Tile - Maintenance
Sooner or later, time and traffic, life and living, will
take its toll on any floor covering. Ceramic tile is no
exception. But take heart, keeping your tile as clean and
beautiful as its first days in your home just takes
In fact, understanding the best methods to care for your
ceramic flooring will help maintain its beauty and keep it
close to its original condition.
Plus, knowing what’s expected of you regarding upkeep can
be a determining factor in which type of ceramic tile to
All reasons why we called on our years of experience and
created this section on ceramic upkeep.
Ceramic tile should be swept and not beaten.
It’s important to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can
adhere to the surface of tile, particularly styles with a
textured surface. Regular sweeping loosens and removes most
of this dirt.
Don’t forget those labor saving devices, either. Feel free
to use a vacuum cleaner to sweep, but be sure to use one
without a beater bar to avoid dulling and
scratching the tiles.
However, the attachments that accompany vacuum cleaners are
useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles.
Don’t let dirt have its way.
Be sure to use walk-off mats to minimize and contain dirt
being tracked in at entryways. And shake them often.
This reduces the amount of dirt being tracked across the
tile floor, and reduces the wear to the finished surface.
Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped regularly using
the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners.
For heavier soil, you can spot clean the floor with a
sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners.
Rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may
require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric
After cleaning with a mild detergent rinse thoroughly with
clean, warm water to help remove any leftover residue. If
needed, wipe dry with a clean towel to remove any film.
For soft water situations you may need to use an
Apply to the floor, let stand for 3 - 5 minutes, lightly
scrub with a sponge, rinse well and you’re home free – dirt
For heavier cleaning tasks 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
After cleaning, rinse well and wipe dry for optimum shine.
And maximum pride.
Cautions and considerations.
Avoid using steel wool, scouring powders, or other
abrasives that can scratch the finish of the tile.
Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners, as these
products can discolor your grout if used too often.
Also, do not clean glazed tile with oil-based cleaners.
Be fast on your feet. Try to clean up spills as quickly as
possible so that the grout or tile doesn’t become stained.
While ceramic tile is considered very durable, it’s not
indestructible and may crack or chip under extreme force.
Take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects
across your tile floor. Get a small army to help you move
that grand piano.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard
your floor against damage.
Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future,
the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot
and/or texture than the initial installation.
However, the good news is that, with time and usage, the
repair will blend in with the original product.
Two measures for prevention: caulking and sealing.
Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it’s your
responsibility to maintain areas exposed to water by
Caulking will prevent expensive subsurface damage, as well
as keep the tiled areas looking their best.
Depending on your lifestyle, sealing new tile and grout may
be an option.
After the installation process is complete and the grout
has had ample time to cure, sealing the grout and tile can
provide protection from dirt and spills by slowing down the
Today there are also innovative grout colorants you should
be aware of.
These products can transform the original color of grout
and in some cases can act as a form of sealant. Please be
aware that non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a
Knowing how to care for and maintain your ceramic floor
will help keep your investment beautiful, durable and a
source of pride for years to come.
For more maintenance information specific to your ceramic
tile flooring, remember to consult the manufacturers’