Tile comes in many sizes, shapes, colors and textures. They may be glazed or unglazed. Depending on your lifestyle, sealing your new floor may be an option. After the installation process is complete and your grout has had ample time to cure, sealing the grout and/or tiles can provide protection from dirt and spills, by slowing down the staining process.
It is important to sweep your tile regularly. Dirt can adhere to the surface of tile, especially those with a textured surface. Sweeping regularly loosens and removes most of this dirt. Feel free to use a vacuum cleaner to sweep but be sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles. The attachments that accompany your vacuum cleaner are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles. Use walk-off mats to minimize dirt being tracked in by entryways.
Regularly damp mop your floor with the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners. For heavier soil, you can spot clean your floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners. Rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber. Do not use scouring powders or other abrasives, which can scratch the finish.
Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain caulked heavy water use areas to prevent damage.
While ceramic tile is very durable, it is not indestructible and may crack or chip under extreme force. Take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects across your tile floor. Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Regular care will keep your tile floor looking new for many years.