Daily Care & Maintenance
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 purchase. All reasons why we called on our years of experience and created this section on ceramic upkeep.
It’s important to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can adhere to the surface of tile, particularly in 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.
Regular Tile Care
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 polisher/scrubber.
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 tile.
Dealing With Spills & Stains
Fortunately, one of the benefits of tile flooring is that spills and messes do not usually leave a lasting impression.
Should you spill a liquid or create some type of mess on your tile, simply wipe the substance away with a cloth or towel and go on with your day. The key is to address spills quickly to avoid long-term damage.
Should the mess persist, consult your manufacturer on an approved cleaning product.