Cleaning and care for your tile or stone flooring is a top priority to keeping the surface undamaged from normal wear and tear.
Damp Mop Weekly
Wipe down your ceramic floor with a damp mop at least once a week (or more often for heavy traffic areas) with R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner from Shaw’s line of Floor Covering Care Products. If R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner is not available, make certain that any cleanser you have chosen is compatible with grout cleaning, (neutral pH), and will not stain the grout.
Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew. Routine cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout or the surface of the stone or tile. Caution: Wait at least 72 hours after installation (to allow new ceramic tile and grout to dry) before damp mopping.
Use Protective Mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help protect your ceramic tile from premature wear. They trap the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove.
Add Protective Pads to Furniture Protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on it. Exterior metal furniture, which rests on tile floors or patios, may rust and cause staining.
Check Cure Time Before Adding Grout Sealer
Unless noted otherwise on its packaging, grout should cure for at least 28 days before applying a sealer.
More information on Tile and Stone care from WFCA is here.