The floor is the biggest surface in your home that needs to be cleaned. No one wants to spend an hour cleaning the floor. The good news is that tile flooring does not require as much maintenance as compared to other flooring choices.

With proper care, tile flooring can look like new for years.  Whether you have stone, vinyl or ceramic tiles, here are the best ways to clean tile floors.

Clean the floor regularly

The easiest and most effective way to keep your floor looking great is to sweep, vacuum and damp mop the floor every day. This helps eliminate dirt and other debris that accumulate on the floor. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but grit and sand can dull glazed surfaces.

Don’t wait until your floor is dirty before you start cleaning. Regular cleaning is important as it prevents the need for hard scrubbing and use of strong chemicals.

Clean up spills promptly

Wipe up spills the moment they happen. Make sure that dirt and spills don’t have a chance to get comfortable. Otherwise, this may result to serious stains and damage.

Soak up excess water

Damp mopping at least once a week is important as it helps enhance your tile’s color, shine and gloss. But be sure to wring out excess water as it can soak into your grout lines; thus, causing it to stink and look dirty. For this reason, it is also important to dry the floor after mopping.

Don’t forget the grout

Clean grout is the real secret to great-looking tile floor. Dirty grouts are noticeable and can ruin an otherwise clean floor.

You don’t need a commercial cleaner to clean your grout. Instead, mix water and baking soda and saturate the dirty grout with the mixture. Depending on how dirty the grout is, leave it for a couple of hours or even overnight. Scrub with a nylon brush and rinse with warm water.