Ceramic Tile Care
Proper Tile Cleaning Tips
Direct Sales Floors Carpet One in Castro Valley, CA recommends these cleaning and maintenance procedures on your new tile floor to ensure that your floor looks and performs greatly the entire life of the floor. Follow these steps as a general guide, and always refer to your tile’s manufacturer recommendations for which cleaning methods and agents will work most effectively and not damage your floor.
Sweep or vacuum your floor daily to remove any dirt that can adhere to the surface of the tile or grout. If vacuuming, make sure to use a vacuum attachment with a setting for hard surfaces so you do not damage your floor.
You should damp mop your floor with warm water once a week. Sometimes a cleaning agent may be required for areas with heavier traffic that have more dirt buildup. After using a cleaning agent make sure to thoroughly rinse the floor to avoid any residue being left on the tile. After mopping your floor make sure that it is thoroughly dried; as with any hard surface, tile can become slippery when wet.
Tile in baths and showers should receive extra care, as soap residue can build on the surface. Use a manufacturer recommended cleaner for these surface and try to wipe them down after each use. Additionally, try to leave shower doors or curtains open when you leave to allow the area to properly dry, preventing mold or mildew from accumulating.