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Cleaning Tile Grout

Tile flooring is fairly simple to care for. One thing to remember is that care must be taken to avoid staining the tile grout. While floor tiles themselves are easy to clean, the grout between can become discolored if not properly maintained. Maintenance will also depend on the particular type of tile flooring you have installed, so consult the manufacturer or retailer for specific tips. Keep in mind that unglazed tiles are somewhat porous and therefore very susceptible to staining. Unglazed tile floors and their surrounding grout should be sealed for extra protection.

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Prevention and Maintenance

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  • Set down mats at entrances and heavy traffic areas like the front of your kitchen sink and stove. This will keep out dirt, dust, and sand from outside, as well as preventing excess wear on your tile flooring.
  • Add protective feet to the legs of any iron and metal furniture. Outdoor metal furniture in particular can rust and stain your tile floors.
  • If your tile floors are grouted with a non–epoxy grout, treat them with a silicone sealer twice a year so they remain stain–resistant. Be sure to clean the grout between floor tiles before resealing.

Care and Cleaning

  • To clean your tile floors, damp mop them with water. If they need further cleaning, add a very small amount of the manufacturer's recommended cleaner or a mild detergent solution. After washing, thoroughly rinse the floor with warm water.
  • If you can't find a manufacturer–recommended cleaner, choose a non–acidic, non–alkaline cleaner. It's also very important to purchase a cleaner for your specific type of tile – porcelain will require a different cleaner than ceramic, and so on.
  • Steer clear of ammonia or acid–based alkaline cleaners, which can discolor grout and dull polished floor tiles. Instead, look for green cleaning products that contain more natural ingredients. When choosing a cleaner, always make sure that it's compatible with the type of tile you have.
  • Don't use steel wool or any abrasive on your tile floors, as they can dull or scratch the floor. Treat glazed tiles as you would a mirror.
  • Glazed tile floors should be swept or vacuumed regularly.
  • If the grout between floor tiles becomes stained, try a grout stain to get the grout back to near its original color.
  • Avoid waxing your tile flooring.
  • Be sure to immediately wipe up spills to avoid staining the grout between floor tiles. If needed, clean the spot with the manufacturer's recommended cleaner and a clean, dry cloth.

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