Dear Tiaralestari, My porcelain tiled floors look beautiful when they’re clean… but between my kids, my dog and the fact that my tiled floors are in my kitchen, they only stay clean for about ten seconds. Help. Yours sincerely, Perpetual Floor-Dirt, NSW.
Ah, the old Tiled Floor Conundrum. TFC. It’s an oldie but a baddie.
I know exactly what you’re going through because I too have kids and dogs and tiled floors in my kitchen and eyes, through which I can see my horribly footprinted floors.
Through trial and error — and honestly, mostly error — I’ve found that nothing will keep your tiled floors clean except actual cleaning. That’s the bad news. The good news is that mopping your floors every second day will leave you with arms to rival Michelle Obama’s.
The best way to mop your floor is with very, very hot water (boiling, in fact) and half a cup of white vinegar plus a dash of eucalyptus oil. Mop the floor and then use a dry mop to go over it, which will remove any streaks.
As for the footprints, you have three options: invest in ankle socks for the whole family, mop every second day, or get used to them. I myself have taken to removing my contact lenses so I can’t see them anymore, which is wildly impractical and somewhat dangerous, but definitely effective.