Tile Care Tips

Care Tips To Spotless Tile & Grout

  1. Dirt, mud, grit and sand can get ground into the tile and grout from heavy foot traffic. This abrasion will cause soiling and damage. Use a vacuum with suction to extract the dirt. A broom will push the dirt into the grout lines.
  2. Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or areas rugs. Dirt collecting carpet mats should be placed in frequently used entrances and shaken out weekly. Be sure the underside of the mat has a non slip surface. It is recommended that they are taken up and floors cleaned under them every month.
  3. We do not recommend the use of floor waxes as they can be difficult to remove from ceramic tile floors. As long as your floor is properly sealed and maintained, you should find no need for these products.
  4. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
  5. Many tile cleaners are acid based and their use should be limited. Always read the manufacturer’s directions. All acids, no matter how weak, will etch marble surfaces or damage the tile’s glaze or polish. Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces. In addition,
    avoid any cleaner that contains harsh abrasives.
  6. Spot removal procedures should be expedited as soon as accidents occur.
  7. After performing a wet maintenance, open windows or utilize fans to get air circulating. The faster it dries the better the results and less chance for rapid re-soiling.
  8. Chairs and tables in hard surface areas could cause serious damage to floors if legs and corners are not protected. Teflon or felt can be used to prevent abrasive damage caused by the furniture.
  9. When snow and ice are present, be sure to leave shoes that may have salt or liquid deicer on them at the door. Chemicals used in these products cause rapid and irreversible damage.
  10. Dry sand on hard surfaces should be removed as soon as noticed. Wear patterns and scratches will dull your floor and reduce enhancement efforts.
  11. Clean and rinse your hard surfaces often, at least weekly in high traffic or kitchen areas. Rinse with plain water unless using a recommended cleaner / protector product.
  12. Seal the grout to increase its longevity after new installation of grout or professional cleaning. Applying a sealer will help fill the pore structure and help keep the grout from absorbing stains and foreign materials.
  13. Call Referral at 260-483-4383 to professional clean your tile & grout and restore it to like new condition.

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