Porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are amongst the most durable flooring materials on the market. However, Centura Tile, one of the top ceramic importers and distributors in Toronto, tells their clients that it will require regular maintenance on their part.
Centura Tile offers porcelain and ceramic floor tiles in a variety of colours that will both complement and enhance your home decor. But like all types of flooring, it does require care and maintenance on your part to keep it looking beautiful year after year.
Since it is nonporous, ceramic tile can be cleaned easily. We do not recommend using brushes or scouring pads, since they can cause scratches in the ceramic; abrasive cleaning chemicals should be avoided as well. Sweeping dust or dirt once or twice a week is fine, along with biweekly mopping with warm, soapy water. Your ceramic floor tiles may also require more regular cleaning during the winter and spring because of snow, slush, salt, and mud.
If anything is spilled on your ceramic floor tiles, it must be cleaned immediately, before the stains can seep into the tiles. If a stain does seep into your ceramic tiles, you can use bleach to remove it; however, we do not recommend doing this regularly, because it can stain and discolour the tiles.
Another step you can take to ensure the longevity of your porcelain and ceramic floor tiles is to apply a sealer every few years to protect your ceramic tiles and grout against stains. Since porcelain tiles are far more resistant to stains, you won't need to apply a sealer. However, should you wish to apply a sealer, it should be a breathable type.
When it comes to cleaning grout on your porcelain and ceramic floor tiles, clean with warm water and a sponge, along with a cleaner that is specifically designed for grout.
Remember to avoid using ordinary household cleaners at all costs, since they can lead to damage to your porcelain and ceramic floor tiles. It is far better to pay a bit more for specialized products than risk your investment!
If you follow these simple rules from Centura Tile and regularly maintain your porcelain and ceramic floor tiles, they will last for the lifetime of your house.
"Maintaining Ceramic and Natural Stone Flooring," TheRecord.com, June 1, 2014; http://www.therecord.com/shopping-story/4259252-maintaining-ceramic-and-natural-stone-flooring/.