Installing new flooring is exciting; with one change, your home can take on an entirely new appearance.
If you’ve recently added new ceramic tile flooring to a section of your home, you probably didn’t focus on how to keep it clean. Yet is there a proper way to clean ceramic tiles? Can you “hurt” them by doing the wrong thing?
Here are a few tips to keep your ceramic tile flooring looking as good as new well into the future.
Use Mats and Rugs
If you have ceramic tile near an entrance – front or back door, or near a garage entrance – use a mat or rug to collect dirt as you enter from the outside. Shake them out often, or wash them regularly. Make sure the back offers a non-slip surface to avoid dangerous situations.
Dirt can quickly adhere to the surface of ceramic tiles, especially if the tile has textured surfaces. Regular sweeping will loosen and remove most dirt. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar as this will dull and scratch the surface.
Once you remove loose dirt and other particles that can scratch the surface, a damp mop using manufacturer recommended tile cleaner will help keep the surface clean and shiny. For heavier soil or spot cleaning, use a sponge or clean cloth using the same recommended cleaner.
As you are cleaning:
Do clean up spills as quickly as possible to avoid potential stains.
Do remember that ceramic tile is strong and durable, yet isn’t completely indestructible. It may chip or crack under extreme force.
Do take precautions with heavy objects. Place covers or furniture pads on tables and chairs especially if they are moved frequently over the tiled area.
Don’t use steel wool, scouring powders or pads, or other abrasive material that can scratch the surface of your tile.
Don’t use bleach or ammonia based products as they can discolor your grout.
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