Wondering how to keep your tile flooring clean?

Would you wash your stainless-steel refrigerator using a cleaner designed for enamel surfaces? Of course not. That same concept applies to tiles. Though floor tiles are highly durable, some types of tiles require special care.

Porcelain and ceramic floor tiles require relatively low maintenance, whereas coarse tiles like marble, slate, limestone, or granite need individualized care. Their cleaning usually uses particular cleaners available with R. Fraser Company in Manchester, Derry, Nashua, Hudson, NH and surrounding areas. Let us look at some tile flooring care routines we provide.

Debris removal from tiles

Before applying any cleaner or water, we first utilize a dust mop, vacuum, or soft-bristled brush to remove dust, dirt, and other loosely held materials from your tile floor. This makes sure all the scrubbing needed later does not scratch the tile.

Check the tile material

There are a dozen types of floor tiles ranging from natural stone, ceramic, quarry tile to cement. Natural porous stones such as marble, travertine, and limestone must be sealed to protect them from staining. Once you know the type of tile you have, you are set to proceed to the next step.

Determine the best cleaning agent

Once you know the type of tile, you should then determine the best-suited cleaning agent for the tile. Unfortunately, not every cleaner is suited for all kinds of stains or tiles.

For instance, we advise you against using any acidic substance in cleaning cement tiles. This includes vinegar-based solutions. Instead, go for products labelled “safe for stone” for travertine, limestone, and marble. Also, ensure you avoid products that contain bleach.

To clean porcelain and ceramic tiles, you can use vinegar-based products if you decide to. However, to avoid damages to your tile type, check the instructions from the manufacturer. Alternatively, you could let professionals like R. Fraser Company handle your tile flooring care.

Choose the appropriate mop or sponge

You should choose your mop or sponge according to your type of tile. You should avoid using abrasive cleaners for fragile tiles such as cement, metals, and natural stone since they get scratched easily. To clean ceramic tile or durable porcelain, you could use robust scrubbers if required.

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very durable, and a couple of simple cleaning procedures can help maintain the sparkling look of the tiles. We provide professional tile flooring care services at R. Fraser Company in Manchester, Derry, Nashua, Hudson, NH, and surrounding areas.