Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tile Care Do's & Don'ts

Do not use cleansers containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance.

Do not use wax cleaners, oil based detergents or sealers to maintain your tile. (sealers may be used on grout joints and natural stone.) Swiffer wet cleaners are not recommended.

Do not use AMMONIA or VINEGAR - they will discolor the grout.

Do not use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or scouring pads containing metals.

Do not use a cleaning agent that contains color on unglazed ceramic tile or natural stone.

Do not wash down your tiles with the same dirty water you washed your dishes with. You will be putting food and grease stains into the grout. Always use a clean cloth with clean soap and water.

Do not apply sealers on the tile or stone. Grout sealers are for Grout only!

Do have your grout sealed.

Do test scouring powders on a small area first (not recommended for natural stone).

Do have any damaged or broken tiles removed and replaced only by a qualified contractor.

Do notice the condition of your grout & caulk. Attend to any openings immediately

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