Porcelain tile has long been one of the most popular flooring options for homeowners (especially in kitchens and bathrooms) for a variety of reasons. It is highly attractive due to its wide range of options for finishes and hues, and it is extremely resistant to staining and moisture. While porcelain can start to dull with long-term use, regular cleaning will help you keep it looking great for years.
A good general rule is to clean porcelain tile once or twice a week to keep it in the best shape and looking its best. The methods you use for cleaning depend on whether you have unpolished or polished porcelain tile in Brooklyn, NY.
Cleaning unpolished tile
Here are the steps you should take to clean unpolished porcelain tiles:
- Vacuum and sweep the floors to remove loose dirt and dust.
- Saturate the surface of the tiles in two or four square foot sections with a mixture of vinegar and water or a commercial tile floor cleaner.
- Let the solution soak into the tile for approximately five to 10 minutes, but not to the point where it dries.
- After soaking for a reasonable amount of time, scrub any areas that look stained or blemished with a soft-bristle brush.
- Wipe away the dirty solution and then rinse the area with hot water.
- Use a clean towel or microfiber cloth to dry off the area you just finished cleaning.
Cleaning polished tile
Here are the steps you should take to clean porcelain tile that has been polished or glazed:
- Sweep and vacuum up loose dirt and debris on the floor, and then use a dry dust mop over the top of the surface.
- Use a mop that’s been dampened in hot water on the surface of the floor, but without allowing moisture to accumulate in pools or puddles.
- If necessary, loosen some of the more heavily soiled areas with a soft nylon-bristle brush or old toothbrush.
- If you have stains in any of the tiles, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water, or a commercial cleaner diluted with water (should be a 50/50 mixture).
- Mop with your cleaning solution, and then again with hot water before the cleaning solution dries on the floor.
- Dry off the surface with a clean towel or microfiber cloth when complete, rubbing out any water spots that may have stayed on the surface after cleaning.
- Buff the porcelain tile once it’s completely dry so it shines, using a piece of cheesecloth.
This should give you a general idea of how to clean porcelain tile in Brooklyn, NY. Be sure you never use any products containing bleach, ammonia or any other acid-based cleaners, as they could affect the color of the tile or grout. You should avoid using wax- or oil-based cleaners or detergents, and never use steel wool to clean porcelain tile, as small particles of the steel could become embedded in the grout or tile.
Contact the team at Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. for more information about porcelain tile.
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