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Ceramic Tile Cleaning Tips

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009

If you have ceramic tile flooring, you know how wonderful it looks and feels. Ceramic tiles are so versatile that they can be used in nearly any room -- the natural stone look has that warm appearance and the marble style offers that elegant high gloss look. After the tiles have been laid down and sealed, maintaining the floor surface is easy with these few tips.

Regular maintenance for tile flooring is as simple as sweeping up dirt, even a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar works wonders. A few walk off mats used at entryways will trap most dirt and dust before it enters the house. To clean ceramic tile, damp mopping with grout and tile cleaner is the best practice.

For heavier soil, you can spot clean the ceramic tiles with a sponge or cloth using the same cleaner. After cleaning, the floor should be rinsed well and wiped dry to keep the tile flooring shiny. If you have textured tiles, they might require a mild scrubbing with a soft bristle brush to clean all the nooks and crannies.

When cleaning ceramic tile, do not use steel wool, scouring powders, or other highly abrasive surfaces, as they will damage the finish. Bleach and ammonia based cleaners will eventually discolor your grout. If you have glazed tile, do not use oil-based cleaners. Always be careful when moving heavy objects over tile flooring, as the tiles can crack if you put a lot of stress on them.

Following a simple cleaning regimen will let your ceramic tile flooring last a lifetime!