Tile maintenance


Tile maintenance

Tile flooring is durable and easy to maintain. When you follow our recommendations as a part of your regular routine, you can ensure your tile looks great for years to come.

Routine care for tile

Sweep your tile floor regularly. Dirt and other particles can stick to the surface of tile, especially textured styles. Regular sweeping removes most of this dirt.

Vacuuming can save a lot of time, but be sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles. Vacuum cleaner attachments are a great way to collect dirt between tiles and along the edges.

Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped regularly using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, you can spot clean your tile floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners. Rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber.

For heavier cleaning jobs, there are cleaning products available from your local grocery store that can be used to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew stains. You’ll want to consult the cleaning product’s instructions to make sure the product is compatible with your type of tile.

Be cautious.
Do not use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of the tile.

Avoid using bleach or ammonia-based cleaners. These products can discolor your grout, if used often. Also, do not clean glazed tile with oil-based cleaners.

Clean up spills quickly to avoid stains on the grout or tile.

Ceramic tile is very durable, but it’s not indestructible and can crack or chip under extreme force. Take precautions when moving heavy objects across your tile floor.



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Sealing & caulking

Sealing your grout will provide protection from dirt and spills by slowing down the staining process. After the installation process is complete, it is your responsibility to seal the grout and tile.

Follow these steps to add years to the life of your tile:

Wait at least 48 hours after the grout is applied to let it dry and set.

Apply penetrating silicone or water based grout sealer to the grout with a small paintbrush.

Wipe off any excess sealer that has gotten on the tile before it dries.

Allow the sealer to dry for at least an hour.

Apply another coat of sealer and allow it to dry for an hour.

Test the grout. Drop a little water on the grout. If the water beads as if the grout had been waxed, the grout is sealed and you're done. If not, apply another coat of sealer.

Once the tile has been laid and grouted, you will need to maintain areas that are exposed to water by caulking. Caulking will prevent expensive subsurface damage, as well as keep the tiled areas looking their best.

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