There are several mistakes commonly made by those wanting to clean ceramic tile flooring. Ceramic tiles often have a hard finish on them which is more delicate than many other substances. While certain cleaners may be acceptable for linoleum, it is important to distinguish the difference between linoleum and ceramic; also it is important to distinguish between which chemicals are acceptable to use on tile and which ones are not.
There are two types of tile commonly used for flooring: glazed and unglazed. Glazed tiles have a hard thick finish, usually with a glossy appearance. Using the wrong kind of chemicals on glazed tiles could result in the finish wearing off or appearing dull. One of the simplest solutions is soap and water. Those whose grandmothers were 1950s housewives will remember their grandmothers echoing this advice. While many old techniques are waved off as “obsolete”, this is one that could save a tile floor from becoming dull, allowing it to retain its original shine for years. Simply cleaning the floor with a small amount of dish detergent and hot water is safe and effective. Think about it: dish detergent cleans plates so well, people trust it enough to eat from the surface of the plate afterward, so why not? Adding bleach to disinfect is not a good idea. Dish detergents with antibacterial qualities are good to use for this purpose, also some tile manufacturers make disinfectants which are specifically designed for safe use on glazed ceramic tiling.
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