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April 18, 2014

Tile Maintenance

fit-300x120Tiles are one of the easiest surfaces to keep clean, but they still require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Here are some of our tips on cleaning different types of tiles:

 

 

Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles

With ceramic and porcelain tiles, the key is to clean them often using a gentle cleaner. Ceramic tiles absorb water, so the harsher the chemical, the more likely it could leave behind stains. Porcelain tiles are much more resistant to chemicals, however the grout that holds them in place might not be.

Vacuum the area first to remove any loose dirt and debris. Apply a cleaning product (gentle household cleaner, specialist tile cleaner, or a solution of ¼ cup vinegar to 7L water) to the area using a sponge or mop and hot water. Wait a couple of minutes, then scrub with a sponge mop to remove hard dirt or stains, and rinse with clean water.

Natural Stone Tiles

Stones such as slate that are commonly used for floor tiles. To clean, sweep and vacuum the area to get rid of dirt and grit, then apply the recommended cleaner (stone needs a pH neutral cleaner) with a mop or sponge. It’s important not to flood stone, but only use water to help lift dirt. Dry the stone with mop or towel. Rinse, then dry.

To keep your stone easy to clean and manage, place floor mats in areas such as entranceways to limit the amount of dirt that comes inside.

Tile Maintenance Dos and Donts

Do: Vacuum and sweep regularly to control dirt and grit.
Don’t: Flood areas with water when cleaning. Always dry stone and tile. This prevents moisture staining stone, grout and ceramics.
Do: Use a ph. Neutral cleaner on natural stone tiles.
Don’t: Use harsh acidic or alkaline cleaners, such as ammonia, cream cleaners and alcohol. These can damage and abrade many tiles, and are especially damaging on natural stone.
Do: Use mats and carpets over stone or tile floors in high use areas to help control dirt.
Don’t: allow a tiled area – especially natural stone – to heat up or cool down quickly, as this can crack the mortar bed and result in loose tiles.
Do: Clean up spills and stains promptly, as the can stain some types of tile and grout.
Don’t: Use abrasive cleaning pads such as scourers and steel wool, as these can scratch some tiles.
Do: Use non-metal trivets, tablecloths, coasters, placemats and cutting boards on natural stone bench tops, as heat, knives, dishes and condensation from beverages can damage stone.
Don’t: Use metal objects on stone, or leave wet clothes on tile floors. You can attach pads to furniture legs to prevent metal legs touching the tiles.

 

Talk to the team at Europica Tiles about recommended cleaning products and the best ways to care for your tiles.