Tips on General Maintenance of Ceramic Tile and Stone
How to Care for Your Ceramic Tile
Purchase a good quality dust mop and sweep your ceramic tile floors frequently. This is especially important for new installations because the grout has not fully cured, which means the grout is vulnerable to contaminates. Dirt and sand tend to wear or etch hard surfaces under heavy foot traffic. Dirt collecting carpet mats should be placed in frequently used entrances and shaken out weekly. We do not recommend the use of floor waxes on ceramic due to the difficultly of removal and uneven deterioration. Sealing floors, opposed to waxing, will deem waxing unnecessary. Showers and tub enclosures should have proper ventilation because stagnant water breeds stain causing mildew and fungi. Mop or sponge your tile down two or three times a week using a mixture of one capful of dishwashing liquid per gallon of hot water. Then, mop up excess water and allow approximately half of an hour to dry. Buffing with a dry towel will help to reduce spotting from mineral deposits.
Do’s and Don’ts for Hard Surfaces
- Do dust mop floors frequently
- Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
- Do blot up spills immediately
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or areas rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
- Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
- Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.