The Basics

How is Porcelain Tile Rated for Moisture Absorption?

Skid Resistance Scales for Tile Flooring

How is Porcelain Tile Rated for Hardness?

The Different Characteristics of Glazed and Unglazed Tile

How Porcelain And Ceramic Tile Is Made

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Differences

History of Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

About Porcelain And Ceramic Tile

Buying Help

How Much Porcelain & Ceramic Tile To Buy

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Installation Locations

Choosing Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Is Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Right For Me?

Installation & Care

How To Choose Grout for Ceramic Tile: Facts & Considerations

How to Remove 8 Common Stains From Porcelain Tile

How to Remove Tough Stains from Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

How to Prepare a Subfloor for Ceramic Tile Installations

Different Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Sealers

How to Clean Different Types of Porcelain Tile

Time to Oxidize: Cleaning Products for Ceramic Tile Grout

How To Maintain Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

How To Install Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Tools & Accessories List For Porcelain & Ceramic Tile


Articles and Blog Posts About Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Glossary

How To Maintain Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

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Here’s how to keep your porcelain or ceramic tile beautiful through a regular maintenance regimen, everywhere in your home.

Tile countertops

Use a pH-balanced cleaner to keep surfaces clean from everyday dirt and 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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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.



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Pam August 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

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?

Barbara Austin December 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

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?



Nancy Ferguson February 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

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

Frank Monti November 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Looking for Italian Porcelain floor tile tone Kaol or Kaoi grade 1st 24×24 coioi or colol amgmccha

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