- For basic maintenance – sweep or vacuum floors to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil.
- After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
- Avoid any cleaners containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance.
- Avoid wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents, and use sealants on grout joints only.
- Harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal should not be used on tile.
- For extra protection invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection to your tile floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits to collect and trap corrosive substances. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce tile wear.
- Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
- Have any damaged or broken tile removed and replaced only by a qualified tile contractor.
Ceramic Tiles & Grout
Glazed Ceramic Tiles
- Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints.
- Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.
Unglazed (Quarry) Ceramic Tiles
- Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level.
- Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.
- Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with an agent that contains color.
Porcelain Tiles & Grout
- Clean the porcelain tile & grout using warm water and a clean nonabrasive cloth sponge or mop.
- Use a neutral cleaner that is specially formulated for porcelain tile & grout.
- Do not use ordinary household cleaners, as you may degrade the sealer that was applied to the grout to protect against stains.
- When heavy duty grout cleaning is required, you will need to use a professional strength Tile & Grout Cleaner that is capable of removing grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew stains, algae, and synthetic or acrylic waxes from the grout joints. However, such a product should contain non-polluting chemicals and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) levels.
- When grout has been stained to the point that it cannot be maintained or returned to its natural color, you can return the grout back to its original color or any other color through the use of a “grout stain”. Grout Stains are epoxy-based products that are specifically designed to penetrate into the grout and seal the surface with a permanent color.
Natural Stone Tiles
- Natural stone requires a different maintenance routine than traditional, man-made ceramic tile.
- Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone. Dirt and dust will scratch the surface of stone.
- Stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped frequently to remove abrasive agents from the stone surface.
- Only use cleaners specifically designed for cleaning stone.
- Natural stone should be cleaned with neutral cleaners.
- Stone cleaners should never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will etch and eventually damage natural stone.
- Once the stone has been cleaned, you can periodically apply a Spray-Buff wax-type floor finish to enhance the beauty and luster of polished stone (including countertops). Apply the finish with a spray applicator and buff immediately with a white nylon pad.
- Whether wiping down counters, backsplashes, showers, bath surrounds or floors, use a mild detergent and water. Read the manufacturer directions for your specific mosaic tile product, as they will say how potent the cleaning agent should be.
- Use a soft sponge or cloth, and avoid hard-bristled tools, as these can scratch your mosaic tiles. Rinse off the surface of your mosaic tiles and dry them with a cloth.
- You can vacuum your mosaic tile floors to keep them clean if you prefer that over sweeping.
- Mopping mosaic floors can help keep them looking beautiful. Sweep the floors first, using a broom with soft bristles. Then, use a pH neutral cleaner and water to mop the floors. You should let the cleaning agent sit on the floors for about five to 10 minutes before scrubbing with the mop. When you are done, rinse thoroughly and remove excess liquid.
- Don’t drag furniture on mosaic tile floor.
Care tips for pool mosaics
- If you have mosaic tiles in your pool, they will require special cleaning.
- Along with a regular maintenance schedule, you will need to do a deeper clean once a year at the beginning or end of the season.
- Since a dry surface is easier to scrub, drain the water and let the pool dry. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water and scrub the area with a stiff sponge or scrub brush. Rubbing in a circular motion should help remove the marks.
- Once your pool is free of stains, clean as you would other mosaic tile, with a mild detergent and water.