How to Clean Tile Floors

The ease of tile care is one of the many reasons it’s a popular flooring choice for homeowners. But there are a few things you’ll want to know about how best to clean and maintain your tile floors.

Tile Do's

If you have glazed tile flooring, clean it routinely with all-purpose, low VOC household or commercial cleaner. But check the labels to be sure that the tile cleaner is also safe for grout.

If you have unglazed tile flooring, regularly clean it with a tile cleaner that has a neutral pH and is safe for regular use.

Do seal both the tile and the grout to prevent staining. Your installer probably did this for you at the outset, but you’ll need to reseal once a year to maintain your tile’s appearance.

If the grout does become stained, rub gently with a cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution.

Vacuum and dust mop regularly to keep grit and other abrasive substances from getting ground into the tile.

Use a welcome mat made of a natural, colorfast material to provide extra protection against tracked-in dirt and moisture.

Tile Don'ts 

Never use an abrasive cleaner on glass tile.

For all types of tile, avoid harsh cleaning products containing acid, bleach, or solvents. Even a light solution of vinegar and water can etch the tile surface.

Don’t forget to review your manufacturer’s warranty for more specific instructions on care and maintenance of your tile product.

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