Ceramic tile provides a unique combination of beauty and durability. It’s hard, non-porous surface is a low maintenance finish. Once properly installed, depending on the type of tile, it essentially requires little more than dusting and occasional damp mopping. Spend less time cleaning with tile.
Generally, tile has to be washed less frequently than other surfaces that receive similar amounts of traffic or soiling. Even when glazed ceramic tile has been neglected for a long period of time, a thorough washing will generally bring back its shine. And you never need to wax or polish it.
Three to five days after the ceramic tile is installed, the grout joints should be treated with grout sealer to help keep them clean. Grout sealer can be purchased at tile stores, home centers and hardware stores. I do NOT do the grout sealing. It is not included in the installation costs.
Marble and Porous Stone
Most marble and stone products must be sealed prior to grouting the joints with a penetrating sealer. In such cases I will apply the sealer. A second coat of sealer should be applied by you 3 to 5 days later.
To Keep Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone Looking Good
- Sweep or vacuum.
- Wash with a diluted detergent solution. Household cleaning detergents such as Spic & Span work well and can be found in most supermarkets.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove residue and wipe dry.
Abrasive-slip resistant glazed floor tiles may capture tracking substances. These surfaces may require more frequent mopping. When mopping, change the cleaning solution often and rinse with clean water.
Cleaning products may also be purchased at the store that supplied the flooring or tile.
Other Flooring Products
Consult the manufacturer for proper floor care instructions. Most have toll-free numbers. For example, you may contact Armstrong World Industries at 1-800-233-3823.