Both ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are a kind of kiln-fired type of product. They are available in both glazed and unglazed versions. These tiles are then baked under extreme temperatures in order to make them considerably hard. These features of the tiles makes it almost totally resistant to all kinds of liquid stains. They are also available in a wide array of different colours, shapes, sizes and textures. These tiles are also sometimes manufactured in a way that they mimic the look and feel of natural surfaces of stone. They are also much easier to take care of when compared to natural stone surfaces.
The way these tiles are made mean that they do not really need to be sealed. Some of them, however, do require a bit of light application of a type of penetrating sealer in order to fill some of the micro pores that are there on the surface of the tiles. However, one thing that you should be aware of is that grout joints in between the tiles are generally highly porous and are typically made from a type of cement-based material.
This is the main reason as to why these grout joints generally need to get properly sealed and also maintained in the correct way so that you can prevent stains as well as discoloration. You can find a wide variety of sealers in the market, so you need to be sure that the one you are getting is suited for your particular needs. The sealers of the impregnating variety are placed into the grout joints in order to protect against unwanted water and oil-based stains. Experts are now of the opinion that grout is best protected when a sealer made of fluorochemical is used.
How to Clean the Tiles and the Grout
In order to keep your tiles and also your grout free from everyday dust and humidity, you can make use of sandy soil that has the ability to minimize wear and tear, scratches and also prevent the grout from soiling from regular everyday foot traffic. In order to remove the loose dust and soil, you should make sure to sweep, vacuum or dust the surfaces on a regular basis in order to remove the loose dust and soil.
You can also try cleaning the tiles and the grout with warm water and also make use of a nonabrasive sponge or a mop. Make sure that the cleaner you are using is specially made for these types of tiles and also the grout you have. This will allow you to get rid of the soil that dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming just cannot get rid of.
One thing to be wary of is to not use any regular old household cleaners. This can seriously degrade the sealer that you used on the grout in order to protect your tiles and grout from stains. Make sure that you do not use anything that is acidic or alkaline, abrasive, bleach, or ammoniated types of cleaners.
For these types of surfaces, make sure that the cleaner you use to keep the surface clean from regular stains and soils is properly pH-balanced. There are also a lot of cleaning products in the market that come with protectors. These things can not only clean but can also reinforce the sealer that has been applied on the grout.
Make sure that you vacuum and that you dust regularly with the help of a dust mop that is drey and non-treated. You can get a build up of dirt, sand, and grit and that can scratch the tiles on your floors or if it builds up on the grout joints, it can even cause discoloration. Make use of both mars and area rugs both inside and outside the entrance as it can really help you minimize any potential damage that may be caused by these particular particles.
Make sure that you damp mop the tiles on your floors with the help of a diluted solution of a cleaner that is natural. Try staying off the floor till it is totally dry. Wet tiles are slippery.
The Bathroom and Other Wet Areas
For regular cleaning and maintenance of these areas of the house, make sure that you use a cleaner that is neutral and ph-balanced. This will help with cleaning the day to day soils and stains. In these types of wet areas of the house, making use of a squeegee after every use can really help minimize the build-up of those soils and stains.
Restoring Tile and Grout
In order to clean and to restore these types of tiles and grouts to a condition that is almost brand-new, we suggest that you use a type of acidic cleaner that has been designed for use on these types of surfaces. This will really help with removing the hard deposits of water, some of the tough scum of sap, grout haze, and also efflorescence. If you find that you already have some grease stains and oil stains, then we highly recommend that you use an alkaline cleaner that has been specially designed for both ceramic and porcelain tiles. This really does have the ability to cut through really tough soil and also grease stains.
After you have restored your tile and also your grout, always make sure that you seal it with a sealer of the impregnating kind in order to make sure that you do not get stains in the future.