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Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Tile floors are the easiest types of flooring to clean. They are water resistant and highly durable. It’s no wonder that many homeowners and businesses choose tiles for flooring. Choosing tiles for your floors is a great investment, so it’s important to know how to protect it. With proper cleaning and maintenance, tile floors will last you for many years to come.

Below are some of the essential tips for regular tile cleaning & maintenance:

DAILY CLEANING

  • Sweep, dust or vacuum floors on a daily basis to remove dust or debris, which has a tendency to accumulate and become more difficult to remove overtime.
  • Use cleaning products after you sweep, dust or vacuum your tile floors
  • Use a damp mop or steam mop on your floor at least once a week, especially for high-traffic areas such as the entryways and by the kitchen sink.
  • Cleaning products should be made specifically for tile floors with a neutral pH.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

  • Purchase high quality floor mats and place them at heavy traffic areas, such as entrances and exits. These mats will help trap dirt, sand, oil, asphalt, etc., preventing these substances from ruining your tile floor.
  • Purchase protective pads and place them under heavy furniture to protect your tile floors from potential indentation or gradual breakage.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Never use any cleaners containing acid, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, which can damage your grout and discolor your tile.
  • Never use wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents.
  • Never use sealants on the tile, but only on grout joints.
  • Never use rough cleaning tools like scouring pads that contain metal, which can potentially scratch your tile.

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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles

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At Marco Polo Design Center, we carry a vast collection of beautiful, quality-made porcelain tiles for your home or business. Porcelain tiles are one of the most sought out types of flooring in the industry because of its beauty and durability. It can easily resist stain and moisture.

However, over time, porcelain tiles, like all flooring, lose their shine. But, it’s relatively easy to bring back the original luster of porcelain tiles without the services of a professional. One of the most important ways to maintain the shine of porcelain tiles is regular cleaning.

Here are more tips to keep your porcelain tiles in top condition:
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As often as two times per week, sweep with a soft-bristle broom before vacuuming (with the brush attachment). Once a month, mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with two gallons of water (or purchase one of the many suitable commercial cleansers), then apply the solution with a sponge mop. Rinse with plain water, then dry the surface completely with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

There are different types of porcelain tile (unpolished/unglazed, polished/glazed, or textured) and for each type, a different set of care recommendations applies:

Cleaning Unpolished/Unglazed Porcelain Tile
• Vacuum and sweep the area thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.

• Taking one section at a time (two or four feet square), saturate the tile surface with a vinegar-and-water mixture or a commercial cleanser.

• Allow the cleanser to soak into the tile for five to ten minutes, but do not allow it to dry.

• Scrub stained areas with a soft-bristle brush.

• Wipe away the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the area with clean, hot water.

• Dry the tile with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

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Cleaning Polished/Glazed Porcelain Tile
• Sweep and vacuum debris and dirt, then go over the area with a dry dust mop.

• Now use a hot water-dampened mop, never allowing moisture to puddle or pool on the tile.

• Loosen heavier soil with a soft nylon-bristle brush (or an old toothbrush).

• For stains, use a vinegar-and-water mixture (or a commercial cleanser diluted to half strength).

• Mop with your chosen cleanser, mopping again with hot water before the cleanser dries.

• Dry the tile surface with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth, being sure to rub out any water spots.

• Once dry, buff the tile to a high shine with a piece of cheesecloth.

Cleaning Textured Porcelain Tile
• Sweep the area twice with a soft-bristle broom, first in the direction of the tile, then on a diagonal.

• Vacuum to remove all dirt.

• Saturate the tile with a vinegar-and-water solution, allowing it to soak for five to ten minutes.

• Scrub the floor with a soft-bristle brush, again working in two directions.

• Rinse the floor with hot water in order to thoroughly remove the cleaning solution.

• Go over the floor with a clean, damp mop.

• Dry with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

While porcelain tile boasts exceptional durability, there are few cleaning products and techniques you should take pains to avoid:

  • Never use a product containing ammonia or bleach (or any type of acid-based cleanser); these can alter the tile color and/or stain the grout.
  • Never use oil-based detergents or wax cleaners.
  • On unglazed porcelain, never use any cleaners that contain dye or coloring.
  • Never use steel wool on porcelain tile—small particles of steel can become embedded in the tile and grout, eventually causing rust stains.
  • Never use hard bristles or scrub brushes, as they can scratch the tile surface.

Regular cleaning and polishing with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth will ensure that porcelain tile retains its “like new” shine for many years.