5 Tips for Routine Tile & Carpet Cleaning

Keeping the floors of your home or business clean can be a big chore. A simple dustpan and brush is insufficient to provide a proper clean, and even worse, often results in even more dust being kicked around the room. It’s important, therefore, to have your carpets and your tile and grout floors cleaned thoroughly and regularly to avoid problems in the future.

Naturally, dry and dusty areas will attract even more dust, allergens, and bacteria, which can settle deep within carpets. Tile and grout also attract dust and dirt which can lead to discoloured floors and an unsightly kitchen or bathroom. Here are some tips for routine cleaning that can help you keep your tile & carpet sufficiently clean:

Clean Professionally

Of course the most effective option is to contact an expert in carpet cleaning and tile & grout floor cleaning. Floodcare has commercial cleaning equipment, expertise, and experience that can help bring your floors and carpets back to life.

It’s recommended that you have your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year, and even more often for businesses, i.e. restaurants and high-traffic areas. Tile flooring should be professionally cleaned and sealed every 2-5 years. High-traffic bathrooms and kitchens should be cleaned more often.

There’s no avoiding a professional deep clean. While there’s much that you can do to keep carpet and tile clean throughout the year, a thorough deep clean will remove mould and bacterial growth deep within carpet and grout with high-temperature water pressure and professional cleaning products that will deter mould and allergens until the next cleaning is due.

Address Stains Immediately

Carpet stains should be dabbed at immediately with a moist cloth, otherwise the stain will set and become far more difficult to remove later on. Tile and grout can also discolour quickly if stains and spills are not cleaned immediately.

If you’ve failed to notice a stain, deep cleaning will most likely remove the stain since it uses high-pressure hot water that will eat away at even the toughest of stains relatively quickly.

Use Correct Products

There are plenty of powerful cleaning products available that can either properly clean your floors or damage them, so always be sure to purchase the right product for your carpet or tile.

Carpet cleaning shampoos and powder solutions should always be used as directed for the proper effect. Be sure to apply the product safely and note whether or not it’s safe to have family or animals present for some time after it’s been applied.

Neutral pH products should be considered when cleaning a sealed tile floor, otherwise products that are too acidic may eat away at the sealant and damage your floors. At least every fortnight, thoroughly clean your floors with a safe floor cleaning product. Apply wax or polish if desired for an additional clean.

Occasional Deep Clean

It’s always helpful to keep a checklist of deep cleaning items, whether it’s at home or at your business. Occasionally deep cleaning floors should always be a primary concern for keeping clean and healthy living and working spaces. If mould and bacteria are allowed to grow, they can cause serious respiratory problems. Deep cleaning will help to keep mould and bacteria growth under control.

For carpets, this involves purchasing or renting a steam cleaner and applying carpet shampoos. For tile and grout, high-pressure hot water followed by sealant will keep the tile protected for months or years until needing another deep clean.

Vacuum Carpets Regularly

Hopefully you’re cleaning your home carpets at least every fortnight, but consider the type of vacuum cleaner that you’re using. High-quality vacuum cleaners don’t have to cost a fortune. Look for HEPA filters that are great at catching pet dander and dust deep within carpets.