Ten Ceramic/Porcelain Tile Do's and Don'ts

People in Jacksonville, Florida often ask the question, “What are the best ways to keep my tile floors looking as great as the day I had them installed?”

Here are ten ways to ensure your tile floors stay looking like brand new:

  1. The most important thing is to NOT use cleaners containing acid, chlorine bleach or ammonia for routine maintenance.
  2. Do not use wax-based cleaners, oil-based detergents or sealants to maintain your tile (sealants may be used on grout joints).
  3. Do not use a cotton mop, cloth, or non-metallic brush for cleaning unless instructed differently for specific products.
  4. Do not use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal.
  5. Do not use cleaning agents that contain color (unglazed tile only).
  6. Sweep or vacuum floor areas prior to cleaning to remove any dust or debris.
  7. Rinse entire area with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
  8. Test scouring powders and sealants on a small area prior to full application.
  9. Wait until grout has cured before sealing grout. Reseal grout joints every year. You may need to have grout professionally cleaned and sealed every few years.
  10. If a tile is damaged or broken, have them replaced immediately. This will prevent tiles in surrounding area from becoming damaged.

One of the best products for ceramic tile cleaning is Mohawk Floorcare Essentials for Tile. It can be sprayed on and wiped away without any damage to tile. It is also great for cleaning grout. About Floors n’ More carries this product and several other outstanding floor cleaning products.