How to Care for Your Porcelain Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

After weeks of searching for the perfect flooring for your home, you have finally settled on beautiful porcelain tile. Your brand new porcelain flooring matches your home perfectly, and it is the look that you have always envisioned.

Now imagine, that perfect image being marred by mud being tracked on your precious floors. Unfortunately, this will inevitably happen. It is only a matter of time before you will have to deal with cleaning your porcelain tile floors. 

Cleaning porcelain is different from cleaning other types of floor products such as laminate and vinyl. Porcelain tile is impervious which means that it has a very low absorption rate. This makes the material stain and water resistant. Even though it is difficult for dirt and other pollutants to penetrate the material, you will still need to remove dirt and grime from the top of the surface.
 
Here are some important tips for thoroughly cleaning porcelain tile flooring:
  • Remove loose dirt and dust from your porcelain floors with a soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner; however, if the soil is caked onto the tiles, you can use a gentle brush to softly scrub the floor and help easily remove the layered dirt.
  • You do not necessarily need expensive cleaning solutions to keep your porcelain floors looking brand new. In fact, you can use a simple vinegar and water solution. Whatever cleaning solution you decide to use be sure to let it sit on the floor for five to ten minutes before you mop it up. Again, you can use a soft bristle nylon brush to remove stains that do not come up as easily. 
  • For polished porcelain tile floors, you should make sure that the cleaning solution you use is mild and the cleaning detergent is half concentrated with water. Use only warm water on a textured tile.
  • Rinse thoroughly and buff dry to prevent water spots and to maintain a shiny surface.
  • Avoid using products that contain bleach, acid, and ammonia on porcelain tile. Such materials are harsh and can damage the surface of the porcelain tile. Acid washing can cause discoloration and make the surface difficult to clean.
We always recommend that you check with your manufacturer for the most appropriate and well-suited cleaning routine. If you have any questions or need a little guidance, please do not hesitate to call us or visit us. 

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