Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Care & Maintenance

  1. Preventative Care

    1. Place floor mats inside and outside of exterior entry ways.
    2. Use floor protectors on furniture legs and do not push or pull your furniture across the floor without first protecting.
    3. Chipped tiles can be repaired, and it is recommended to keep spare tiles from the original installation for this purpose.
    4. Avoid exposing porcelain to permanent inks or dyes.
  2. Remember when cleaning

    1. Be sure any tile cleaner you use is specifically formulated for the type of finish on your tile and compatible for grout cleaning.
    2. Do not use ammonia or cleaners with bleach and/or acid.
    3. Do not use wax or oil-based cleaners.
    4. Do not use abrasive sponges to remove tough stains. This will scratch the tile.
    5. Clean up spills immediately.
  3. Routine Care – Tiles with Glazed Finishes

    1. Sweep, dust mop, or vacuum (without beater bar) loose dirt and dust prior to liquid cleaning.
      1. On textured surfaces, sweep in multiple directions to ensure the removal of all foreign material.
    2. Glazed tile products should be cleaned routinely with an all-purpose, low VOC household or commercial cleaner. Do not use detergent on glazed tiles since the soap film will give a dull appearance to the tile. Be sure not to use solvent-based chemicals on glazed tiles to avoid damaging the floor.
    3. Apply the solution with a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush.
      1. For textured floors, the use of a medium bristle brush is recommended.
    4. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water to remove left-over cleaning solution residue.
    5. Dry the tile with a clean cloth or rag to increase shine and prevent water spots.
  4. Routine Care – Un-Glazed Tiles

    1. Sweep, dust mop, or vacuum (without beater bar) loose dirt and dust prior to liquid cleaning.
      1. On textured surfaces, sweep in multiple directions to ensure the removal of all foreign material.
    2. Unglazed tiles should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use. These cleaners are better suited at removing grease, oils, and normal spills from unglazed products.
    3. Apply the solution with a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush.
      1. For textured floors, the use of a medium bristle brush is recommended.
    4. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water to remove left-over cleaning solution residue.
    5. Dry the tile with a clean cloth or rag to increase shine and prevent water spots.
    6. A breathable penetrating sealer may be desired for some matte unglazed surfaces to provide some defense against staining in higher traffic areas. Check the manufacturer recommendations.

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