Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Ceramic Tiles
Production of Ceramic Tiles starts with clay, which is worked into a material called bisque. The bisque is shaped into tiles and is fired in a kiln – the higher the temperature, the stronger the tile will be. Ceramic Tiles typically have a glazed upper surface (an almost glass-type coating) which makes them waterproof and very easy to clean. They are very hardwearing, durable, practical and easy to maintain. While the glaze layer is extremely durable, if it does becomes scratched or pitted the tile looks worn, and if chipped, the glaze with reveal the bisque underneath.
Cleaning Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the grout in between the tiles.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Ceramic Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Ceramic Tile Grout….
Glazed Ceramic Tiles are NOT porous and as such do not require sealing – only their grout lines need to be sealed.
Sealing of grout is necessary to protect against premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt.
At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any new grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed.
Once discoloured, regrouting or recolouring (using an epoxy based sealant) are the best options for renewing grout that has not been sealed previously.