Ceramic Tile Care

Ceramic Tile Care

Ceramic tile care is pretty straight forward, and much less labor intensive than other types of flooring, like natural stone.If you've just had your ceramic tile cleaned, what do you need to take into consideration on a day to day basis so that you don’t hurt it by mistake? I want to talk to you specifically about:

  • Sweeping
  • Vacuuming
  • Mopping

Sweeping

Sweeping is probably going to have the least impact on your floor of all the cleaning that you do. Since no one markets a stiff wire broom, most of the alternatives you will use on your floor will have either soft plastic bristles, straw bristles or a fabric pad. Most people will recommend that you use a dust mop instead of a broom if you’re a sweeper. Dust mops are softer on the floor and tend to collect more mess than traditional brooms, I like how much more convenient they are to use, especially in large areas. If you have a large tile floor, a dust mop makes the job a lot easier and faster.

Vacuuming

Vacuums are a little trickier, there are a lot of different vacuums on the market or handed down from family members, each one has it’s own way of getting the job done. For price and convenience you cannot beat the Electrolux Ergorapido. It’s cordless; it was designed for hard surfaces, and with a full charge will tackle even the largest job. A bad vacuum can cause a lot of damage unintentionally, so make sure to look over your vacuum before channeling your inner clean freak. Check the bottom of the vacuum for exposed metal, (screw heads, sharp edges, metal wheels or bristle bar). Metal can scratch through your ceramic glaze and gouge right into the heart of the tile, at high rotating speed it can do some real damage. Often, this kind of damage won’t be noticed until dirt gets into the scratches and exposes the scratches, by that time its already too late.

Mopping

This can cause some problems too, if you’re not careful. With all of the chemicals out there it’s hard to be sure what you can use without stripping your grout sealer away a little at a time. Also, what may be dangerous for one sealer may be fine to use on another sealer. It’s a good idea to talk with your Tile Specialist (hopefully me) when he is sealing your grout, so he can point you in the right direction. Usually, if you use mild soaps you will be ok, but many people prefer to use steam. A decent steam mop is inexpensive, has machine washable pads and will get your floor clean without using any detergent. when it dries you will see your beautiful stone in all of it’s streak free glory. These tips are not meant to scare you into buying a new arsenal of ceramic tile care paraphernalia, but to help you use what you have to best advantage. I want you to be able to protect your investment, I want your floor to make a good impression on everyone who sees it. SUDS is here if you need any extra help.

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