As with most tiles, porcelain tiles are relatively easy to clean. For tips on how to keep them looking fresh, read on.
- Sweep or vacuum any dust and dirt away
Sweeping or vacuuming should be a regular part of your tile cleaning schedule. Keeping your porcelain tiles free of dirt can prevent them from being scratched. If you are sweeping your tiles, it is often best to do this with a dry mop, not a broom, as this will offer better protection.
- Avoid chemical cleaners that contain ammonia, bleach, or acids
Porcelain tiles offer similar water-resistant qualities to glass, but regular use of corrosive chemicals can erode the surface of the tile and increase the water absorption rate. Corrosive chemicals such as bleach and ammonia can also erode the grout, meaning water is more likely to seep below the tiles and cause damp. For everyday cleaning of your porcelain tiles just use warm water and a mop.
- Wash away detergents fully
When using detergents on your porcelain tiles ensure you mix them in low concentrations. Cover the floor with the cleaning solution and let it stand for 5-10 minutes, do not let the solution dry completely. Instead, mop the area with clean, warm water to get rid of the detergent residue.
- Use appropriate stain removal techniques
We often use the same stain removal procedure for all types of stain, but not all stains are equal. You should research the most effective way to treat each stain and apply the correct method. Only treat the affected area, no not cover the whole floor.
- Resort to chemicals for tough stains
Following the above tips should keep your tiles sparkling, but accidents always happen. Major stains may need to be treated with a more aggressive approach, often this will involve harsher chemicals. If you do need to use a stronger chemical always do your research, make sure it will not cause any lasting damage before covering your floor in it.