How to Keep Your Tiles Clean

Keeping your house clean is difficult enough in itself. And if you want to do it properly, you have to think about all the different materials and the proper ways of cleaning them. Cleaning Tiles

Wooden floors, carpets, upholstered furniture, glass surfaces, and of course, tiles. It is almost impossible to imagine a home without them, at least in the bathroom and kitchen, but with modern design, they are spreading all over the place.

Regardless of their location and color, tiles might be quite a challenge when it comes to keeping them clean. But of course, nothing is impossible, so with the right approach, it can become much easier than before. MaidThis experts share a few tips that could save a lot of time and energy while cleaning the tiles.

Keep Up the Frequency

The more often you clean your tiles, the easier it will be for you. Have the cleaning equipment ready at hand, and use it whenever you find a moment.

Also, make sure you immediately clean up any potential mess on the tiles and prevent it from piling it up. For instance, wipe the tiles after every shower. It will later save you a lot of time and energy during the general cleaning. 

Sweeping and mopping are equally important, though you might want to put a special accent on sweeping as it will help to keep the glaze on your tiles, which could otherwise be dulled by the accumulated grit.

Take Care of the Debris First

This is the first step in every tile cleaning. First remove all the crumbs, dirt, hair and other debris.

Of course, vacuuming is always the most efficient way, but if you want to keep it frequent, as mentioned above, you can leave vacuuming for “special occasions”, i.e. big cleaning, and simply swipe it in the meantime.

Otherwise, if you apply water immediately, you will probably just make a way bigger mess, and will consequently spend more time taking care of it. So get rid of all that piled up dirt first, and then you can move on to mopping.

Change the Water

If you keep mopping your tiles with dirty water, can you really call it cleaning?

If you do that, you will only make your floor cloudy. Plus, in this way, you will not remove all the dirt from the floor, but someone who walks in socks over your tile certainly will, as this type of careless wiping will certainly leave your socks dirty.

So make sure you change the cleaning water regularly, but don’t use too much detergent. If you use too much soap, it is going to create a residue on your tiles, and you don’t want it.

Just to be sure that doesn’t happen, don’t put too much detergent, and if you have been doing that before, use lemon juice or some other mild acid or all-purpose cleaner to remove the film that has appeared on your tiles.

Clean the Grouts

Keeping the grouts clean requires more than regular mopping. Plus, don’t forget people often have tiles on the walls as well, not just on the floors.

The problem with grout is that they’re a bit difficult to access, and they absorb grease and similar stains.

The good thing is you can make the most efficient grout cleaner at home, by using baking soda and water paste. You should rub the paste into the grouts and leave it do the work overnight.

Use a stiff brush (nylon, not metal, as it could damage the surfaces) to scrub it. You can repeat this process several times until grouts return to their previous condition. And to prevent further stains, you can apply a silicon-based sealer.

Tiles can be used in many places in our homes, which makes their proper cleaning all that more important.

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Four Flooring Ideas for Your Creative Space

The errant soldering iron accident here, the odd paint splash there, and suddenly your craft area looks less like a creative space and more like a disaster zone. Choosing a durable flooring for your craft corner or hobby room can extend the life of your space, leaving your spare time open for the craft projects you really want to finish. Temporary-Flooring-Trimco

Temporary Flooring

Products like Aqua Shield by Trimaco are a perfect temporary flooring option. Unroll the water-resistant material in long sheets to cover your space, trimming it to line up perfectly. Then tape the seams and enjoy your new damage-resistant flooring until the time comes to roll it up again when you want to change the look or convert your space for another use.

Leave it Bare

If your creative space has a cement floor, don’t cover it with other flooring. You can express your creativity by painting it or using a cement stain in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Cement is a great surface for a creative space due to its durability. It can be hard on knees and backs when standing for hours, so place a couple of throw rugs in bright colors or invest in a rubber shock-absorbing mat where you’ll be standing.

Wood Would be Good

While using wood as a flooring can open it up to damage from paint spills or dropping heavy tools, if you already have wood in your space you can use it to your advantage. If you’re feeling brave, paint it in a cheerful checkerboard pattern that will help to disguise wear and tear or put some rugs or plastic flooring down to avoid harming it with any crafting spills.

Tile for a While

Similar to cement, tile is a durable surface treatment that can resist plenty of crafting disasters thrown its way. Seal the tile and grout to avoid seeping stains from spilled paint, and you’ll have a surface that will last for years. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can set tiny tile squares in a variety of mosaic-like patterns. Take inspiration from simple cross stitch patterns for flowers, decorative borders and other motifs, and lay your tiles to match some of your favorite stitching projects.

Whether your creative space is the corner of a larger area or an entire room dedicated to your passion, you can find temporary or permanent flooring that will not only repel the very worst spills and accidents you throw at it, but will also reflect your own innovative and creative vision for a space you can truly call your own.
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Family Life with Laminate Flooring

Designing a family home is a tough task.

You have to consider every member if the households needs and expectations, to promote a healthy and happy home environment; all the while trying to offer a consistent look and feel that every budding interior designer craves.

Another element to consider is new arrivals to the family, what would be best design to fit around each family members specific needs and tastes.

Now most rooms in the home can be adapted without many problems. Depending on how far you wish to go, it could be as simple as a lick of paint and some furniture rearranging. However for some of you, a complete re design may be necessary, which leads to the horror of having to replace the floor. Family Life with Laminate FlooringNot only is this an unpleasant task physically, but also mentally as you struggle to decide which flooring you would like to use as a replacement. Hardwood, Tiles, Vinyl, Carpet. All options which have their own unique benefits and drawbacks.

However there is one type of flooring that has not been mentioned, one that offers the creative flexibility of carpets with the durability and dependability of hardwood flooring. The flooring in question is laminate flooring. For those looking for a consistent look and feel for your home design, then this is the perfect option for you.

However why is this?

1. A Splash of Colour  

One of the most unique selling points of wood laminate flooring is its vast and expansive colour pallet.

Avoiding the staining and varnishing that is often associated with hardwood furniture, the unique printed layer of laminate wood flooring emulates the distinctive charm of hardwood.

Yet at the same time, it also offers unique colour pallets which can suit any room in the home. From the living room all the way through to the bedroom, all of your creative ambitions will be realised.

Such styles include traditional oak finishes, vibrant white laminate flooring, sleek grey laminate or perhaps some absorbing black laminate.

2. User friendly  

The second benefit to laminate flooring is how user friendly it is.

This extends into two fields, the first of which is the installation process. Of course, when it comes to home renovation, the floor is one of the most daunting areas – especially as any small mistake may lead to added expenses. However thankfully laminate flooring reduces these risk factors thanks to an easy to lay design. This features a simple snap, click installation method which even the least DIY savvy homeowners can install with ease.

In addition laminate can be laid on top of pre-existing sub flooring, including concrete and even vinyl subflooring. On top of this your new laminate floor plan will only need 48 hours to fully acclimatise to your room.

After instillation however, laminate really comes into its own thanks to its day to day user fendilines.

Firstly is the durability, with its layered design incorporating a high density central layer, and a clear top layer which is both scratch resistant and water resistant.

This makes it great for family homes with kids and pets, as accidents will happen; so having a durable and easy to maintain floor is one less thing to worry about.

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