MAINTENANCE:

The beauty of tile lies on more than just the surface. Tile is a timelessly popular surfacing choice thanks to its

durability and cleanability. Whether used on floors, walls or countertops, tile needs minimal maintenance to keep it looking great for years. The steps below will keep your tile installation looking like new.

Floors

Simple daily cleaning is all it takes to keep tiled floors in their prime. Here are some quick ways to care for tile

floors:

• Sweep, vacuum or dust-mop floors regularly to remove gritty particles.

• Gently remove any stuck-on debris with a putty knife or nylon scouring pad.

• Damp-mop with routine cleaners.

• Allow to dry, or if the tile’s finish is highly polished, wipe dry to avoid water spots.

Important tips for maintaining tile floors:

• Never use abrasive cleaners. Like tracked-in dirt, they may dull a shiny finish. If not using a professionally

suggested product, carefully check the product labels to make sure they do not contain abrasives that may

discolor grout.

• Avoid acidic cleaners, as they may harm grout with prolonged exposure.

• Heavily soiled or neglected floors may require the use of a wide selection of products, depending on the

problem.

• Place a mat outside each door and a rug just inside to collect dirt before it gets onto the floor.

• It is recommended to seal light-colored grouts to reduce ongoing maintenance and porosity.

Walls

Tile walls are typically installed in bathrooms and kitchens, where we often use abrasive household cleaners. A basic rule of thumb is to always avoid abrasive cleaners when maintaining tiled walls. Abrasive cleaners may dull a glossy tile’s finish, creating a rough surface that will actually attract soap scum and grime.

Important tips for maintaining tile walls:

• In the bathroom, clean the wall surface with a sponge and a non-abrasive routine cleaner.

• In the kitchen, a regular and thorough wiping with a routine cleaner will keep tile

backsplashes and walls spotless.

Countertops:

Tile’s durable beauty makes it an excellent surface choice for countertops and will survive years of use with style. As with other surfaces, simply avoid abrasive cleansers and clean up spills immediately. To remove a dried spill, use a sponge, hot water and a routine or stain specific cleaner. Most stains can be removed with a nylon-bristle brush or nylon-scouring pad. Also, as food may come in contact with your countertop, make sure the cleaner you use does not leave a harmful residue.

Notes:

As always, never mix bleach or ammonia with any other cleaning fluid. Always use pH-neutral cleaners. Acid-based cleaners may damage both tile and grout.

Always follow manufacturer’s recommendations for your particular tile or stone installation.

absorb 3% to 7% water. Suited for indoor use only

·           Vitreous Tiles – absorb 0.5% to 3% water. Suited for both interior and exterior use.  They are frost resistant.

·           Impervious Tiles – absorb between 0 and 0.5% of their weight in water. Suited for both interior and exterior use.  They are frost resistant.  They are also considered the strongest tile.