10 Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile can be an elegant addition to any home, but it does
require special care! For some, the beauty of ceramic tile is worth
the cleaning and careful treatment, but for others, it simply
proves to be too much. Here are a few tips on cleaning and
treatment of ceramic tile to help you decide if you want to pursue
this flooring option.
How to Clean Ceramic Tile
Regular cleaning and care of ceramic tile keeps it looking its
best. Following are some detailed maintenance tips:
- Sweep the floor often, and use the thin corner
attachment of a vacuum cleaner to reach the corners and side areas.
Don't use a vacuum with a "beater brush" on the tile--this can lead
- Mop the floors regularly with a good grout and tile
cleaner. Rinse very well.
- After mopping, wipe the floor with a soft rag to
prevent water spots and film buildup.
- Check the label before purchasing a cleaner, as some
products are meant for use on only specific types of flooring or
- Never use scouring powder, steel wool, or other
abrasive materials on your tile.
- Avoid bleach and ammonia--they can discolor the
- Tile may chip or break when subjected to a great
deal of force. When moving furniture, call in heavy muscle to help
you keep the legs of the furniture from banging on the tile floor.
When you have your furniture in place, use cloth protectors to
guard against tile damage.
- Caulk between your tiles after grouting to prevent
water damage and keep the whole floor looking its best.
- Should you seal your tile floor? Sealing helps
prevent collection of dirt, protects the tile from spills, and may
- Certain types of ceramic tile can stain very easily,
so be prepared to quickly clean up any spills. Keep a stash of soft
dishtowels tucked away just for this purpose.
Choosing Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile has been in use for centuries, and graces
everything from the largest cathedrals to the smallest kitchens.
People enjoy it not only for its beauty, but for its
durability--and though keeping it properly cleaned and maintained
may take some extra effort from time to time, many homeowners feel
the upkeep is worth it.
The design and style choices in ceramic tile are virtually
endless. No matter your needs, you are sure to find a ceramic tile
that gives your home that classic, timeless look.
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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