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Old 03-08-2012, 06:59 PM  
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Sweeping
Dirt adheres easily to the surface of ceramic tile, especially styles with textured surfaces. Regular sweeping loosens and removes most dirt. A vacuum cleaner can also be used to sweep, but make sure you use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles. Vacuum cleaner attachments are great to suck up dirt along edges or in between tiles.
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Use doormats to keep dirt being from coming into your home. And shake them out often. This will reduce the amount of dirt being tracked across your ceramic tile floor, and will reduces the wear to the finished surface.
Mopping
Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped using manufacturer-recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, spot clean the floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the same recommended cleaners.
Heavy Cleaning
Mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber may be required for textured tiles. After cleaning with a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to remove leftover residue. If necessary, wipe the tile dry with a clean towel to remove any film.
For soft water situations, an all-purpose cleaner may be necessary. Apply it to your floor and let it stand for 3-5 minutes. Then lightly scrub with a sponge, rinse well and you’re good to go.
Cleaning products available from your local grocery or hardware store can be used to remove soap scum, hard water deposits and mildew stains from ceramic tile. Be sure to consult the cleaning product’s instructions to ensure the product is recommended for your type of tile. After cleaning, rinse well and wipe dry for a sparkling shine.
Dos and Don’ts
Do clean up spills as quickly as possible so your grout won’t become stained.
Don’t use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of your ceramic tile.
Do remember that while ceramic tile is very durable, it’s not indestructible and may crack or chip under extreme force.
Don’t use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners — these products can discolor your grout if used too often.
Do take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects across a ceramic tile floor.
Do cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against scratching.
Do remember that if a repair is necessary, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the original tile, however, with time and usage, the replacement tile will blend in with its neighbors.
Caulking and Sealing
Once your tile has been laid and grouted, it’s your responsibility to caulk areas that may be exposed to water. Caulking will prevent expensive subsurface damage and keep the tiled areas looking as good as new.
Depending on your lifestyle, sealing your tile and grout may also be an option. After installation, sealing the grout and tile can provide protection from dirt and spills by slowing down the staining process.
Grout colorants can transform the original color of your grout and, in some cases, can act as a form of sealant. Be aware that non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer.
Regular care and maintenance will keep your ceramic tile floors looking their very best for years to come.


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Old 04-13-2012, 03:35 PM  
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Test all cleaning products on an inconspicuous surface of the tile before applying it to the rest of the tile.



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Old 04-16-2012, 12:37 PM  
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Thanks so much for all of your tips. I will definatly follow them.

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Bissell Steam Mop Hard-floor Cleaner is what I have, seems to work fine!!

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:38 AM  
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I have a problem with ceramic tile cleaning...The fact is that I have a heavy allergy to the chemical components of ceramic cleaning products and less strong ones don't clean the stuff well. Does anyone know some products which can help me in my situation?

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These thing nothing but water, lots of brands on the market.
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Good ideas. Generally I focused on the mopping. Very practical, and Thanks for other Worthy info.

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To keep your ceramic tiles looking their best, keep them dry. Standing water leads to fading and staining. Wipe up spills and splashes promptly.

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For allergy reasons, you should use steam. Machines can be rented very reasonably.


This situation involves a porous tile which is then re-sealed. In your case, that is not necessary. However, a steam cleaning would kill mold, mildew, bacteria, and flush out pollen. Make this a regular process and it might really help you!
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I usually used SUPER HOT WATER, literally boiled water to clean them.



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