades just about every kitchen it touches, but only if you know how to care for it. Which of course, we don’t want to scare you - instead, we want to help you easily keep your beautiful new floor looking elegant and fresh for years to come. At Unique Home Building when people come to us looking to upgrade their kitchen with tile flooring all the time, and for good reason! What they don’t know going into it is how to clean messes and care for the tile on a regular basis. When you don’t care for it properly, it doesn’t last. So what are you supposed to do?
Whether you live alone or have a busy family zooming around, messes are always bound to happen. You might find yourself stressed out avoiding them though and that doesn’t let anyone feel at home. So instead of banning everyone from the floor, it's important to make sure dirt and spills do not have a chance to make themselves at home. Surprisingly, this is easy enough to do with a mop or cloth, hot water, and a mild household detergent. Just spot test it first to make sure it treats your tile well.
Another simple and tile safe option you can utilize, is to mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser. This is a great natural alternative for those who are wanting to avoid harsh chemicals.
Of course, you should never underestimate the power of regular maintenance. I know you’re busy but the truth of the matter is, you need to keep up on the floors so they can keep up with you! The best and most effective step you can take is to regularly sweep, vacuum, and damp mop your tile floors. Even a quick sweeping or vacuum job will remove the dirt and debris before it can become embedded in the tile or grout. Mopping with warm water and using a cleaning product safe for your tile will also enhance your tile’s gloss, shine, and color.
Not to be forgotten, you want to prioritize grout care; it’s the stuff that holds your tiles in place. Naturally, as a result of time and exposure to the elements, grout can become discolored and dingy. When this happens, it really detracts from the beauty of your floor. So to preserve the tile and grout, you really want to make sure that the grout is properly sealed after installation; and even update the seal once a year to maintain it's use and beauty. This will keep stains, dirt, and water from being able to penetrate the protective barrier.
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in home and each detail should be considered wisely during the your home building or remodeling project. The contractors at Unique Home Building are skilled and prepared to work with you on each of these details, whatever the project size. Contact us today and get your plan started!