Large tile floors, which are typically comprised of eight-, ten-, or twelve-inch squares, are simple and understated. They are made from either porcelain or soapstone, unless you can afford marble or granite. Generally, they are fairly easy to clean, with the exception of caked on dirt and/or the grout between tiles. If you find that you do not know how or do not want to clean your large tile floor, here are three ways to clean it effectively and more easily.

Old Toothbrush and Bleach Solution

These tiles are often polished, so a bleach solution will not mar them. The bleach solution cleans, disinfects (important if the tiles are in your bathroom), and leaves no residue. The old toothbrush is for the purpose of cleaning the grout. You have to spray every inch of visible grout with the bleach solution. Let it sit about a minute, then get on your hands and knees and use the old toothbrush with really rough strokes in the grout lines. The bleach gets the dirt to release from the grout, while the old toothbrush scrubs it out.

Handheld Steam Cleaner and Paper Towel

If the thought of getting down on all fours, nose to floor with the tiles and grout, to clean them seems unpleasant and disagreeable to you, maybe you would rather try a handheld steam cleaner and paper towel. The handheld steamer applies steam heat to every square inch of tile and grout. As the steam turns into condensation, you quickly wipe it up with paper towels. It cleans everything off of the tiles and even in the tiniest pores of grout, while the paper towel removes all traces of the steam cleaner's use.

Steam Mop

Steam mops are sold in most home goods departments in department and specialty stores. The get mixed results with use, since the most they usually do is apply a lot of heat to the tiles. However, you might like the results and/or the fact that you do not have to get close to the floor to use this method of cleaning.

Professional Floor Cleaning Service

Professional floor cleaning services, specifically ones that offer tile floor cleaning services, can also help. These cleaners use special agents to power away dirt and grime from the surface of the tiles as well as the grout in between the tiles. Then they apply steam heat using a buffer machine. Finally vacuum suction in the same buffer machine lifts all of the dirt, water and grime from the tiles making them look brand-new again.

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