How to Get the Best Results When Vacuuming Tile Floors

Let me tell you, a vacuum cleaner can really be a game-changer for tile floors. You know how some cleaning tools just do the job better than others? That’s the case with vacuums for tile. They’re often way more effective than a regular broom, which might miss some of the finer dirt. A vacuum, on the other hand, picks up all that dust and debris super efficiently.

But, a little heads-up is necessary here. You’ve got to be careful about the type of vacuum cleaner you use on tile. Those with a beater brush? Not the best idea. They can be pretty harsh on your tiles, risking scratches or other damage. Instead, you might want to look at vacuums with a soft roller brush – like some models from Dyson and others. These are much gentler on your floors.

And here’s another tip: go for a lightweight vacuum. The big, heavy ones can be a bit too much for some tile floors, especially if they have those cheap plastic wheels that could scrape your tiles. So, keeping it light and gentle is the way to go for keeping those tiles looking their best!

What Is The Best Vacuum Cleaner For Tile?

The best vacuum cleaner for tile floors will be any stick-style vacuum cleaner.

A stick vacuum cleaner is a lighter and more delicate way to clean tile floors. These vacuum cleaners are designed for hard floors and have special attachments that work well on tile.

You should also look for a vacuum cleaner with good suction power. This will help to ensure that all the dirt and debris on your tile floor is picked up by the vacuum.

If you want the best of the best, a Dyson V12 Detect Slim (Amazon Link Ad) is what I consider the best and what I, personally, use on my tile floors.

How To Clean Tile Floors

Here are the steps for vacuuming tile floors:

  1. If equipped, remove the beater brush from your stick vacuum, turn it off if that is an option, or install the soft roller brush if you have one. The rotating beater brushes can damage some floors, so it’s best to not have them on when cleaning tile.
  2. Start vacuuming the corners and edges of the tile floor, as this is where most of the dust rest.
  3. Vacuum all area of the tile after doing the corners and edges.
  4. Do another pass, but in the opposite direction, to make sure you get all the dirt to suck in the grout lines.

What Things Should You Avoid?

When it comes to tile floors, you want to avoid harsh chemicals.

Porcelain tiles hold up better than ceramic, but with a strong enough chemical cleaner, both can get damaged or discolored. You’ll find many tiles used for floors are porcelain as it holds up better to the foot traffic and water.

Here is the list of chemicals and things to avoid with porcelain tiles:

  1. Avoid ammonia or bleach or any chemicals that contain it.
  2. Avoid wax cleaners or oil-based detergents.
  3. Avoid steel wool or any abrasive cleaning pads.
  4. Avoid hard brushes, especially on the vacuum cleaner, stick to suction only vacuums or turn the beater brushes off when using on tiles.
  5. Avoid cleaners with dyes in them especially if it’s a light color tile.

If you accidentally drop a chemical on the tile that you were not supposed to, then clean it up with a damp rag while blotting the area with a new damp side each time.



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