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Patterned tile floors are a popular and on trend choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways. I’m showcasing some of my favorite encaustic tiles plus sharing tips for how to clean tile floors without damaging them.
Never trust me when I say a room in our house is done because I’m always thinking ahead to the next makeover.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about making a little change in our laundry room.
Like a lot of people, I’ve fallen in love with the look of patterned encaustic tile floors and I’m thinking about trying out the look in our home. I’m daydreaming about either replacing the existing tile floors or stenciling them with a pretty pattern.
In the midst of my spring cleaning this week, I ran out to the hardware store and grabbed a few sample tiles to try out in the laundry room.
What do you think? (Be sure to check out the end of this post for some of my favorite encaustic tile patterns, plus I’m sharing some simple tips for how to clean tile floors!)
Whether I replace the tiles or paint the existing ones, I know that you need to show your floors some love by cleaning them the right way, using the right tools.
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How to Clean Tile Floors
Since we’re talking deep spring cleaning, begin by clearing the floors. Move furniture, baskets and other clutter so you can clean the entire floor surface.
Next, sweep and vacuum up any debris, paying particular attention to corners, crevices and grout lines where dust, debris and pet hair like to hide.
Now you’re ready to mop. Start at one end of the room and mop your way out, using even strokes and working in small sections. You want to avoid walking over and leaving footprints on any section of floor you’ve already mopped. (I usually wear a pair of clean socks while mopping, just in case I step on a wet section of floor.)
When mopping tile floors, always use a cleaner that is specifically formulated for your flooring type. The wrong type of cleaning solution, including DIY formulas, could leave a residue that is hard to remove. It can also dull the finish, or worse, it could damage your floors. Bona Tile & Laminate Cleaner can be used to clean linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed porous marble, laminate, and no-wax sealed tile.
Ideally, you want to clean your tile floors weekly with a microfiber spray mop. (Avoid using a mop and bucket because the dirty water can get in the grout and stain it.)
Since grout is porous, it can get stained if you don’t mop regularly. When that happens, you may have to tackle the grout with a toothbrush, Cinderella style. A quick cleaning every week will save you lots of work in the long run, which will make the whole spring cleaning process just a little bit easier.
Now that the laundry room is clean, it’s time to tackle those piles of dirty clothes! Or I could just daydream about my next room makeover and shop for new tile.
Beautiful Patterned Tile Floors
Looking for beautiful patterned tile floors for your home? These are a few of my favorites: