A few tips on how to look after your tiles
As durable and low maintenance as floor tiles are, they do need some looking after to keep them looking their best. You will want to clean your floor tiles regularly to keep them sparkling. This is especially true to marble and porcelain tiles which naturally have a shiny finish, these tiles can pick up smudges very easily so it’s useful to give them a buff every now and again.
There are a variety of tile cleaning solutions out there to help you keep your floor tiles looking in top shape. When buying a specialized tile cleaner, you want to make sure that you get the one that is best suited for the type of tiles you have. There are different products for porcelain/ceramic tiles and natural stone tiles.
Aside from general tile cleaning solutions, there are products out there for removing stubborn stains and intensifying the colors of the tiles. All of these solutions are very easy to use to good effect. Detailed instructions are provided on the packaging, but as a general rule, you dilute the solution in a bucket of water and mop the dirt away.
It is not just the tiles that get dirty. Sometimes the worst culprit is the grout. Again, there are products specifically for cleaning the grout in between tiles.
Ceramic tile flooring care
To help you understand this product, its limitations, precautions, and maintenance procedures, please read the following information.
The newly installed tile must not be walked on for the first 24 hours. This time is necessary to allow proper curing and bonding of the tile adhesive
Finding the grout rough and gritty following installation is not uncommon. Damp water mopping daily for the first week or so will help cure the grout to its full strength. With age and time, all grout will smooth and change color somewhat from its original appearance.
Furniture, chairs, and appliances should be properly supported and protected at the floor level to reduce possible tile damage.
Concrete is subject to expansion, contraction, settling, and cracking, which may cause cracks or hollow spots or both in a ceramic tile installation. These conditions can be neither controlled nor warranted by the tile contractor. These conditions may occur and are assumed risks of the homeowner or builder.
Grout materials cannot be expected to look as even and uniform as a painted color. Grout is color pigmented cement and is subject to shading, mottling, and color drift. Exact colour match to samples cannot be guaranteed.
The use of silicone, or lacquer sealers is considered optional principally because they do not seal to the extent that the word “sealer” might imply and also because they are not permanent and require future reapplication. They can, however, prevent some discoloration and staining of the grout.
Stone and Terra Cotta flooring care
Sealing Your Stone or terra cotta tiles
Improper care can ruin nature’s beauty. Although we usually think of stone as “hard”, it is a porous material that can absorb spills and stains if left untreated.
Sealing your stone with a quality impregnating sealer will prevent most spills from damaging your investment. There are a wide variety of sealers available, so you need to select one for your specific needs and natural stone type. Impregnating sealers, with new, advanced nuoropolymer technology, penetrate the stone and help protect against water and oil-based stains.
We recommend sealing your new stone. Once sealed properly, your stone is protected against everyday dirt and spills. Proper cleaning will help the sealer last longer and keep your stone protected without damaging your stone’s natural beauty.
Keeping your stone free of dust and dry, sandy soil will minimize the scratches and wear-patterns that can develop from everyday use of some natural stone such as marble, porcelain and other types of tiles.
Sweep or dust all natural stone surfaces regularly to remove loose soil and dust. Clean your natural stone on a regular basis with warm water and a clean, non-abrasive cloth sponge or mop. In addition, using a neutral cleaner specially formulated for natural stone will help remove soils that normal dusting or damp mopping leave behind.
Do not use general-purpose cleaners or you may damage your stone or the sealer applied. Do not use products, which contain lemon, vinegar of other acids as these may etch the tile surface and damage the polish. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
Countertops and Vanities
Use a tile cleaner on a regular basis to remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills as well as hairspray or other cosmetics. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that may etch or dull the stone surface. Also, some common toiletries (e.g., perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash) contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the tile surface or degrade sealer.
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non- treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural tile surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the Potential damage from these particles. In addition, be careful when using a vacuum cleaner as the metal or plastic attachments or wheels may scratch the surface. Damp mop the floor tiles with a dilute solution of stone cleaner as directed on the label. Keep off floor until completely dry, as wet stone, floors may be slippery.
Bath and Other Wet Areas
Periodic use of tile cleaner will remove any soap scum or hard water deposits that may have, formed. In the bath, or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can minimize soap scum and hard water deposit buildup.
It is among the easiest surfaces to keep clean. It is important to regularly vacuum tile floors, particularly glazed ones, to remove gritty particles that might scratch them. Routine cleaning requires only washing with hot water and a mild detergent, such as floor cleaner or a good Ceramic Tile Cleaner.
After washing the tile, rinse it thoroughly to remove detergent film. To prevent stains, wipe up spills as soon as they occur. For stubborn dirt, scrub tiles with cleansing purpose cleaner.
Always rinse it thoroughly to remove detergent film. Be sure to always read the directions and precautions on the label before using. Some tile cleaners have harsh acids that will etch glazed tiles if left on the surface too long.
In addition to routine cleaning, you can keep grout looking new by scrubbing it occasionally with a toothbrush and tile cleaner. If your grout is colored, test these cleaners in an unobtrusive place before you use them. Predicting how the chemicals will react with the pigment in the grout is difficult.
Hardwood and laminated flooring
Excessive amounts of water and wood don’t mix. Wood is a natural material that swells when it absorbs water and shrinks when it dries out. And even though some finishes are resistant to water, there are spaces where boards are put together.
Wipe up liquid spills before they soak down into these seams and your floor will remain unmarked, smooth, and level. Only use cleaners made by the manufacturer of your wood or laminate floor.
Never damp mop a hardwood floor. Avoid furniture glides and spike heels.
Put a piece of carpet or fabric under furniture to move it.
Grit is one of the biggest dangers to your floor. Tracked-in dirt is like sandpaper on a hardwood or laminate floor. Use a walk-off mat or rug at every outdoor entrance to catch the grit. Be sure to vacuum or shake it out regularly
Effective Ways to Make Floors Less Slippery
Here are some suggestions on how to make your floor less slippery namely: add a floor coating, Apply safety floor treatment products, try anti-slip adhesive floor tapes, cover floor with large carpet, and refinish your floor. Floor accidents are difficult to prevent especially in the presence of slippery floors. However, these can be avoided by simply following the safety measures, which are as follows:
- Add a floor coating
- Apply safety floor treatment products
- Try anti-slip adhesive floor tapes
- Cover floors with a rug