Ceramic tile is a favorite among designers and it has been in use in home design for a very long time. It is popular with home owners because in terms of versatility and design motifs the possibilities seem nearly endless. It can be used in both casual and formal settings and it reign supreme among all surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. There are two types of ceramic tile – glazed and unglazed and both are set in place with grout. Glazed tile is the shiny tile often seen in bathrooms, and unglazed is the more porous version of the two. Grout is also porous.
Cleaning glazed tile is easily accomplished. First, make sure to sweep regularly. This will keep dirt from building up and making clean up more difficult. You can also use a vacuum without a beater bar or the attachments on the vacuum. Mats at each entryway will help reduce the amount of dirt tracked in as well.
Damp mop tile floors regularly as well. Use a mild detergent and make sure to clean with warm water afterwards to remove any residue from the cleaner. Be sure to consult the instructions from your manufacturer to ensure any cleaner will not harm your tile.
Don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or those containing bleach or ammonia. These can discolor your grout if used too often.
Tile is amazingly durable, but it can chip or crack under extreme force. Use floor protectors on furniture legs and chairs and be careful when moving large, heavy items across the floor!