The Do’s and Don’ts of Tile Care

Tile & Stone Care and Maintenance

Upkeep will keep your floors, walls, and countertops looking as vibrant as they did on the day you had them installed. Here’s some helpful tips to keep in mind when cleaning and caring for your ceramic tile:


  • Sweep or vacuum your tile floors prior regularly. This will remove any dust or debris that could get ground in
  • Test any scouring powders and sealants on a small area of tile prior to full application - these could damage your floors
  • Use a sealant on grout joints shortly after installation and only use products compatible with cleaning grout joints
  • Rinse the entire floor with clear water after cleaning to remove any residue from the cleaning solution
  • Have any damaged or broken tiles removed and replaced only by a certified tile professional


  • Don't use cleaners containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance, as these will damage your tile
  • Don't use wax-based cleaners, oil-based detergents or sealants to maintain your tile (sealants should only be used on grout joints)
  • Don't use harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal
  • Don't use a cleaning agent that contains color (unglazed tile only)

Caring For Tile After Installation

Different types of tile (glazed, unglazed, stone, glass and soft clay) may require different cleaning agents - be sure to consult your manufacturer recommendations before purchasing any cleaning products for your tile.

Regularly clean your glazed tile products with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household or commercial cleaner. Be sure that it is also grout-joint-cleaning-compatible. Multipurpose spray cleaners that are designed for everyday use will remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew, and they can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers.

To clean unglazed tile, use a concentrated tile cleaner with a neutral pH for safe, regular use. These are better able to removing grease, oils and normal spills, though they may vary depending on the application, use and amount of traffic on the floors. For routine cleaning of glass tile, use a non-abrasive cleaning compound that is manufacturer-recommended for use on glass or tile.

Once-a-Week Mopping

Damp-mop your ceramic floor at least once each week - you should do so more frequently for rooms that get heavy foot traffic. Wait at least 72 hours after your floors are installed before mopping or cleaning to allow enough time for new tile and grout to dry adequately. This will decrease the amount of wear and abrasion your floors get as a result of grit and soil.

Tile Cleaner

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Floor Mats Protect Your Floors

Place high-quality floor mats at all entrances and exits to reduce tile wear. They collect and trap all the damaging substances that get tracked in from outdoors, including dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Also use mats in areas of constant pressure, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks and stoves.

Place Protective Pads On Furniture Legs

Attach protective pads of felt or a similar material to all of your furniture legs, including outdoor metal furniture that rests on tile floors or patios, as it may rust and cause staining.