Care and Cleaning Tips
Routine Tile Care:
Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a cloth or sponge dampened with non-abrasive household cleaner. Vacuum glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dire and other gritty particles, then damp mop or sponge with a water-based all purpose cleaner. Wax cleaners and oil-based detergents may decrease the slip resistance of ceramic tile. Remember not to use ammonia, as it will discolor grout.
Clean unglazed wall and floor tiles in a similar manner using a solution of water and soap less detergent instead of all-purpose cleaner.
Once the tile has been cleaned and dried (shortly after installation), grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer. Grout, the material used to fill the spaces between the lines, is porous, and sealing it at this time will simplify maintenance in the future (epoxy grouts do not require a sealer).
Neglected or heavily trafficked tile may require more intensive cleaning. Clean glazed wall tiles with a scouring powder or all-purpose, water-based cleaner applied to a non-metallic pad. Rinse and wipe dry.
For glazed floor tiles, use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong solution of an all-purpose, water-based cleaner or scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes, brush and scrub. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
For heavy-duty cleaning of unglazed wall tiles, make a paste of scouring powder. Apply to surface and let stand for five minutes. Scour with brush, rinse and wipe dry.
Unglazed floor tiles can also be cleaned with a scouring powder paste. Let stand for 5 minutes before scouring with a brush, rinsing and wipe dry. A small brush is suitable for most floors, but you may want to consider using a scrubbing machine for large areas.
To clean badly soiled countertops, apply a solution of scouring powder and very hot water. Let stand for 5 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse.Commonly available tile cleaning products can be used to remove soap scum, hard-water deposits and mildew stains. These products are available at local home service centers. For soft water, use an all-purpose, water-based cleaner. Allow cleaner to stand for 5 minutes before lightly scrubbing with a sponge. Rinse well.
Prior to usage, consult the manufacturer of the cleaner, cleanser or detergent for more detailed instructions for use and the impact of their cleaning solution to your tile product.
NEVER, combine ammonia with products containing bleach – hazardous gases may result.
Do’s and Don’ts
Do not use cleansers containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance.
Do not use wax cleaners, oil-based detergents, or sealants to maintain your tile (exceptions are made for Quarry). The use of these products may decrease the slip resistance of ceramic tile.
Do not use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal.
Do not use a cleaning agent that contains color on unglazed tile.
Do test scouring powders in a small area
Do use a sealer on grout joints.
Do have a damaged or broken tile removed and replaced by a qualified tile contractor.
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