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