Best cleaning tips for Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
The ceramic tile family is made up of different types of ceramic tile that all have the same easy-cleaning advantages. Each tile subset is rendered somewhat differently, and as a result, can have additional benefits that are best tailored to particular applications. Water, stain, and scratch resistance are all benefits of “ceramic tile” (non-porcelain ceramic tile surfaces, such as quarry tile, standard ceramic tile, pressed floor tile, and wall tile) over certain non-ceramic surface alternatives. When you combine these advantages with the ease of cleaning, you have an ideal floor-to-ceiling surface.
Characteristics of Ceramics and Porcelains
- Low Maintenance: Simple Ceramic tile needs relatively little cleaning on a daily basis.
- Stain-resistant: Ceramic tile doesn't stain quickly!
- Water-resistant: Spills of liquid will wreak havoc on other products.
- Scratch-resistant: Even after years of hard use, dents, scrapes, and cuts that are common in other materials aren't a problem for ceramic tile.
- Inhospitable to microbes: The fired surface of ceramic tile prevents bacteria, mold, and mildew from settling and developing.
- Easy to scrub: Ceramic tile is simple to scrub, requiring only sweeping and/or washing with water.
- Fade-resistant: Ceramic tile does not fade, unless regularly in contact with harsh chemicals.
Cleaning DOs and DON’Ts
- Simply brush out dirt, wash with clean water, then properly dry for daily washing.
- Using a pH-neutral or slightly alkaline detergent for deep washing.
- If necessary, scrub with a nylon or plastic scrubber.
- Acidic cleaners, such as bleach, should be avoided.
- Cleaners dependent on oil or wax should be avoided because they leave a stain that can accumulate mud.
- Steel wool or other abrasive scrubbers should not be used.
- Broom or vacuum cleaner
- Clean water
- Clean cloth or mop
- A slightly alkaline detergent or a cleaner made especially for tile and grout may be used for deep cleaning on occasion
- Nylon or plastic scrubbers
Simple Cleaning Techniques: Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Make sure to sweep away any dirt or debris that our feet (or paws) can track each day. If you use throw rugs, you can clean them on a daily basis, either in the laundry machine or outside by shaking them thoroughly. Similarly, wipe off any crumbs or other residue from your ceramic tile countertops, just as you would the concrete. Sweeping provides the cleanest foundation for any subsequent washing or disinfecting.
- Wipe with Water
Wipe off the floor with a towel and clean, clear water after sweeping. To clean up most messes, all you need is clean water! Since ceramic tile is non-porous, lightly soiled surfaces may normally be removed by wiping it down. After that, just make sure it is fully dry.
- Disinfecting Porcelain and Ceramics
Are you looking for a way to clean your surfaces? If you need to scrub up with something other than a spray, use a neutral cleaner designed specifically for grout and tile. Oil or wax-based cleaners can not be used because they leave a stain on the tile and grout, which absorbs dirt more easily. It's worth noting that, unlike many other nonceramic surface products, using stronger disinfectants on occasion would not dull or weaken porcelain or ceramic tile.
When choosing the disinfectant to use, consult the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of approved disinfectants, and bear in mind that different disinfectants can be more effective towards different bacteria. To avoid residue from drying on your surfaces, vigorously wipe away the suds after washing. If you don't have any of these registered goods, certain typical household items, such as soap and water, can be used as disinfectants.
Tile and Grout Cleaners for Deep Cleaning
The three types of cleaners are alkaline, acidic, and inert. The pH of an alkaline solution is greater than 7, while the pH of an acidic solution is less than 7, and the pH of a neutral solution is 7.
The pH of alkaline cleaners is at least 12, rendering them highly caustic. When you need to get rid of sticky oil or other chemicals that won't come off with just water, use this kind of cleaner. Bleach is an alkaline cleaner with a pH of 12 that should not be used on tile and grout on a daily basis. Although alkaline cleaners would not damage tile or grout if used on a regular basis, they will remove sealant from the grout over time, necessitating sealant rejuvenation. Remove masks and prevent splashing with alkaline cleaners to avoid chemical burns. Any solvent should be thoroughly rinsed off the floor, and any residue should not be allowed to dry on the tile or grout.
Acidic cleaners corrode, but not in the same way that alkaline cleaners might. The acid reacts with the alkaline cement in the grout, causing a thin surface layer to dissolve and reveal the clean grout underneath. Despite the fact that these cleaners tend to be reliable, most manufacturers do not recommend them due to the eroding impact. When removing and replacing grout, only practitioners can use acidic tile and grout cleaners.
The most gentle cleaners for tile and grout are neutral cleaners with a pH of 7 (the same as water). Color grout can only be cleaned with neutral cleaners. If the grout has mildew or other stains, scrubbers made of nylon or plastic work well at scraping them. Water may have gotten into the grout when the sealant has broken off, causing mildew streaks that you can't rinse out. In such situations, you can rent a steam cleaner, which will raise the stains to the grout's top, where they can be washed. The grout must be removed and replaced as a last resort.
Ceramic tile is easy to clean and maintain if you stick to the fundamentals. If you follow the tips above, you can keep your tiles clean, shiny, and grout-free!