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Helpful Tile Cleaning Tips

Tiles are great way to add a sense of sophistication and charm to your home without shelling out big bucks. Tile cleaning is never an easy task; it is long, tedious and cumbersome. Furthermore, it is easy to get confused when it comes to finding the right way of cleaning tiles. It is imperative to clean the tiles carefully in order to maintain their beauty, lustre and durability. A lot of care needs to be administered while cleaning the grouts between the tiles as they are prone to breaking. Compiled in this article are simple yet effective tips to cleaning different types of tiles.

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Cleaning Slate tiles
Slate tiles are one of the most sought after options in tiles as they are durable, aesthetically appealing, porous, and slip-resistant. Because of their porous nature, slate tiles are easy to clean with minimal of supervision. To clean the tiles, first remove the surface debris and dirt using a vacuum. Make it a point to remove dirt from all nooks and crevices. You do not need any chemically concentrated cleaning agent to clean your slate tiles; regular dish washing soap will also do. First, mix half a cup of cleaning soap into a tub of warm water. Refrain from using excess water to clean tiles; remember that in this case less is more. Using a clean cotton mop, sweep the tiles with the soapy water. Repeat the process two more times to remove the excess water and allow the tiles to dry naturally. Try not to use harsh cleaning agents on slate tiles as it can strip them of their sealants.

Cleaning kitchen tiles
Kitchen tiles are probably more susceptible to being stained. The simple mopping that you do to clean regular tiles might not work to remove stubborn stains. What you need is to take an aggressive approach to cleaning. Use nylon scrubbing pads and chlorine-free cleaner, spray the solution directly on the stain and wait for few seconds. Once the stain is soaked through, it will be much easier to clean it away. Using the nylon pad, scrub the stain away in a circular motion. If you are using any new cleaning agents, make sure to test them on a small surface area to check for any adverse reactions before you clean the entire floor with the cleaning agent.

Cleaning Saltillo tiles
17Saltillo tiles are very much in vogue today. Unlike other tiling options, Saltillo tiles are naturally produced from sun-dried clay. These tiles have a stunning rustic charm to them that is incomparable. A lot more care needs to be given when it comes to cleaning Saltillo tiles. Even though Saltillo tiles are sturdy, they have a very delicate surface that is prone to chipping and starching over time. Before you start with the cleaning, check the surface for any visible cracks. If there are any major cracks on the tiles, seal them off. Start by removing the dirt from the surface using a broom or vacuum with brush attachment. Use plain water to wash the tiles; opt for a cleaning agent that is mild and specifically designed to clean Saltillo tiles. Complete the process by polishing the floors; waxing is not suitable for Saltillo, but polishing sure is.