Dos And Don'ts Of Porcelain Tile Care

28 December 2016
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Porcelain tiles are especially popular for bathroom use because they are durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. In fact, when it comes to flooring, porcelain is the least water absorbent material choice, which makes them the best bathroom option. They come in a range of colors, from crisp white to variegated options with integrated designs. There are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind when it comes to porcelain tile care.

Do seal the grout

Although the tiles are moisture and stain resistant, the grout isn't. If you are going to develop mold, the grout is the most likely spot. Have the grout sealed right after installation so that moisture can't penetrate the grout and lead to mold and mildew growth. You will also need to reseal the grout every few years. As a general rule, if moisture stops beading up on the grout and is absorbed, it's time to reseal.

Don't use acidic cleaners

Acids can etch the surface of porcelain tiles, making them rough and dull. Acids can also discolor the grout. This includes homemade cleaners that contain vinegar or lemon juice as well as commercial cleaners with acidic components. Make sure any cleaner you use is made for bathroom tile cleaning, otherwise you may damage your flooring.

Do keep it dry

One concern in the bathroom is moisture. The primary trouble spots tend to be under items like bathroom rugs. Hang these up to dry after bathing so moisture isn't trapped against the tile. The moisture likely won't damage the tiles themselves, but it does increase the chances of mildew forming on the grout between the tiles.

Don't allow abrasive damage

Abrasives can also etch and scratch the tiles so that they dull. Sweep often so grit doesn't build up on the floor or become trapped beneath rugs. When cleaning, skip abrasive cleaners. If you must use an abrasive, such as to remove mildew from the grout, mix it with water to form a paste and only scrub the grout with it. Also, avoid using abrasive brushes or steel wool to clean the tile.

Do brighten dull tile

Ceramic tile can lose its shine over time. Mopping with a tile cleaner may help, since this can remove hard water spots and mineral buildup. You can also use a hard water spot remover, following label application instructions, for severe buildup. Occasionally, the cause of the dull tile is that the surface glaze is scratched. In this case, you can have the tiles resealed to bring back their former luster.

Talk to a flooring contractor KC Marble & Tile in Naples, Florida for more help on your tile product.