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Tile Triumph: A Guide to Sparkling Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Maintenance



Tile’s ability to withstand dirt and stains makes it an attractive choice for households. Nevertheless, regular cleaning is crucial to prevent dirt, grime, and spills from dulling the tile’s luster.


PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Your First Line of Defense

To avoid damage caused by tracked-in dirt, place floor mats inside and outside of exterior entryways. Sweep or vacuum regularly to prevent loose dirt from abrading your floor. Tracked-in dirt is abrasive and can mar the flooring surface.


CREATE A CLEANING SCHEDULE
It's Time to Clean!
  • For ongoing maintenance, sweep or vacuum the tiles. 

  • Clean the tiles regularly with a pH neutral cleaner and rinse with clean water. Use only neutral, non-abrasive and non-acidic cleaners. Avoid use of any harsh cleaning products that contain bleach or acidic chemicals. Acid-based cleaners and harsh chemicals may etch the surface of the tile, especially tiles with polished or honed finishes.

  • It is important that the cleaner is a non-oil, non-soap and non-animal fat based product. These products act like a magnet, attracting dirt and dust.

  • Always test cleaning solutions on a small inconspicuous area before proceeding to clean the entire surface area.

  • For hard to remove residue, a single disc floor machine with a white pad may be used. Be sure to wet the surface first when using a floor machine.


A variety of cleaning products are available at CFM and will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and use. Please consult an CFM representative for more information.


It is recommended to clean up spills on the tile as soon as possible. Use floor protectors on furniture legs. Do not push or pull your furniture or appliances across the floor without first protecting. To protect countertop surfaces, use coasters, trivets or placemats. Should your porcelain or ceramic tile become broken, chipped or damaged, it is possible to have it repaired. It is highly recommended to keep extra tiles from the original installation for future repairs.


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