Tiles are a fantastic flooring solution for areas of your home which require an easy-clean, hard-wearing surface. Try them in your playroom, garage or hallway. They are incredibly easy to maintain and clean, so they are a durable and practical option.
If you have a steam-cleaner, you can use it on your tiles. However, this is not the best option because water may leak down the cracks between the tiles. If the water does not dry sufficiently quickly, it could cause mildew. So if you like steam-cleaning, make sure you lift the tiles afterwards and dry them thoroughly in a warm dry place. For this reason, steam-cleaning is really only appropriate for small areas of tiling or as an occasional deep clean.
Vacuum your tiles frequently to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime. When you need to spot-clean specific stains, nothing could be easier. Unlike traditional carpet, tiles can be lifted and taken to the sink! See http://www.ehow.com/how_5572171_clean-carpet-tiles.html for a more detailed article about tile cleaning.
The best way to clean your soiled tiles is with commercial carpet shampoo or stain remover. You can normally buy these in any reasonably well-stocked UK supermarket or hardware store. They are suitable for the majority of tiles sold by high street and online retailers like http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/carpet/product-type/Carpet-Tiles.
Vacuum the affected tile first to get rid of any excess loose dirt and dust. If anything (like playdough or food) is stuck on, use a blunt knife or other flat utensil to scrape it off. Then apply your carpet cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have any carpet cleaner to hand, there is a homemade alternative. Use 1/4 cup or measure of detergent (washing power) to three cups of warm water. Mix well, using rubber gloves to protect your hands.
Now apply to the stain, rubbing in well with a soft cloth. Don’t use any medium that is too harsh or abrasive to clean your tiles unless you absolutely need to, as this will cause damage. After the detergent has done its trick, rinse under the tap until all traces of the cleaning product have been removed. Now leave to dry thoroughly in a warm place before replacing the tile. Always patch-test a small area first to make sure there are no adverse reactions.