Ceramic Tile Flooring Care & Maintenance
Ceramic is a highly versatile and durable floor covering product. In addition to flooring, it can be used for showers, bathtubs, fireplaces, kitchen backsplashes, and other decorative home accents. The material is extremely hard, which makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze.
With proper care, ceramic tile can last for 50 to 100 years! Find cleaning information and preservation tips for glazed and unglazed ceramic tile flooring here.
Maintaining Ceramic Tile
Glazed tile is a low-maintenance material that is resistant to stains and water damage. The coating also protects against dirt, debris, and other abrasive particles, which makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Ceramic is an exceptionally resilient material that doesn’t attract dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens. However, unglazed ceramic flooring is porous and requires sealant on both the tile and grout to prevent staining.
Also, since the tiles are very heavy, they may be prone to cracking without a solid subfloor. If your floors do crack, replacing a tile is relatively simple. Sand and grit can dull the surface of ceramic tile, so one of the best things you can do to maintain your flooring is to clean it often.
How to Clean Ceramic Tile Flooring
Both glazed and unglazed ceramic tile flooring should be swept, dry-mopped, or vacuumed regularly to prevent the accumulation of dirt, dust, and grime. Since unglazed tile is more susceptible to staining, be sure to promptly wipe up spills with a damp cloth or sponge. Once every week or so, you should clean your floors with a slightly wet mop using a cleaning product formulated specifically for ceramic tile. Mopping with dirty water can make your floors look cloudy and dull, so be sure to change the water often. Microfiber or rag mops are recommended because sponge mops can push dirt and grime around the tile instead of removing it. After mopping, rinse your floors with clean water to remove any residue left from the solution.
The Best Tile Floor Cleaning Solutions
After sweeping or vacuuming, glazed and unglazed ceramic floors can be polished with a neutral pH-concentrated tile cleaner, such as Miracle Sealants 511 Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Clean & Re-Seal. Avoid products that contain acid or ammonia because they can damage the grout in between the tiles. If your floors have colored grout, never use cleaners containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide because they will discolor the grout. For deep stains on ceramic tile, most heavy-duty floor cleaners will work without damaging the material. We recommend Miracle Sealants Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Cleaner or Miracle Sealants Acid-Free Heavy-Duty Cleaner, which is a non-corrosive solution that won’t affect the finish of your floors.
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