Tile Cleaning in Northern Ireland & Ireland
Northern Ireland & Ireland
A Bullet – point guide
Ceramic, Porcelain and Impervious tile types
- Daily moist mop the floor with a detergent with a ph between 7 and 10. This mild, neutral to mild alkaline detergent should be effective enough to remove light daily soiling without being aggressive to either the grout or tile face.
- Weekly wet mop the tiles with a stronger solution of the same detergent with very hot water. If you find that the detergent leaves a residue then simply rinse the floor off with clean water.
- Make sure that the water you use is completely clean and as hot as you can get it for the cleaning, as heat often acts as an activator for the detergent.
- In Ireland , north and south, the water is of a high quality with no major contaminants and should need no softeners to clean your floors. The trick is to ensure it is clean.
- On larger floor it will be necessary to change the water in your mop bucket as it deteriorates with the uptake of dirt.
- With floors which have light coloured grouts it may be necessary to dry the floor manually with either a wet vacuum or by hand using a towel. This step is in order to avoid pooling of soiled water in the grout joints which are naturally the low points on the floor.
Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, Sandstone and Granite Tile Types
- Again it is advisable to use a moist mop often to clean up and lift off any dust, dirt and sandy grit from the floor. We at Old 2 New Tiles find a flat microfiber mop to best for this as they need very little detergent but still have great cleaning attributes.
- We suggest that you fill a spray bottle with a weak solution of neutral detergent and spray the floor sparingly in front of you as you mop the floor with your flat mop. This ensures you do not over wet the floor and thus risk soiling the grout joints.
- Isolated spillages should be cleaned immediately and thoroughly. This often means getting ‘’down and dirty’’ with a basin of neutral detergent solution and manually cleaning the effected area.
- Similarly with grout joints: if you see a spillage or dirt trapped in the joints it is best to clean them immediately. Often you may only need a soft sponge but sometimes it is effective to use a light non scoring scourer. Be careful at all times not to use detergents or tools which will endanger the floors finish, polish or sealer.
- If your floor has been treated with a topical or surface sealer be mindful that what you must now protect is less the floor and more the sealer. For example if you have a waxed marble floor then you must take steps to clean the wax and for this you should seek guidance from either the manufacturer, the company who apllied it or your local restoration company. Old 2 New Tiles often gets asked for advice on the maintenance of sealers and waxes which we were not involved with. It is only courteous and good future business marketing for us so please do not be afraid to enquire!
- We are always banging on about this but I will stress it again: enjoy your floor. Do not be afraid to use it fully. If you need advice, ask for it . There are very few floors around today which are not usable and serviceable for domestic and commercial settings given the proper sealing and maintenance techniques.