Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Granite Tiles
Granite is a granular type of stone which by definition is an igneous rock (formed by heat) with at least 20% quartz by volume. Granite is found deep within the Earth’s crust. Once quarried, cut, polished, & sealed granite is nearly impervious to scratches, heat, etching, staining, or weathering. Granite Tiles are extremely dense, durable and scratch resistant. Granite Tiles are the same colour the whole way through the tile. Granite is a siliceous stone and not highly susceptible to damage from acids.
Cleaning Granite Tiles
Granite Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the surface of the tile and will damage the grout in between the tiles over time. Further, Do not use abrasive cleaners – it is not necessary, and the Granite Tiles may scratch if you do.
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 Granite Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Granite Tiles & Grout…. Sealing of Granite Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Granite Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life! Granite is quite porous (a spill left for as little as 30 minutes can leave a deep stain) – it must be sealed and polished regularly. When sealed on a regular basis, Granite is resistant to staining and discolouration. Sealing your Granite tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills and so forth. At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Granite Tiles and 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 is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.