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Tile Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Tile is considered to be easy to care for and requires very little maintenance when compared to other flooring options. By taking a few preventative measures and following simple routine cleaning tips, you can easily keep your tile floors looking pristine.

Natural slate tile
Ames Tile – Nepal Slate Random Sticks

Routine Care for Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

  • Vacuum and sweep regularly to remove dust and debris.
  • Clean your floors weekly with a neutral PH cleaner that does not contain ammonia, acid, or bleach.
  • Change mop water frequently while cleaning floors.
  • Glazed ceramic backsplashes in bathrooms can be cleaned with multi-purpose bathroom cleaner as long as the cleaner is also suitable for grout.

Grout Sealing

  • Cementitious grouts should be sealed after installation to prevent staining.
  • Epoxy grout does not need to be sealed since it is already chemically cured.
  • Neither sealing or using epoxy grout is a 100% perfect solution to prevent grout staining and discolouration.

Routine Grout Cleaning

  • Use a grout compatible or neutral PH cleaner to clean the grout.
  • Deep cleaning with professional strength grout cleaner is recommended every 6-12 months. More frequent cleaning is recommended for areas with heavy exposure to soap and grease.
  • If deep cleaning does not remove grout stains, try an epoxy-based grout stain to return it to the original colour.

Natural Stone

Since natural stone products are porous and soak up liquids, they require more maintenance than ceramic or porcelain tiles. Following proper maintenance guidelines is necessary to keep your natural stone beautiful.

Natural Stone - Filed and Honed Travertine tile
Ames Tile – Filed and Honed Travertine

Natural Stone Sealing

  • Sealing is strongly recommended for all natural stones. Since fine grout particles can stain tiles, it is recommended to seal both before and after grouting.
  • Sealers will not make your natural stone stain proof. They will provide a temporary barrier that allows you to clean the stone before stains can penetrate the stone.

Natural Stone Routine Maintenance

  • Vacuum and sweep regularly to remove dust and debris.
  • Only clean using a neutral PH cleaner designed for cleaning stone. Cleaning products that use acid, ammonia or bleach can etch or discolour natural stone.
  • When trying out a new cleaner, it is highly recommended to do a test spot in an inconspicuous area such as under appliances.
  • Clean up all spills immediately to prevent them from penetrating the stone’s surface

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Kelsey is the main writer for the MIRA Floors blog. Have a flooring question you would like us to cover? Let me know in the comments.

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