Tile, Stone & Grout

Cleaning Tips for Tile, Stone & Grout

Tips for Tile & Grout:

Dos and Don’ts

Do clean up spills as quickly as possible so your grout won’t become stained.

Do take the proper precautions to prevent scratching when moving heavy objects across a ceramic tile floor.

Do use proper floor mats at all outside entrances. The leather or rubber of your shoes won’t damage your floor, but dirt will. Select mats for function, not style.

Do clean your floor mats often. A mat saturated with dirt and sand defeat their purpose.

Don’t use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of your ceramic tile.

Don’t use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners — these products can discolor your grout if used too often.

Tips for Stone:

Natural Stone Care & Maintenance

To ensure the beauty and longevity of the natural stone in your home, proper maintenance is crucial. Natural Stone products are porous by nature and require a different maintenance program than traditional man-made ceramic tile. Here are things to keep in mind:

Natural stone should be cleaned with neutral cleaners, and never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will etch and eventually damage natural stone.

Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone. Dirt and dust will scratch the surface of stone. Therefore, stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped frequently to remove abrasive agents from the stone surface.

Avoid using glass cleaners or “water with a little dish soap” that you may be tempted to use. Glass cleaners can be too harsh to both the stone and the sealer (if one has been applied), while water and dish soap can leave an unsanitary and unsightly film that can build up and become problematic..

Avoid using any generic household cleaners off the shelves at supermarkets; use only specialty cleaners that are formulated to deal with the delicate chemistry of stone.