You want to preserve your home’s craftsmanship for years to come, right? With how high inflation is nowadays, you want to invest in products and services that will stand the test of time and still look beautiful. In order to preserve your home’s unique tile, you will want to clean any tile surfaces with the proper products while using the appropriate techniques. Tile material ranges from ceramic to natural stone, so you want to ensure that you are preserving that tile’s beauty with little to no damage.

If you are unsure of your options and want to go straight to the source, reach out to our Cape Artisan Tile team! We are extremely experienced when it comes to all things tile, so dial (781) 620-7943 and we would love to give you our expertise. Now, let’s discuss specific materials and their maintenance requirements. 

Ceramic Tiles

Typically, ceramic is installed in high-traffic, high-moisture areas because they are extremely easy to clean, and not to mention, durable. Ceramic is non-porous, allowing simple cleaning methods to work like a charm! Ceramic tile is glossy, meaning that chemical cleaners leave residues, streaks, and grime, so turn to gentle cleaners, like dish soap, instead! When scrubbing your tiles, make sure to use a soft cloth or such to clean the cleaner so that you do not leave scratches on your beautiful tile. However, if you notice stains, you may need to take a tool with more abrasive texture to really get in there and clean. If you are unsure of what steps you should take to care for your ceramic tile, call a trusted installation team to get the answers you are looking for.

Porcelain Tiles

Similar to ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are beautiful and easy to maintain. However, compared to ceramic, porcelain is much more porous which means that dirt, grime, water, etc. will easily penetrate and stain your tile. To avoid staining, use a dry mop or broom to sweep all loose debris from the surface, ensuring that nothing is stuck within the tile itself. After, use a mild or multi-purpose cleaner diluted with warm water and thoroughly clean the tile’s surface. Remember that because porcelain is porous, harsh chemicals will easily penetrate and destroy the tile from the inside out. Avoid cleaners that contain acids or ammonia as, again, the chemical will penetrate straight into the tile itself. Once the surface has been cleaned, you will want to go over every part with a dry, soft cloth. You want to ensure that all water is removed so that mold and bacteria do not grow. For tougher stains, look for a porcelain-specialized cleaner such as CLR Pro Calcium Lime & Rust Remover or Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate, both of which are widely available at most hardware stores. Keep your porcelain gorgeous now, and you will thank yourself later! 

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles can be a general term to describe a specific tile shape and layout. Typically, however, mosaic tiles are made out of glass, so let’s discuss the specific cleaning process for glass mosaic tiles. Because mosaic tiles are much smaller than typical tiles like subway, cleaning will require you to keep the grout in mind. You want to avoid very harsh chemicals for the sake of the grout, as harsh chemicals could easily break down and damage the surrounding grout. Instead, use a damp cloth soaked in mild detergent and warm water, and dry the tile and grout with a dry, soft cloth. If you notice a stubborn spot, we recommend doing a little patch test on a hidden part of the tile with a stronger cleaning solution. By doing a little spot test, you can be reassured that your beautiful tile (and grout) will not be damaged. If you keep up with your mosaic tile, you can ensure the beauty and longevity of the tile for years to come. 

Glass Tiles

Because the top layer of glass tile is, obviously, glass, the maintenance to ensure their longevity is a little more specialized than others. Glass is relatively delicate, so improper care will easily lead to cracks, scratches, and stains. If you use harsh chemicals to clean the glass surface, you will witness the discoloration caused by said harsh chemicals and you may notice residues lingering on the surface. No one wants to undo all the beautiful work done to their home, so we recommend that you use gentle cleaners that will leave the surface more brilliant than before. Examples of gentle cleaners are white vinegar or baking soda mixed with warm water. We urge you to use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the surface, as it will lead to less damage. To get the most shine and use out of your glass tiles, ensure that every tile is completely dry using a soft, microfiber cloth to really buff them. Take good care of your glass, and you will enjoy it for years to come!

Natural Stone Tiles

When cleaning natural stone material, you cannot simply wipe everything off with a cloth. While it may seem daunting to keep up with that maintenance, rest assured that natural stone just requires some T.L.C., and it will outlive your expectations! Initially, you should sweep the entire area to remove dirt, grime, and trash. Once the stone has been sweeped, use a solution of dish soap and warm water. The amount of dish soap will vary, but a good way to assess the solution is to take note of how many times you need to rinse the area to get all the soap out. We recommend starting out with about a couple tablespoons of dish soap mixed into a bucket of clean, warm water. As mentioned, you want to remove the solution once the stone has been cleaned, and the best way is to fill your mop bucket with very warm or hot water. You’ll want to continue to rinse the area with a new bucket, and mop until your mop water is clear. If you notice any stains on your natural stone tile, we recommend getting a natural stone cleaner to attack the problem without damage to the beautiful tile. With the right tools, natural tile maintenance is easy and worthwhile. 

Marble Tiles

Similar to natural stone materials, marble will outlive most scratches, stains, potential cracks, and damage. Due to marble’s high scratch resistance, the cleaning process will look a little different than other materials. The best way to ensure your marble’s longevity is to perform regular deep-cleanings that stop any potential damage before it begins. To start, clean off the surface with either a broom, dry mop, or soft cloth. By removing all the dirt and grime, you will better visualize what areas need to be deep-cleaned. After, mix a bucket of warm water and a milk cleaner, like dish soap, and use a cloth or mop to clean the entire marble surface. Once the solution has been applied, thoroughly dry the entire surface with a microfiber or very soft cloth. If you notice staining that the mild soap is not solving, look for a stone cleaner available at most hardware stores. Keep these steps in mind when cleaning your marble, and you can be sure that your tile will shine for years to come!

Tile Care

There is a plethora of tile variety, including size, shape, layout, and material. Due to the large amount of options, you, as a homeowner, need to be made aware of what maintenance is required for whatever tile decision you make. Tile is so popular because of its durability and beauty, but all of that means nothing if the material is not properly maintained. By understanding how the aforementioned tiles need to be cleaned, you will make the best decision for your specific home situation. But, you do not need to make this decision on your own; at Cape Artisan Tile, we will work with you to determine what tile would be best for your home environment by performing a free in-home consultation. We are very proud of our craftsmanship, and we want you to have the tools to maintain and preserve our work, so please give us a call and let us know how we can better help you with your home’s tile. Our number is (781) 620-7943, but feel free to contact us via our website! Do not hesitate to get started with a free quote, just give us a call!