Maintenance for Ceramic & Porcelain

Caring for your ceramic and porcelain tile is usually an easy process. Their smooth surface allows for dirt and debris to be easily swept away. Ceramic and porcelain are excellent at resisting stains, so that should seldom be an issue.

They are also extremely durable and can withstand a lot of punishment. Here is a quick reference to help you care for your tile floors. Treat them right and they will last a lifetime.

Preventative Measures

Like with any flooring, keeping mats at all entrances will help keep dirt and grime off your floor. Keeping rugs or mats at high traffic areas will prevent excessive wear to your floors. Anytime there is heavy or metal furniture on your ceramic or porcelain floors, you should add protective pads to prevent scraping, dents or rust stains.

If your floors get excessive grout stains, use manufacturer recommended grout cleaner. This should pick up any stains and get your floors looking like new again.

How To Clean Ceramic and Porcelain Floors

You should sweep your floors on a regular basis to prevent build up from dirt and debris. Remember to always follow manufacturer’s guidelines when using cleaners to make sure you don’t accidentally void your warranty. You can use a mop damp with water to clean your ceramic.

If you need something stronger, use cleaner approved by the manufacturer. Rinse the floor with warm water to finish. If you are unable to locate the manufacturer’s recommendations, you should use a mild detergent solution. Avoid harsh, acidic or alkaline-based cleaners. Ceramic and porcelain require different cleaners than other tile floors, so be sure to purchase the right type.

Never use anything abrasive, such as steal wool, to clean your ceramic as this can take off the finish and leave permanent scratches. If you can’t get the grout looking like new with a cleaner, you can find grout stains that can make it look more like the original color. Wipe up spills as quickly as possible to prevent your tile from staining.