What to do about my floor
I've just recently found this forum and I have a problem I bet someone can help me with.
I have red solid-color tile on the floor of my kitchen, entry and dining room. The tile has a kind of a rough texture so it's hard to mop. I have a large sh-mop I bought from Clean Team before I moved here, but the cloth tends to hang up and makes the mop hard to push. My best tool so far has been a Swiffer mop. The disposable cloths hang up, too, so I use the nappy side of sweatshirt material cut into small rectangles and throw them in the wash. I generally use about four of these rectangles while I'm cleaning the floor. None of these rooms are really big, the kitchen is a galley style. It does a good job, but....
We come in from the back yard through the kitchen door, and we come in from the concrete driveway through the entry door. There are mats at both doors. Yet our shoes leave footprints on the dry, clean tile. You can see where everyone went after they came in the door! Even if we take off our shoes and walk across in our sock feet (they're clean), we leave our footprints! Under the table, where no one puts their feet, seems to attract every little bit of dust and that's looking terrible again the next day. It seems like I'm mopping this floor ALL THE TIME. Would it be helpful to put down a coat of some kind of wax? If so, what should I use?
I use a disinfectant product like Pine-Sol, diluted with water, in the bottle that is mounted on the mop for spraying from the mop itself. Is this too 'oily'? Should I try something else? Ammonia and water maybe?
Last week, I dropped and broke a jar of jam in the kitchen. I cleaned it up immediately, and it looked clean. The next morning I walked in and there's like this film where the spill was. In this situation, I had just cleaned it up with plain water. But this seems to be kind of normal for most clean-ups and it doesn't seem to matter what I use to clean it up with. I just don't get it!! What if I put down some kind of sealant, like polyurethane or something? Any ideas?
I'm tempted to get a heavy-duty sander and sand the floors smooth. Not sure what the end result would look like, though, or even if it would work. The tile is made of brown (clay, I guess), and the red looks like a ceramic glaze that has been factory applied and then finished in a kiln. When you run your hand across it, it feels like there are little bubbles all over it. It's actually kind of pretty when it's clean.
Any ideas would be appreciated.