Basic Maintenance

Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. Mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil.

Glazed tile care

Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.

Unglazed tile care

Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level. Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.

What can I do to prevent damage?

  • Test scouring powders and sealants on a small area before cleaning the full area.
  • Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
  • After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
  • Have any damaged or broken tile removed and replaced only by a qualified tile contractor.

Floor mats and rugs

Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection to your tile floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce tile wear.

Do I need to maintain my grout?

Maintaining your tile or natural stone and grout is very important to the longevity and performance of your floor.  Deep cleaning and resealing your tile and grout will ensure the best protection against everyday wear.  To avoid replacing natural stone it can be restored by cleaning, honing or polishing.

To help you protect and maintain your floor, Maxwell Flooring will connect you with the best professional cleaning services available.

When it is time to update or replace your tile Maxwell Flooring will help you find the most efficient and reliable way to get the job done.