Bleach can be extremely harmful to your floor tile. Many people pour in a few drops of bleach in their mopping water thinking that it would remove all the stains and reveal a clean surface. On the contrary, mopping with bleach does more harm than any good. Let us find out how.
Chemical Constituency of Bleach:
Bleach is a common household name of a diluted solution of Sodium Hypochlorite (NACIO). Normally, one bottle of bleach contains 3 to 6% of concentrated bleach. There are few other ingredients as well depending upon the brand. Bleach is highly alkaline. You may think that alkaline solutions are good for floor tile, but a very high alkaline solution can also damage the surface and corrode the top layer. Bleach has a general pH level of 11 or 13, making it very alkaline.
Dangers of Cleaning Floor Tile with Bleach:
When you clean a surface with bleach, you expose yourself to potential harm. It is highly reactive and caustic. It slowly destroys the protective coating of the tile including the tile finish, protective porcelain coats, wood finish and other protective layers added to the tile. Regular mopping with bleach will result in eventual ripping off of these protective coating, leaving your flooring vulnerable to staining, corroding and deep-rooted damage.
What Happens when you Mop with Bleach Regularly?
When you regularly mop the floor tile with bleach, the protective coating wears off. This protective coating prevents certain natural stone tile from shedding dust and also makes them resistant to scratches, deep-soaking of stains and deep-rooted mold formation. When this coating wears off, it gets more vulnerable to such damage. Eventually, you will find the tile color to fade, the surface getting rough and dense stains forming inside the tile structure. The sheen, lusture and sparkle of the floor tile fades away on regular mopping with bleach.
Which is the Best Mopping Solution?
You may use a household mop or the best mopping robot to mop your floors, but your cleaning water should not contain bleach or any other kind of acidic substance as well. Acidic liquids cause etching of the floor tile, while bleach and other alkaline substances cause corroding of the top-coat. It is best to use a neutral, yet robust floor cleaning liquid, which can easily remove the stains, dirt and mold and yet not damage the top sealant coat.
Mopping floor tile regularly can be done with a maintenance cleaner, only after you have deep cleaned and sealed the floor tile.
Here is a detailed guide from pFOkUS for the best mopping solutions:
- Use a deep-penetrative floor tile cleaner that can soak into the pores of porous tile and remove the superfluous stains and dirt from non-porous tile to reveal a thoroughly clean and sparkling surface devoid of any mold, mildew, dirt, debris and stains.
- Use good quality grout and tile brushes to scrub the surfaces and remove hidden traces of mold and stains.
- Once the floor tile is sanitized at the root level, use a grout sealer to seal the grout lines and form a protective coating on them. This grout sealant will prevent the grout lines from absorbing any dirt or moisture into their porous structure and hence make the surface resistant to mold or stain formation.
- Once the grout lines have been sealed, you can seal the tile surface. Use a topical sealer that makes the tile waterproof and resistant to stain or mold formation.
- After deep-cleaning and sealing, you can mop your floors regularly to remove the superficial dirt and stains that are inevitable. You can use a good-quality maintenance cleaner that is neither acidic, nor too alkaline to mop your floor tile. Such a cleaner will keep the top sealants intact and yet remove any possible dirt or stains.
- Use a maintenance cleaner to mop your floor tile regularly if you want to maintain its sheen and brilliance.
So, whether you are mopping hardwood floors or natural stone tile, never use bleach. It will destroy the integrity and beauty of your costly tile and ruin them. Follow our guide above to maintain the sheen and luster for long.