Tile floors are a popular choice in offices and commercial spaces for their durability and ease of maintenance. They are used in lobbies, kitchens, bathrooms, and other high-traffic areas. Although tile floors are easy to maintain, they are susceptible to scuffs, chips and cracks, and looking dull. With regular commercial floor maintenance, tile floors can withstand wear and tear and remain in pristine condition for years to come. Here’s what you need to know to clean tile floors.
Types of Tile Floors
- • Porcelain
- • Ceramic
- • Glass
- • Vinyl
- • Mosaic
- • Vitrified
- • Onyx
- • Granite
- • Marble
- • Limestone
- • Travertine
- • Natural Slate
- • Sandstone
Tiles are inevitable for collecting dust, dirt, and debris since they have grout lines. Both sweeping and vacuuming should be done daily for all types of tiles, especially in high-traffic spaces.
Mopping with warm water and mild dish soap is the best solution for most types of commercial tile floors. Harsh cleaning chemicals can damage certain types of tiles, so it is important to use PH neutral cleaning products. Ensure tiles are not oversaturated by buffing dry with a dry, microfibre cloth to remove excess water. Change the water frequently to prevent dirty water from seeping into the grout.
For large commercial spaces including warehouses, medical facilities, schools, and other industrial commercial spaces, floor scrubbing is highly beneficial. This process covers larger surface areas quickly and is much more effective than a mop. It prolongs the lifespan of cement and ceramic tile floors by preventing cracks, stains, and other wear and tear that can occur. Floor scrub machines feature a variety of brush heads, which allows them to reach difficult cracks and crevices. To learn more about our commercial floor scrubbing services, click here.
Floor Strip & Wax
Polished tile floors need floor stripping and waxing. This process brings commercial tile floors back to life with a polished shine. Vinyl composite tile (VCT) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) require a PH neutral solution and sealant. To learn more about our commercial floor stripping and waxing services, click here.
Porcelain tiles come in polished or unpolished varieties. This will affect the method of floor care required. Unpolished floors require warm water and vinegar. The solution must stay wet for 5-10 minutes, scrub with a soft bristle brush, and rinse and dry to complete the process.
Diluted commercial tile cleaner can also be used for unpolished porcelain tile floors.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tile floors require the least amount of maintenance. A simple sweep, vacuum, and mop will do the trick. No special cleaning agents are necessary.
Other Tile Materials
Other tile floors can be very sensitive to commercial floor cleaning products, so it is important to clean with PH neutral cleaners that are not acidic. When in doubt, hot soapy water is best.
To improve the longevity of commercial tiles, grout cleaning is crucial. Grout cleaning brightens the look of tiles. For best results, use a toothbrush, baking soda, and water to scrub grout lines. Rinse with warm water and wipe to dry. An eraser is useful for removing grout stains.
The type of commercial floor care required depends on the material of your office or commercial floors. Prevent wear and tear and damage by hiring a commercial cleaning company to take on all your floor maintenance needs. Call (604) 644-8540 to request a free quote!