Top Tips on Caring for Your Cement Tile

September 7, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Beautiful, versatile and durable cement tiles are a popular choice across America today. A major part of that popularity is because they don’t just come in vibrant colors, funky patterns and cool neutrals—they’re also built to last. With proper care, your cement tile can last over 100 years!

Regular maintenance is the key to making sure your cement tile remains as vivid and beautiful as the day you installed it. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best cement tile tips in Brooklyn, NY below.

Everyday Maintenance

To help your tiles retain their luster, sweep dust, hair and debris several times per week—but the most important advice we can give you is to clean up any spills immediately. Cement tiles are sealed, but they’re still porous enough that any spill left to sit is in danger of staining the tile. (For more information on deep cleaning, see the next section.)

You can also mop your cement tiles with water and a neutral cleaning solution weekly or monthly to remove any additional dirt buildup that sweeping didn’t eradicate. Never use acidic cleaners, as they can eat away at the sealant and destroy the finish. Adding doormats and area rugs in high-traffic areas can also help cut down on everyday wear and tear.

Deep Cleaning

As we mentioned before, cleaning up spills immediately is the best way to prevent stains from sinking deep into your cement tile. If it’s too late, here are a few common stain solutions:

  • Food, water, mold, mildew and fluids: Use a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baby powder, apply to the stain and allow the paste to absorb the stain. Finish by scrubbing with fine, 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper and water.
  • Residue in grout or mortar: First, see if you can remove the residue with clean water and a brush. If that doesn’t work, 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper and water should do the trick.
  • Rust and other metal or inorganic stains: Use the same hydrogen peroxide and baby powder paste mentioned. If that doesn’t work, you can try oxalic acid, which binds to metal ions and allows it to remove rust stains—but it may require you to reseal the concrete afterwards.
  • Oil stains: A regular household cleaner or mineral spirits should help remove any oil stains.

Regular Resealing

Finally, concrete tiles require resealing every two to three years, which may impact your decision to use them in your home. There are two different kinds of sealants: ones that will penetrate the cement and make it more stain resistant, and topical sealers to keep stains from touching the cement. If you’re not sure which kind to use, ask our team!

For more cement tile tips in Brooklyn, NY and for any other supply needs, visit Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. Our family-owned business loves helping other local families build the homes of their dreams. To find out more about what we have in stock and to schedule a consultation to discuss your project, give our team a call.

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