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Cleaning Care for Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It may seem like common sense, but when it comes to floor care, some people truly do not know that there are proper ways to clean specific floors. However, don’t go placing the blame on people right away. If you’ve had a new floor installed, recently moved into a new place, or even grew up with solely hardwood floors throughout a home, cleaning any other collection of floors is a new process. But common sense should also tell those starting to clean a new floor that a mop isn’t the cleaning equipment used for carpet and a vacuum doesn’t do well on tile floors. When looking for an efficient way to clean tile floors, this post covers the fundamentals that will give you everything you need to be a floor care pro.

Whether you call it ceramic or porcelain tile, the majority of tile floors are typically low maintenance when it comes to cleaning. But, for a thorough cleaning that can get rid of grime and gunk, sweeping once a week won’t cover that. However, basic maintenance for floor care of ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles can be fine with weekly cleaning.
  • Sweeping tile floors to remove dust, dirt, or fallen debris keeps them looking spick and span.
  • Cleaning the floor once a week with a damp mop (such as those Swiffer offers) can decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil. Areas of ceramic or porcelain tile that receive more foot traffic can be cleaned more frequently than once a week.
  • If you don’t have any specific floor care products that are designed to clean tile floors readily available, you always have a backup: water. Warm water is effective in keeping ceramic tiles and porcelain tile floors looking like new.
It’s not just the surface of ceramic and porcelain tiles that are important in routine floor cleaning, though. For any sort of tile, it’s equally important to clean the grout. Yes, the difficult-to-reach, area in between each tile requires proper cleaning as well.

The main way experts say to clean grout is to grab a small brush (such as an unused toothbrush), mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water, and scrub to your heart’s content. Grout stains can be easily removed with this home cleaning method. But, for deep, set-in stains in the grout of tile floors, grout remover can be bought from most home improvement stores. If you don’t want to worry about grout in between deep cleanings, putting a sealant over the grout line right after your tile floors have been installed is the best way to worry less and to clean less.

It’s important to remember, for ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, avoid any cleaners that contain acid or bleach. These types of cleaners should not be used for routine floor care on tiles. Bleach or floor care cleaning agents that have acid can be used to remove tough stains on ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, however.

Deep cleaning on tile floors doesn’t have to occur as frequently as other floors call for. Why? Well, among the numerous benefits of tile, one of this floor’s best qualities includes resistance to stains. How’s that for handling daily life?

For more details on all of the residential and commercial floors we offer, contact us today. To see all of the ceramic tile options we distribute, click here.

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