We purchased a home which has a beautiful stone floor tile in the kitchen. It literally looks like stone, with a rough texture. I soon realized though, that although it looks very nice and is extremely durable, it can be difficult to keep clean. I will share the tips I have I have discovered which make it easier to keep the textured tile clean.
Things you will need: a good vacuum, a mop, a long-handled scrub brush, a bucket, some cleaning solution, and some towels.
1. Vacuum the floor on a regular basis. Sweeping is okay sometimes for smaller, between meal clean-up, but vacuuming with a good vaccum will get the debris up from the crevises in the textured tile. We have a high-traffic kitchen, so the tile is vacuumed daily. I recommend that even in a very low-traffic room, textured tile should be vacuumed at least weekly; dust settles into the flooring even if it is not walked on much.
2. Mop regularly. Our high-traffic kitchen is mopped weekly, with spot-mopping as needed; a less-used kitchen may not need to be mopped so often, if vacuumed well regularly. I have discovered that a cotton mop-head, with thick strands is more durable than any other type of mop-head I have tried.
3. Use hot water with a small amount of cleaning solution. I prefer to use about 1/4 cup of white vinegar, but cleaning solution is okay. If too much cleaning solution is used, some may remain in the texture of the tile and dust and debris will stick more easily. Slop some water on the floor with your mop, working one section at a time.
4. Scrub with a long-handled scrub brush. If your textured tile is not in a high-traffic room, you will not need to scrub it every week; mopping will clean it well enough. But scrubbing at least on occasion will really clean the tile well. Of course you can just scrub on your hands and knees, but I tend to look for an ‘easier’ way which will accomplish the same task. So I bought what is actually meant to be a patio broom, but works great as a long-handled scrub brush. So after I slop the water onto a section of the floor, I then scrub with my long-handled brush.
5. Mop up the water, then towel dry. After scrubbing each section, I mop up as much water as possible and then use a towel to dry it a bit more. Towel drying accomplishes two things: your floor will be dry much faster, and it will be cleaner (the water is lifting dirt from the floor, so the more water you can get off the floor, the cleaner your floor is.)
Follow these five steps, and you will enjoy a clean textured tile floor!