Tile and Grout Care Tips & Information

Caring for your tile floors

  • 1. Sweep or vacuum tile floors at least once a week to remove dirt, sand and other abrasive materials.
  • 2. Damp mop tile floors regularly with a cleanser recommended by the manufacturer. After washing, be sure to rinse the floor with plain warm water.
  • 3. Do not use ammonia or bleaches to clean tile flooring. Cleansers containing these agents can cause the grout to discolor.
  • 4. Don't use steel wool or any abrasive substance on tile surfaces, as these materials can dull or scratch the tile.
  • 5. Do not wax tile flooring.
  • 6. Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining the grout. If needed, clean up the spill with a cleanser recommended by the manufacturer and a clean, dry cloth.
  • 7. Place mats at the entrances and exists (omit) to your home. Also, use mats on heavy traffic areas, like in front of your kitchen sink. Mats will help protect the flooring from dirt and grit as well as excess water.
  • 8. Place protective pads or “feet” under the legs of iron and metal furniture. Metal furniture in particular can rust, causing your tile floors to stain.

Caring For Your Tile Showers, Walls, And Countertops

Use a soft cloth or a squeegee to wipe down the surface of tiled shower areas after cleaning to prevent chemical buildup, mold, and mildew.

After cleaning tile countertops, you can wipe them down with a soft, dry cloth to prevent streaking and polish their shine.

Sealant

Apply or re-apply sealant to tile surfaces every 6 to 12 months to prevent the build up of dirt, soil, and grip and prevent staining.

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