How to Clean and Maintain Your Ceramic Tiles

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Ceramic Tile

Cleaning ceramic tiles

Cleaning and maintaining your ceramic tile floor

Sooner or later, life and living, time and traffic, will take its toll on any floor covering. Ceramic tile is no exception to wear and tear. But take heart, maintaining your tile as clean and beautiful as its first days in your home just takes know-how.

In fact, understanding the best approaches to care for your ceramic flooring will help maintain its beauty and keep it close to its original condition.

Plus, knowing what is expected of you regarding upkeep can be an influential factor in which type of ceramic tile to purchase.

All reasons why we called on our years of experience and created this section on ceramic upkeep.

Ceramic Tile Should be Swept and Not Beaten

It’s vital to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can adhere to the tile surface, particularly styles with a textured surface. Regular sweeping removes most of this dirt.

Don’t forget those labor-saving devices, either. Feel free to use a vacuum cleaner to clean them, but be sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching ceramic tile.  Also, the attachments that accompany vacuum cleaners are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles.

Don’t let dirt have its way

Be sure to use walk-off mats to lessen and contain dirt being tracked in at entryways, and shake them often.

This decreases the amount of dirt being tracked across the tile floor and minimizes the wear to the finished surface.

Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped frequently using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners.

For heavier soil, you can spot clean your floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners.

Rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may need mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber.

After cleaning with a mild detergent rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to remove any leftover residue, if needed, wipe dry with a clean, dry towel to remove any film.

For soft water situations, you may need to use an all-purpose cleaner.

Apply to the floor, wait for 3 – 5 minutes, lightly scrub with a sponge, rinse well, and you’re home free – dirt free too.

For heavier cleaning tasks, there are other cleaning products available from your local grocery store that can be relied on to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew stains.

You’ll want to consult the cleaning product’s instructions guide to make sure the product is compatible with your type of tile.

After cleaning, rinse well and wipe dry for optimum shine. And maximum pride.

Cautions and Considerations

Taking precautions when cleaning ceramic tiles

Taking the proper precautions when cleaning ceramic tile floors

Avoid using scouring powders, steel wool, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of the tile.

Don’t use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, as these products can discolor your grout if used too often.

Also, do not clean glazed tile with oil-based cleaning products.

Be fast on your feet. Try to clean up spills as quickly as possible to avoid staining of the grout.

While ceramic tile is considered very durable, it’s not indestructible and may crack or chip under extreme force.

Take the appropriate precautions when moving heavy objects across your ceramic tile floor. Get a small army to help you move that grand piano.

Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your tile floor against damage. Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary for the future, the replacement tile may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the initial installation.

However, the good news is that, with time and usage, the repair typically will blend in with the original product.

Two measures for prevention: caulking and sealing

Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it’s your responsibility to maintain areas exposed to water by caulking.

Caulking will prevent expensive subsurface damage, as well as keep the tiled areas looking their best.

Depending on your lifestyle, sealing new tile and grout may be an option.

After the installation process is complete and the grout has had ample time to cure, sealing the grout and tile can provide protection from dirt and spills.

Today there are also innovative grout colorants you should be aware of.

These products can transform the original color of grout and, in some cases, can act as a form of sealant. Please be aware that non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer.

Knowing how to care for and maintain your ceramic tile will help keep your investment beautiful, durable, and a source of pride for years to come.

For more maintenance information specific to your ceramic tile flooring, remember to consult the manufacturers’ recommendations.

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