Care and Maintenance

Cleaning Glazed Porcelain and Ceramic

Glazed porcelain and ceramic tiles are among the easiest flooring materials to clean. Due to their impenetrable glazes, their surfaces are resistant to water, dirt, chemicals, oil, debris, and even germs and bacteria.

 

Always Remember:

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Glazed Products

  1. Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the floor prior to washing with water to prevent the tile from becoming muddy or leaving a residue after On textured surfaces sweep in multiple directions to ensure the removal of all foreign material that might be residing in the textured surface. For wall surfaces tile can be gently wiped down with a clean, dry cloth or rag.
  2. Mop the floor with a mild detergent, degreaser, or tile cleaning solution. For textured floors, the use of a medium bristle brush is recommended. A sponge or clean cloth can be used to apply the cleaning agent to wall surfaces.
  3. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water to remove any left-over detergents.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or rag is recommended to increase the shine and to prevent water spots or streaks.

 

 

Cleaning Unglazed Porcelain and Ceramic

Unglazed products are highly desirable due to their double loaded and throughbody characteristics. Polished finishes are typically protected by nano and/or wax coatings and are resistant to water, chemicals, and scratching. Matte and textured finishes are generally unprotected and although the surface is impervious, it may be more difficult to clean post install than a polished surface due to the inherent surface characteristics of these finishes on a micro pore level.

 

Always Remember:

o It is suggested that a breathable penetrating sealer be applied to matte unglazed surfaces after grouting. This treatment provides an excellent defense against staining and may be desirable in high traffic areas. Follow the sealing manufacturer’s guidelines for recommendations on how often a sealer should be reapplied.

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Unglazed Products

  1. Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the floor prior to washing with water to prevent the tile from becoming muddy or leaving a residue after On textured surfaces sweep in multiple directions to ensure the removal of all foreign material that might be residing in the textured surface. For wall surfaces tile can be gently wiped down with a clean, dry cloth or rag.
  2. Mop the floor with a mild detergent, degreaser, or tile cleaning solution. For textured floors, the use of a medium bristle brush is recommended. A sponge or clean cloth can be used to apply the cleaning agent to wall surfaces.
  3. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water to remove any left-over detergents.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or rag is recommended to increase the shine and to prevent water spots or streaks.

 

Cleaning Metal Tile

Many of the metal tiles you see on the market today are made from solid metal, coated in metal glazes, or cast from polymers that are fused with real metal particles. Due to the presence of actual metal in most cases, careful attention must be paid when cleaning these unique surfaces.

 

Always Remember:

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Metal Products

  1. Wipe loose dirt or grease from the surface. An untreated paper towel or cloth is
  2. Wash the surface with a mild detergent, degreaser, or cleaning solution (do not use abrasive cleaners or abrasive applicators).
  3. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water if a detergent is used.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or paper towel is recommended to prevent water spots or streaks.

 

Cleaning Glass Tile and Decorative Mosaics

Glass is one of the easiest surfaces to clean. Due to its impervious nature, all stains will remain on the surface and can be wiped away with no effort. When cleaning glass and/or resin based blends the least abrasive method should always be used first as not to damage, discolor, or scratch the surface.

 

Always Remember:

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Glass Products

  1. Wipe loose dirt or grease from the surface. An untreated paper towel or cloth is
  2. Wash the surface with a mild detergent, degreaser, or glass cleaning solution (do not use abrasive cleaners or abrasive applicators).
  3. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water if a detergent is used.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or paper towel is recommended to increase the shine and to prevent water spots or streaks.

 

 

Cleaning Natural Stones

Natural stone is a very durable surface when protected and maintained properly and is widely used in residential and commercial applications.

 

Always Remember:

o It is suggested that a breathable penetrating sealer be applied before and after grouting. This treatment provides an excellent defense against staining and may be desirable in high traffic areas. Follow the sealing manufacturer’s guidelines for recommendations on how often a sealer should be reapplied.

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Natural Stone

  1. Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the floor. For wall surfaces, tile can be gently wiped down with a clean, dry cloth or rag.
  2. Mop the floor with a mild detergent, degreaser, or tile cleaning solution. A sponge or clean cloth can be used to apply the cleaning agent to wall surfaces
  3. Rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water to remove any left-over detergents.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or rag is recommended to increase the shine and to prevent water spots or streaks.

 

Commercial Deep Cleaning

Commercial cleaning can present its own challenges due to the high traffic nature of most applications and exposure to foreign debris that a standard residential application may not be subject to. Commercial floors must be maintained properly to ensure the longevity of an application.

 

Always Remember:

 

Standard Deep Cleaning Guidelines

  1. Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the floor. For wall surfaces, tile can be gently wiped down with a clean, dry cloth or rag.
  2. Mix a high concentration cleaner, degreaser, or stripper as needed based on manufacturer’s guidelines for periodic deep cleaning.
  3. Agitate with scrub brush or floor scrub machine
  4. Mop up dirty solution. A wet/dry vac may be used in large areas.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, changing water every 500 sq. ft. or as needed.
  6. Drying with a clean cloth or rag as well as a final dry vac extraction is recommended to increase the shine, prevent water spots and streaks, and to prevent slip accidents in a commercial setting.

 

Cleaning Grout

There are many grouts on the market today that are stain resistant and do not require a sealer. However, not all grouts will have these characteristics and special care must be taken to ensure product performance is not compromised due to exposer to harsh cleaners.

 

Always Remember:

 

Pre and Post Grout Install Tip:

 

 

Standard Cleaning Guidelines for Grout

  1. Sweep, brush, or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the surface. For wall surfaces, grout can be gently wiped down with a clean, dry cloth or rag.
  2. Mop, brush, or sponge the surface with a mild detergent, degreaser, or tile cleaning solution.
  3. Rinse the grout thoroughly with clean water to remove any left-over detergents.
  4. Drying with a clean cloth or rag is recommended to prevent water spots or streaks on the tile.
  5. Reseal grout periodically as needed.