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Cleaning Ceramic Tile


Dry mop daily to gently remove particles that could scratch your tile.

 

If water doesn't bead on tiles or on grout joints during regular cleaning, it’s time to apply another coat of sealer.

 

Use pH-balanced cleaners or soapless detergents for bi-weekly mopping. Having a bucket with a wringer helps to ensure you do not oversaturated the mop. Alternatively use a sponge mop with an attachment to wring out sponge. Always dry mop or vacuum first. If you prefer not to use commercial cleaning products, use a steam cleaner (be sure not to buy a deep cleaner, which often incorporates shampoo).

 

For heavy stains on natural stone tile, try a manufacturer poultice specifically for porous stone materials. Cover the stain with the poultice, then tape plastic over it. Let the poulitice set, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then remove it.

 

HERE’S HOW

Add glass cleaner to the water in your cleaning bucket to prevent streaks from showing up once the floor is dry. If the floor has a dull finish, it may be time to reseal the floor. If water absorbs into the grout lines, the grout joints need to be resealed, It is still necessary to clean the floor before sealing.

 

Vacuum grout joints with a bare-floor attachment once a week. Use a soft-bristle broom or handheld broom and dustpan to pick up debris that the vacuum missed. If dirt or sand is a regular problem, try to find out how it is tracked in. Place rugs or mats at those entryways. Be sure to regularly shake out the rugs.
 

 

 

 

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