Easy Steps to Caring for Your Tile and Grout
Glazed and ceramic floor tiles need to be vacuumed or swept regularly to remove dust, dirt, and other things. This should be followed by mopping or sponging with an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Ammonia based cleaners should never be used as they could damage grout.
Unglazed wall and floor tiles can be cleaned by using plain water and a soapless detergent solution.
Because grout is porous, it should always be treated with a silicone grout sealer. This will make future maintenance easier and prevent damage. Epoxy grouts do not require a sealer. Sealers should be applied at least twice a year to most effectively prevent damage from stains.
Heavy Duty Cleaning
Tile that has been neglected or exposed to heavy traffic tile usually requires more intensive cleaning. Glazed wall tiles can be cleaned with a scouring powder or all-purpose cleaner while using a non-metallic pad. Rinse and wipe dry. Glazed floor tiles should be cleaned with a commercial tile cleaner, or you can apply a strong solution of an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner or scouring powder paste. Let it stand for five minutes, brush and scrub. Then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
If your unglazed wall tiles are in need of heavy duty cleaning, you can make a paste of scouring powder, apply it to the surface, and let it sit for five minutes. Scour with the brush, rinse, and then wipe it dry. You can clean unglazed floor tiles can be cleaned in the same way. A small brush is more than enough for most floors, but you may want to use a scrubbing machine for very big areas.
To clean very dirty countertops, cover the surface in scouring powder mixed with very hot water. Let stand it sit for five minutes, scrub it with a stiff brush, and rinse. Soap scum, mildew stains, and hard-water stains can be cleaned from ceramic tile using common household cleaning products. With soft water, use an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Let it sit for five minutes, then lightly scrub it with a sponge and rinse well.
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