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How to Maintain Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are considered some of the most reliable surfaces for residential and commercial spaces. While they are easy to care for and do not have many sensitive properties, regular maintenance will help them to retain their original strength and beauty. Check out these tips to add to your regular maintenance regimen:

Tile countertops

Use a pH-balanced cleaner to keep surfaces clean from everyday dirt and to protect against stains. An acidic cleaner can be used intermittently to deal with deeper dirt stains.

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If you have heavy grease and oil stains such as those from food products, clean using an alkaline cleaner formulated for ceramic and porcelain tile. Remember, household cleaners with dyes or those containing bleach, ammonia, or abrasives are not recommended for ceramic, porcelain tile, and grout, as they may discolor the tile or etch it permanently.

Tile floors

Vacuum or dust at least once per week using a clean and dry dust mop. If you do not, it’s possible that sand, dirt, and grit may scratch your tile or discolor your grout. Use mats or area rugs near entrances to decrease the potential damage from foot traffic. At least every two weeks, damp mop your tile floor with a diluted solution of a mild cleanser.

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Bathrooms

For regular cleaning, use a neutral, pH-balanced cleaner to manage everyday dirt and stains. In the bathroom, you can also use a squeegee to minimize build-up from cleaning products and keep your tiles shiny.

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Regular repairs

Fixing broken or scratched tile is an important part of regular maintenance. Although sealants are not always helpful on tile floors, they can help to protect your counters and high traffic areas from grout stains. When a tile breaks, repair it quickly to prevent further damage, and ensure that grout is added where and when it breaks down.

Essential Dos and Don’ts

Here’s a breakdown of important dos and don’ts to consider when taking care of your tile floors before, during, and after installation:

DO:

  • Use a protective cover for the tile surface while applying grout to avoid construction cleaning problems. Items such as kraft paper, cardboard, and plywood can be used as a cover.
  • Seal on all grouted joints.
  • Test scouring powders on a small area or a sample tile first.

DON’T:

  • Install tiles until all heavy construction is complete. Most are finished materials and heavy objects and construction materials can cause damage to their finish.
  • Use top sealers that can become a coating over the tile and grout joints.
  • Allow cleaning solutions to dry
  • Use steel wool pads, scouring pads, or any item containing harsh aids like metal. Apart from the possibility of damaging the glaze or surface, small steel particles can cause grout to rust.
  • Use any oil-based detergents or wax cleaners for the maintenance of your tiles.
  • Use agents that contain dye/color on unglazed ceramic tile.
 What steps do you usually take to maintain your tiled surfaces?
 

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(5) Comments

  1. Pingback: Advantages Of Porcelain Tile Flooring

  2. To Whom It may Concern:
    We recently installed porcelain mahogany tile throughout our home. I am having trouble with the floors streaking when I mop them with vinegar and water. Also, we used black grout and I think there still may be some glaze left on the floors. Do you have any suggestions what type of cleaner I can use to clean the tile without streaking? Also, is there a product which would make the tile more shiny?

    Thank you
    Nancy Ferguson

  3. I am in the processing of buying a beach front condo that currently has large ceramic or porcelain tiles placed on the diagonal through the common areas in the center of the home. For ease of maintanence and resistance to mold, I want to replace carpet in the bedrooms with tile. I am considering the wood look tile as I have heard it is impossible to match existing tile. Will this kind of tile look OK butting up to existing tile and is it a suitable choice for bedrooms? Should I be consistent with glaze, going with whatever the glaze in the bathroom, hallways, and living area is?

    Thanks,

    Barbara

  4. I am looking for a ceramic or porcelain “wood looking” floor product which will withstand freezing temperatures (property will be winterized for approx 5 months), beach sand and pets—-we would like to re-floor our whole cabin with one color–which product would you recommend?

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