After Installation: Care
Glazed, unglazed, stone, glass and soft clay tiles may require different cleaning agents. Clean glazed tile products regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household or commercial cleaner which is also grout-joint-cleaning compatible. Multipurpose spray cleaners for everyday use will remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew and can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers. Use a neutral pH concentrated tile cleaner on unglazed tile for safe, regular use. These are better able to remove grease, oils, and normal spills from unglazed products. For routine cleaning of glass tiles, use any non-abrasive cleaning compound recommended for either glass or tile.
Damp-mop your ceramic floor a minimum of once each week. More frequently for heavy traffic areas. This will decrease wear from grit and soil. (Wait at least 72 hours after intial installation before mopping or cleaning so new tile and grout can dry adequately.)
Floor Mats Protect Your Floors
High quality floor mats at entrances and exits are key to reducing tile wear. They collect and trap all the corrosive substances that cna be tracked in formoutdoors, including dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt or even driveway sealer. Also use mats in areas of constant pressure, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks and stoves.
Protective Pads on Furniture -- A Good Idea
Attach felt or similar protective pads to all furniture legs, including outdoor metal furniture to prevent rust staining.
Tile Care Guide
Sweep or vacuum floor prior to cleaning to remove dust (keeps dust from settling in grout grooves)
Mop with non-abrasive cleaner. If using a scouring powder, test a small area first.
Rinse after mopping with clear water to remove cleaning residue or small dirt particles.
Do not use cleaners with acid or bleach for routine maintenance.
Do not use wax-based cleaners, oil-based detergents or sealants. (Sealants may be used on grout joints).
Do not use harsh cleaning aids like steel wood or scouring pads containing metal.
Do not use a cleaning agent that contains color on unglazed tile.