how to maintain porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles ? - Porcelain Tile


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

how to maintain porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles ?

maintain porcelain tiles

            Porcelain tiles are long-lasting and visually appealing. They do not require much care to keep them in good condition, but they do require some maintenance. Here are some suggestions for using porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles in your home or business.

With these simple cleaning instructions, you can spend less time cleaning and more time appreciating your gorgeous porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces.

A Super-Quick Guide to Cleaning Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Surfaces

Do you require a speedy response? We'll get into the whys and wherefores later, but for now, here are some short, must-know cleaning recommendations.

 What to DO When Cleaning

·          For regular cleaning, just sweep away debris, wipe with clean water, and thoroughly dry.

·         For deep cleaning, use a pH-neutral or mildly alkaline detergent.

·         Use a nylon or plastic scrubber, if needed.

 What to Avoid When Cleaning

·         Don’t use oil- or wax-based cleaners as they leave a residue that may attract dirt.

·         Don’t use acidic cleaners, including vinegar.

·         Don’t use steel wool or other abrasive scrubbers.

Low-Maintenance Care

Understanding the many low-maintenance and hygienic benefits of porcelain and ceramic tile is the first step toward easy care:

·       Bacteria resistance: Bacteria and other microbes, such as mould, find it difficult to grow on porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces.

·       Anti - microbial: Antimicrobial options are available that can suppress and even destroy harmful microorganisms such as mould, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

·       Hypoallergenic: In addition to being allergen-free, porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces are impermeable to allergens found in the environment, such as dirt, dust, dust mites, and pollen.

·       Water resistance: Water does not penetrate porcelain or ceramic tile. Furthermore, porcelain is "impervious" to moisture, with a water absorption rate of 0.5% or less.

·       Simple to clean: No harsh chemicals are required; water alone is usually sufficient.

·       Resistance to stains and scratches: Surfaces made of porcelain and ceramic tile are highly resistant to stains, scratches, scrapes, dents, and cuts. Dirt frequently accumulates in small crevices caused by nonceramic material damage.

Cleaning Materials for Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

Broom or vacuum cleaner

Clean water

Clean cloth or mop

For occasional deep cleaning, a mildly alkaline detergent (e.g., Mr. Clean, Spic and Span) or a cleaner made specifically for tile and grout

Nylon or plastic scrubbers

 How to Clean Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

With their many easy-care benefits, porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces make maintenance simple for you.


You know best how often to clean, whether it's once a week, twice a week, or even every day — after all, it depends on the amount of foot traffic in your home, how much you use a space, and whether you have any mess-making humans or pets in the house. When you need to clean depends on where and how your surface is used, such as flooring, countertops, or shower tile.

All you need to do for regular light cleaning of porcelain and  ceramic surfaces is:

·       Sweep: Sweep away any dust, crumbs, or other debris that has accumulated since your last cleaning. Use this opportunity to sweep or clean any throw rugs. Simply wipe away crumbs if you're cleaning a porcelain or ceramic tile counter rather than flooring.

·       Wipe with water: Wipe with clean water after that. Yes, water is sufficient to clean lightly soiled porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces. There is no need for harsh chemicals! If you choose to mop your flooring, be sure to sweep up any debris first and use a flat mop rather than a sponge mop to avoid pushing dirty water into the grout lines.

·       Dry: After wiping with water, dry deeply by air-drying or using a microfiber cloth (a dry flat mop is great as well).

How to Clean Grout

It stands to reason that you will clean your grout at the same time as you clean your tile, with no additional steps. However, over time, grout may develop stains or other issues that require extra care:

·       How to deep clean grout:  Scrub the grout with a grout brush (or an old toothbrush) and a cleaner designed specifically for tile and grout. If at all possible, use a wet-dry vacuum to remove the dirt from the joint. Then, rinse with clean water and vacuum to remove any remaining soap. (If you don't have a wet-dry vacuum, thoroughly rinse the grout with clean water and pat it dry with a towel.)

·       How to remove stains from grout:  Tough stains may be easily removed using a steam cleaner. The high pressure steam forces the stains to the surface of the grout, where they can be easily scrubbed away.

·       How to prevent grout from staining:  To prevent staining, many grouts are now self-sealing. If you're using non-self-sealing cementitious grout, seal it after installation and then reseal it on a regular basis to maintain stain and moisture resistance, reduce maintenance, and help the grout retain its original colour. Instructions can be found in the sealer's product information. It should be noted that epoxy grout does not require sealing.

·       How to Remove Mold and Mildew from Grout:  The hard-fired surface of porcelain and ceramic tile renders it inert and inhospitable to bacteria, mould, and mildew. A breakdown in your grout's sealant, on the other hand, could allow water, soap, and oily dirt into the subsurface, allowing bacteria to grow. To prevent future mould and mildew growth, if you use an alkaline cleaner such as bleach for a deep cleaning, thoroughly rinse the area, thoroughly dry the grout, and apply a sealer within 24 hours. Porcelain and ceramic surfaces are bleach-safe and will not be harmed or faded by bleach, unlike some non-ceramic surface materials.

PRO TIP :  You can remove the existing grout and regrout if you are unable to remove a stain or if you want to replace your grout with self-sealing grout. Before taking any action, consult with an expert. Never grout over old grout without first removing it.

A Clean Home Is a Happy Home

Many of us dislike cleaning, but the old adage is true: a clean home is a happy home — and a healthy home. Keep your home clean and your porcelain and ceramic tile looking brand new by cleaning on a regular basis, following these simple steps, and using recommended cleaners.

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