This February, I discussed the incomparable value that tile offers in both the initial installation costs, as well as the related life-cycle costs. As mentioned, one of the leading factors in determining life-cycle costs is the associated direct costs in maintaining the specified floor finish.
On average, it costs the end user twice as much to maintain a hardwood or terrazzo floor, and three times as much to maintain stained concrete or carpet. Thinking of a poured epoxy floor? That will cost almost five times more in maintenance costs per year! Simply put, the costs to maintain tile is an economic win-win!
The beauty of tile is not only in the unlimited design and aesthetic possibilities, but also in its durability and overall ease of maintenance. With little more than a few simple steps and using the mildest of products, your tile will stand the test of time and look great for years to come.
Here are my Top 5 Maintenance Tips:
- Sweep It! – Sweeping or vacuuming the tiles daily will keep the dry dirt or other foreign agents (in dried form) from collecting on the face of the tiles. Electrostatic cleaning tools like Bona or Swiffer do a great job of removing stubborn microscopic debris.
- Saturate with clean warm water – Most days, clean warm water is all you need. If you need something a little stronger, neutral cleaners or slightly alkaline detergents can provide great results.
- Rinse – The dirty cleaning solution should be fully removed, and the surface rinsed with clean warm water. Cleaners and detergents can leave latent residues by their very nature, so rinsing is a must.
- Use scratch resistant scrubbers – Nylon or plastic bristled scrubbers and pads work best. Steer clear of steel wool pads or scouring pads or any other harsh cleaning agents containing metal as these can damage the surface of the tile.
- Stay away from harsh acids – These chemicals can be harmful to the tiles, grout, and setting materials. If a more aggressive product is needed, go with a mild alkaline or a mild acidic agent.
That’s it! Keep it simple and enjoy the all the benefits of your low maintenance program.
Feel free to reach out to anyone on the QA&T Team, as we can help set up your next maintenance program.