The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Floors Beautiful
A clean and well-maintained floor not only adds charm to your home but also provides a healthy environment for your family. However, keeping your floors clean can be a challenging task, especially if you don’t have a proper plan, cleaners, or tools to assist you. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the best strategies to maintain clean floors, including the use of color seal, proper cleaning techniques, where you should focus your cleaning efforts, the type of cleaners to use, and the benefits of an annual professional maintenance cleaning.
Color Seal: The Secret to Effortless Cleaning
Grout lines are notorious for collecting dirt and stains, Marring the beauty of your floor. Color Seal is a game changing solution for addressing this issue. Here are some reasons you must consider it when trying to keep your tile floors looking new.
· Uniform Appearance: Color Seal gives your grout lines a consistent and fresh look. It doesn’t matter if your floors are brand new, grout color can be inconsistent in color from the moment it is installed, giving the floor a blotchy and stained appearance. Color Seal is a colored sealer that forms a barrier on top of your grout, concealing the blotchy or stained grout below.
· Nonporous Grout: Color Seal is a topical grout sealer that fills all the pores of the grout making cleaning spills as easy as wiping them away. Other dirt and grime also clean up much easier with the deep pores of the grout filled. · Long Lasting Value: At Beyond Clean Tile, we offer a fantastic deal – if we Color Seal your floors we offer a free touch up of Color Seal if you have your floors cleaned by us within 3 years of us applying it. This offer extends for another three years with each subsequent professional cleaning potentially going on for a life time. This means if you have your floors color sealed and cleaned once every three years you will never have to worry about resealing your floors again.
Avoid Puddling in the Grout Lines
When cleaning your floors, be cautious not to overuse cleaning solutions or water. Excessive liquid can lead to puddling in the grout lines, which can create several issues:
· Dirt Accumulation: Too much cleaning solution can cause dirt to be pushed into the grout lines, where it gets absorbed, making it difficult to clean.
· Spreading Dirt: Overusing water can push dirt from the high traffic areas to the edges and corners of the room, leading to a concentrated dirt build up.
To prevent these problems, we recommend using cleaning solutions sparingly by spraying your cleaning solution instead of mopping. This allows you to better control how much product is applied to the floor.
Cleaning High Traffic Areas Frequently
High traffic areas such as entryways, kitchens, hallways, and other busy sections of your home tend to accumulate dirt more quickly. To maintain a clean floor, give extra attention to these areas by cleaning them more frequently. Regularly sweeping and cleaning these areas every day or twice a week can significantly help from spreading throughout your home. Focusing your cleaning efforts on the high traffic areas will not only save you time and energy but keep your floors looking great.
Using a Neutral Cleaner for Safe and Effective Cleaning
The choice of cleaning products is crucial for preserving the beauty of your floor. Using a neutral pH cleaner offers several advantages:
· Safe for Sensitive Surfaces: Neutral cleaners such as MB Stone Care’s Stone Glow are gentle and safe to use on sensitive natural stones like marble, travertine, and limestone, as they won’t cause damage or etching.
· No Residue: Unlike harsh degreasers, neutral cleaners typically don’t require rinsing. This means no soap residues are left behind to trap dirt, making your floor easier to clean.
· No Grout Damage: Many grout cleaners are acidic, which means they clean by dissolving and breaking apart the top surface of the grout. However, if these cleaners are not thoroughly rinsed and extracted, they will continue work their way deep into the grout creating pinholes and weak points in the grout that gives way to cracking. These pinholes and cracks act as highways for stains to get deep within the grout where they can become permanent.
Professional Maintenance Cleaning Program
While regular maintenance is essential, an annual professional cleaning is a crucial part of keeping your floors in their best condition. Here’s why it’s worth considering:
· Deep Cleaning: Professionals can effectively remove deep seated dirt and stains from the grout, which can be impossible for homeowners to reach.
· Variety of Cleaners: Professional tile cleaning companies should have a variety of different cleaners to use to address the different types of soiling in your home. This allows the cleaning professional to as much dirt and grime as possible.
· Specialized Equipment: Professional cleaning using hot water extraction is proven to be the most effective way to clean tile and grout.
· Better results from regular maintenance cleaning: Dirt and grime will continue to build up in hard to reach places, trapping dirt over time. Professional cleanings will remove this dirt and grime allowing the homeowner to have more effective cleanings in the future.
Maintaining clean and beautiful floors is a vital part of creating a welcoming and healthy home environment. By utilizing Color Seal for grout protection, preventing puddling when cleaning, addressing high traffic areas regularly, using a neutral cleaner, and investing in an annual professional tile maintenance cleaning, you can enjoy stunning floors that will last for years to come. Implement these strategies, and your floors will remain a source of pride and comfort in your home.