How should you maintain your Machuca floor tiles?
- Dust or sweep regularly and vacuum often.
- Mop up spills immediately.
- Use a scouring pad to scrub off grime and light stains.
- Mop tiles with dishwashing soap and water.
- Apply floor wax for added luster and protection.
- Use a floor polisher for extra shine and longer-lasting protection.
Once your Machuca floor tiles have been installed, you might be wondering what you need to do to keep their vibrant, polished look for years to come. Well, not to worry! Besides the instructions for maintaining your Machuca tiles found on our FAQ page, we made this blog to guide you on how to maintain your Machuca tile. We know you want to keep your tiles looking beautiful for an extended period of time, so read on to know how to retain their natural, handcrafted beauty!
Dust or sweep regularly and vacuum often.
Dust, dirt, allergens, and pests can collect on the surface of your tiles and grout over time, so don’t give them the chance to.
Sweep regularly with a regular broom or brush with a feather duster. You can also use a dust mop.
On the other hand, remember to vacuum regularly—around twice a week—to get rid of the gunk that can build up on your floors. For rooms that see a lot of foot traffic, you might even want to vacuum more often.
Mop up spills immediately.
To keep cement tiles looking their best, make sure no oil-based liquid stays too long on their surface. As soon as spills occur, it is best to wipe them off immediately. Not only will this keep your floors clean, but it’ll also keep them from becoming slippery.
Use a scouring pad to scrub off grime and light stains.
We recommend using a Scotch Brite pad or scouring pad and/or fine sandpaper (grit: 600-1000) to remove most surface stains. To do this, first, wet the surface with liquid soap and water. Then, proceed to lightly scrub the surface with the recommended abrasives. It’s important to only lightly scrub the tiles using these abrasives to avoid damaging the surface. After scrubbing, you may use a clean dry cloth to wipe the tiles.
Mop tiles with dishwashing soap and water.
We’ve talked about general maintenance, now how about actually cleaning your Machuca floor tiles? Well, as we say on our FAQ page, washing with dishwashing soap and water usually does the trick. You can do this weekly or even monthly, depending on how much foot traffic that particular room sees.
It helps if your soap is pH-neutral. You should never use an acid-based cleaning solution or undiluted bleach on your tiles. This can wear away the seal on your tiles and damage their surfaces. Never use muriatic acid cleaner as this can permanently discolor and damage the surface of the tiles.
Apply floor wax for added luster and protection.
To add luster to your Machuca tiles, you can opt to apply floor wax for a shinier and cleaner look. This will also add a layer of protection to the tiles. We recommend applying either Starwax Colorless Paste Floor Wax or Pledge Pronto Natural Liquid Wax as they are easy to apply and have fast-drying properties. For these, we recommend applying a few coats using a clean cloth.
Use a floor polisher for extra shine and longer-lasting protection.
For commercial or high foot traffic areas, using a floor polisher with an abaca brush head will add sheen and provide longer-lasting protection. This will also help preserve the tiles for a longer period of time. We recommend using a floor polisher in conjunction with the Starwax Colorless Paste Floor Wax.
Bonus Tip: Clean the grout between your Machuca floor tiles too!
Tile grout is a dense fluid used to fix tiles into place, bind them together and seal the spaces in between. Just like your tile floor cannot stand if the grout is not added, the cleaning process is incomplete unless you focus on the grout, too.
You don’t need any fancy cleaner for the grout in between your tiles. In fact, you can make do with a simple DIY paste made of baking soda and water. Spread the paste onto the grout and leave it overnight, or gently scrub off stains using the paste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
In this article, we’ve discussed how to maintain your Machuca tiles in the hopes that you’ll be able to keep your floor tiles looking clean, polished, and beautiful for years to come.
For more tips regarding Machuca tiles, including styling and design tips for tiles in your home, check out the rest of our blog. And if you’re interested in Machuca Tiles for your own home, office, shop, or another establishment, this is your sign to get in touch with us today!