While Ceramica Innova tile floors are created to be easy to maintain they still do need some care to retain their original beauty over time. The following tips will ensure floors that will continue to be admired year after year.
- Sweep or vacuum your glazed tiles regularly.
- Wash or mop your floors often to remove any dirt or grit. Use a mild, diluted detergent solution when cleaning.
- Avoid ammonia-based cleaners as they may discolor some types of colored grout.
- After washing your floors with a mild detergent you should thoroughly rinse the tiles with clean, warm water.
- Never wax a tile as it could affect the glazed ceramic finish.
- Wipe spills immediately with an all-purpose cleaner and then mop. This will also prevent the grout joints from becoming discolored.
- Do not combine ammonia and household bleaches.
- Do not use harsh cleaning agents such as steel wool pads, which can scratch or damage the surface of the tile.
- Use a test scouring pad on a small area first.
- Use a silicone sealer on grout joints if continuous staining is a problem.
- Read and follow label directions for all cleaners.
- The sooner the cleaning is carried out, the easier the stain can be removed.
- Protect the floor if decorating, construction or overhead work is taking place.
Maintenance of Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are easy to clean using water and normal commercially available detergents. They do not require any polishing treatments or waxing, and do not easily retain dirt which, will most probably lead to the growth of bacteria.
On completion of laying the first cleaning job is carried out to eliminate the residues of mortar, adhesives, and grout from the ceramic surface. Usually, an acid base solution is used which is left to act for a short time in contact with the tiled surface. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, keeping in mind the level of resistance to acids of the particular tile laid. It is advisable, therefore to make an initial test on a small area of the tile surface.
For routine cleaning, it is usually sufficient to pass over the tiled surface with a damp rag or mop to obtain the tile’s natural sheen. General maintenance and cleaning of porcelain tile varies depending on the surface texture and soil load. General cleaning should be performed with a neutral cleaner diluted to the manufacturer's recommendations. Non-oil, non-acidic and non-soap based cleaners should be used.
Unglazed tiles should not be regularly cleaned with alkaline detergent of greater than pH9. These should be only used occasionally and then the residue should be thoroughly rinsed away with clean water, otherwise reactions can cause a glossy and potentially slippery surface.
Many degreasing agents which contain wax, solidum silicates or other additives which leave a sticky deposit on the floor and thus retain dirt on the surface, must also be avoided.