If you’re looking for reliable information on ceramic tile maintenance, you’ve
come to the smart place.
Here we’ll explain how to take care of your ceramic tile investment. So let’s
get started on becoming a little smarter about smart and stylish ceramic tile.
Above all, it’s important to sweep a ceramic 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. So keep on sweeping.
Don’t forget labor saving devices. Feel free to use a vacuum cleaner, but
be sure it’s one without a beater bar, to avoid dulling and scratching
However, the attachments that accompany vacuum cleaners are useful to collect dirt
along edges or in between tiles.
Be sure to use walk-off mats to minimize and contain dirt being tracked in at entryways.
And shake them out 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, spot clean the floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended
Next, rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing
with a soft brush or electric polisher or scrubber.
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 all-purpose cleaner.
Apply to the floor, let stand for 3 - 5 minutes, lightly scrub with a sponge, rinse
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
You’ll want to consult the cleaning product’s instructions to make sure
the product is compatible with your type of tile.
After cleaning, rinse well and wipe dry for optimum shine.
Avoid using steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives.
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.
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 or texture than the original.
However, with time and usage the repair will blend in.
Remember that, once the tile has been laid and grouted, it’s your responsibility
to maintain areas exposed to water by caulking.
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.
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 silicone sealer.
For more maintenance information specific to your ceramic tile flooring, remember
to consult the ceramic tile’s manufacturer recommendations.
Regular care and maintenance will keep your ceramic tile looking new for years to
come, and will keep your home beautiful for family and friends.