Ceramic tile is known for its durability. It is also easy to
take care of, especially if done on a regular basis.
Tile comes in many sizes, shapes, colors and textures. They may
be glazed or unglazed. Depending on your lifestyle, sealing your new floor may
be an option. After the installation process is complete and your grout has had
ample time to cure, sealing the grout and/or tiles can provide protection from
dirt and spills, by slowing down the staining process.
It is important to sweep your tile regularly. Dirt can adhere
to the surface of tile, especially those with a textured surface. Sweeping
regularly loosens and removes most of this dirt. Feel free to use a vacuum
cleaner to sweep but be sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling
and scratching the tiles. The attachments that accompany your vacuum cleaner
are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles. Use walk-off mats
to minimize dirt being tracked in by entryways.
Regularly damp mop your floor with the manufacturer's
recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, you can spot clean your
floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners. Rinse well
and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a
soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber. Do not use scouring powders or other
abrasives, which can scratch the finish.
Regular care will keep your tile floor looking new for many
Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the
replacement product may be a slightly different dyelot and/or texture than the
initial installation. However, with time and usage your repair will blend in
with original product.