Wipe or mop glazed tiles periodically using a clean, dampened cloth or sponge and an all-purpose household cleaner that is not oil-based and has low VOC.
Use a mild, soapless detergent with neutral pH for cleaning unglazed tiles.
Tiled surfaces in your bathroom may require a more thorough routine cleaning because of a build-up of soap scum, body oils or hard-water stains. Use a clean, damp cloth, or sponge with a neutral pH cleaner, allowing it to stand about five minutes before rinsing and drying. Specialty bathroom cleaners may also be used (always test first). Clean shower regularly with the appropriate tile and stone cleaner. Dry with a clean towel after each use and leave curtain or door open between showers to allow for maximum ventilation and moisture escape.
Routine grout cleaning can be done with an all-purpose household cleaner that is non-oil-based and has low VOC. For deep cleaning of grout, use a concentrated tile & grout cleaner. Look for a cleaner that has non-polluting chemicals and low VOC levels. The cleaner should be capable of removing grease, soap scum, mildew and body oils. Always read and follow the instructions on the product label and test a small, inconspicuous area of tile first. Rinse area with water and then pat dry with a clean towel to remove any residue. Do not use acidic solutions/cleaners as part of a regular maintenance routine.
After tile installation, grout residue can form a white haze like film on the surface of the tile. This can be buffed off the surface using a clean cloth once the grout has finished curing (after 24 hours). Grout haze can also be removed with plain water or a grout haze remover, which usually contains Sulfamic acid. Sulfamic acid can also be purchased in powder form and mixed with water to different strengths by qualified professionals. Rinse area with clear water and wipe dry with a clean towel or sponge.
~ Wipe up any spills as soon as possible, using a clean damp cloth.
~ Sweep or vacuum floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and gritty particles.
~ Do not use cleaning wax, oil based cleaners, ammonia, scouring pads, steel wool pads, or any products containing acid or bleach as part of routine maintenance.
~ Use felt or rubber protective pads under furniture to prevent scratching.
~ Use floor mats in high traffic areas that are susceptible to moisture and/or dirt (i.e. near entrance/exit ways).
**Information above was taken from two of our tile manufacturers websites, American Olean and Anatolia
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