What to know about cleaning ceramic tile flooring

What to know about cleaning ceramic tile flooring

Our tile shop in Raleigh, NC, has some gorgeous designs, such as the marble look, Calistoga, or wood look Acacia Valley– both by Daltile. 

Or, Clawson Chevron of Jupiter Basketweave Mosaic, both by Shaw Industries.

Tile flooring is durable, long-lasting, and eco-friendly.

Like all floors, however, it needs periodic cleaning and maintenance. Here are some tips.

Sweep your ceramic tile often 

Use a soft-bristled broom or dust mop several times a week or daily.

Soil and grit are sharp, so removing them as often as possible is essential. Otherwise, it can scratch your beautiful tile flooring.

Wet mopping

The typical schedule is to wet mop bathroom floors once a week; kitchen floors every two weeks.

You may do it more often, depending on your lifestyle. For example, I know someone who has pets who track in mud. Therefore, they mop more frequently.

Use a mild cleaner (or a half cup of white or apple cider vinegar) with a gallon of warm water. Change water frequently and avoid sponge mops since they tend to push the dirt around.

For deeper cleaning 

Combine a gallon of hot water with one or two tablespoons of washing soda or ¼ cup of low-sudsing detergent. Try scrubbing with an electric cleaner; your tile store experts will advise on how to proceed.

About grout

Grout is porous and easily absorbs dirt, so stay on top! Follow sealing guidelines and clean often. There are many good commercial grout cleaners on the market.

As a final note

These cleaning instructions are only for ceramic and porcelain (which is a type of ceramic tile). 

Please don't assume they apply to all tiles. For example, vinegar's an excellent ceramic and porcelain cleaner but damages natural stone.

Top tile flooring choice for the Raleigh area

At family-owned Raleigh Floor Coverings International, we won't just help you find the best tile flooring for your home–we'll help you by giving maintenance tips.

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in Raleigh, NC, especially if you live or work in Raleigh, Clayton, Garner, Cary, Durham, Wake Forest, Apex, North Raleigh, Holly Springs, or Morrisville.