How to Care for Your Ceramic Tile
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- Purchase a good quality dust mop and sweep your ceramic tile floors daily. This is especially important in new installations where the grout has not fully cured. Dirt, mud, and sand tend to ground into the grout mortar from heavy foot traffic.
- Soil collecting track-off mats should be placed in frequently used entrances and thoroughly vacuumed at least once a week.
- We do not recommend the use of floor waxes as they wear unevenly producing a blotchy appearance and can be difficult to remove from ceramic tile floors. As long as your floor is properly sealed and maintained, you should find no need for these products.
- Shower stall and tub enclosures should have proper ventilation. Stagnant water breeds stain causing mildew as well as other microorganisms.
- Many tile cleaners are acid based and their use should be limited. Always read the manufacturers label to find out. All acids, no matter how weak, will etch marble surfaces. Marble is commonly installed as thresholds in doorways and is also installed in window sills and shower curbs. Improperly used, acids will weaken grout. In addition, avoid any cleaner that contains harsh abrasives.
- Mop your tile 2 to 3 times per week. Mix 1 capful of dishwashing liquid per gallon of hot water. Mop up excess water and allow to dry. Buffing with a dry towel will help to reduce spotting.