The ease of ceramic tile maintenance is one of its strong selling points and that applies even if your tile exists in the outdoor environment. All that’s really required for efficient ceramic tile maintenance is daily sweeping and occasional washing. This minimal effort will keep ceramic tile new looking for as long as you own it.
Historically, ceramic tile floors are some of the oldest in the world. But their longevity shouldn’t imply that they’re impervious to damage or neglect. A well-maintained floor can keep its original beauty as long as you follow a few key ceramic tile maintenance tips.
Your Prescribed Cleansing Ritual
Proper ceramics tile maintenance dictates that your floor be swept daily and mopped at least once a week and of course, more often than that if the floor supports a high traffic area in the home.
An adequate cleansing solution includes a simple, non-abrasive combination of warm water and a small amount of vinegar (believe it or not). It’s suggested that detergent cleansers dull the surface of this kind of tile and may eventually encourage mold within its grout.
Removing Grout Stains
Slight grout stains that are the result of mold or mildew respond well to a quick spray of diluted bleach. However if you find yourself dealing with a stain that is tough to remove or that has seemingly seeped deep into your tile’s grout, you may need to purchase a special grout brush and scrub it with the same bleach solution.
When the stain appears to have gone, leave your cleansing solution on the spot for about ten minutes. Follow up with a rinse and then dry the area. Let’s prevent that from happening again with another ceramic tile maintenance tip.
Apply Commercial Grout Sealer for Protection
Tedious to apply but definitely worth it, a few coats of commercial grout sealer can be applied with a small paintbrush each year.
As part of your annual ceramics tile maintenance, applying this sealer will protect your tile’s grout from hard to remove stains and decrease the amount of time and effort required in “de-staining” them.
Protection from Other Small Culprits
You can further extend your ceramic tile maintenance and preserve the natural beauty of your tile by employing the use of decorative rugs or mats. These protectors trap substances that we can’t always readily see (like sand, outdoor dirt, etc.) and they can prevent them from seeping into the tile’s grout.
Protection from Your Very Own Furniture
Aside from placing mats in areas that are most likely to attract dirt (like heavy traffic areas for example), you can also use them under furniture that sits atop your tiles.
There probably isn’t a piece of furniture in the world that isn’t prone to a slight bump, budge or slide from time to time. And these slides have the potential of scratching or even cracking tile (depending upon how heavy the furniture is).
If placing rugs under furniture isn’t an option, try attaching furniture protection pads to the legs of them as part of your regular ceramic tile maintenance campaign. Furniture with a metal, wood or plastic base is a prime candidate for these protectors.
In addition to causing scratches or cracks, furniture with metal bases could also rust and stain the tile beneath them.