Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Care & Maintenance
Tile floors are not only loved for their beauty, but also for their stain and water resistance and easy care. With the right tile care and maintenance routine, your timeless tile floors will stand the test of time. Learn how to clean tile floors so they stay sparkling and new.
Sweep or vacuum tile floors to remove dust and debris before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once a week (more frequently in heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and tear from dirt and grit.
- Glazed tiles – Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.
- Unglazed tiles – Use tile cleaners formulated with a neutral pH to safely remove grease, oils and everyday spills. Just be sure to check the cleaner is recommended for the intended use. Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with any product that contains color.
- Glass tiles – Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.
Tips for Preventing Damage
- Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
- Even though tile is water resistant, do clean up spills as quickly as possible so your grout won’t become stained.
- After cleaning tile, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
- Place floor protectors under furniture to avoid scratching tile floors.
- Avoid cleaners containing acid or bleach as these products can discolor grout if used too often.
- Avoid wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents.
- Replace any broken tile to prevent dirt and moisture from settling in.