Tile can easily be one of the best additions to an industrial environment, especially when dealing with the kitchen or restroom.
The problem however, is that no matter how hard you try, you are going to find that keeping your building or bathroom tile from becoming dirty, is absolutely impossible.
At some point in order to keep it clean your cleaners will be on the floor scrubbing the tiles, doing their best to get rid of footprints or other offending marks.
In fact, no matter how you slice it at some point you are going to need to hire someone to take care of your hard floor cleaning and maintenence.
There are a few things you should avoid, so let’s take a look at the top 10 tile cleaning Do’s and Don’ts.
DO: Clean the Tiles Regularly
Tile is porous, so much so that it can be difficult to clean if you let it go for too long.
Tile should be cleaned each and every day, assuming the room is actually being used. Dirt can easily build up within the grout and cause the tiles to become rather unsightly.
DO: Lay Down Mats
A huge part of proper tile cleaning is preventative maintenance, part of which is laying down mats. It is important that you keep such mats properly cleaned and in front of high traffic areas.
A good example would be in front of the sink or even a kitchen island in a commercial kitchen. Keep your mats clean!
DON’T: Use Abrasive or Harsh Chemicals
Though it might be tempting in the interest of getting the tile cleaning job done quickly, a tile cleaning service will tell you that it is best that you never use abrasive or harsh chemicals on your tile.
Not only will it eat away at the grout, it will also break down the tile over time.
DO: Use a good cleaner
Many companies use bleach. That's not always necessary and in some cases it can be harmful when left on for too long. Other cleaners also kill germs in an industrial or commercial setting.
Cleaning supplies with peroxide are able to effectively, and safely kill germs bacteria and viruses.
DON’T: Use Scouring Powder without Testing It
If your cleaning team recommends scouring powder, they will normally test it on a small part of the tile before committing it to the entirety of the floor. Request that they mention it to you if they are going to change cleaning supplies so that you have a voice in what goes into your industrial area and so that you're sure that the cleaning powders are safe and won't scratch.
DO: Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
We cannot stress enough how important it is to use cleaners that are environmentally friendly. Not only will this be better for the environment, it will contribute to a healthier workplace.
DO: Use a Grout Sealer
Grout sealer in tile cleaning can certainly help to preserve your floor for many years to come!
DO: Use Precision Equipment
Your building cleaning service will have grout cleaning supplies. Suggest to them any time that you see the tile begin to become grey looking that they utilize instruments that will reach around fixtures and small crevices. Not all grout and tile cleaning is cut and dry, sometimes it will require some sleight of hand. Building cleaning services or tile cleaning services will typically have more specialized tools for this job.
DO: Clean Right Away!
The last thing you ever want to do is allow a spill to sit on your tile floor. Any time spills happen it’s not only a stain waiting to happen but an accident waiting to happen. Make it a policy in your building that spills are cleaned immediately.
DO: Use Experienced Professionals
Last but certainly not least, don't try to take on the task of commercial or industrial cleaning in your building on your own. Hire an expert. They will have the right training, tools and expertise to get the job done right the first time.