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Handy Guide to Easy Tile Care



Type of Tile/Usage Routine Cleaning Heavy Duty Cleaning
Glazed walls/countertops Wipe with damp cloth or sponge using all-purpose cleaner. Use window cleaner for glossy surfaces. Wipe dry with cloth. Clean with scouring powder, commercial tile cleaner, or all-purpose cleaner using non-metallic scouring pad or very fine grade stainless steel pad. Rinse and wipe dry.
Glazed tile floors Vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles. Damp mop using solution of water and "soapless detergent. Use a commercial tile cleaner or a strong solution of water and "soapless" detergent. If stained, use scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes, brush and scrub. Rinse and dry. For large areas and for areas that are difficult to clean, a power scrubber is recommended.
Glazed Tile Showers Use all-purpose or bathroom cleaner. Allow to stand for five minutes rinse and dry. May also use a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar or a commercial tile cleaner. Use chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide1. For stubborn stains, use scouring powder containing a bleaching agent. Let stand four to six minutes, then scrub and rinse thoroughly. To remove mildew, use a commercial tile cleaner, chlorine bleach or ammonia(1). DO NOT MIX.
Unglazed tile walls Sponge with a diluted solution of water and "soapless" detergent. Use scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes, then scour with brush. Rinse and wipe dry.
Unglazed tile floors Vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles. Damp mop or sponge with water and/or a diluted solution of water and "soapless" detergent. Use scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes, then scour with brush. Rinse and wipe dry. A small brush is suitable for small floors; consider a scrubbing machine for larger areas.
Natural Porcelain or Semi-Polished Porcelain* Vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles. Damp mop using a solution of water and "soapless detergent", rinse and then wipe dry. Use scouring powder paste. Let stand for five minutes, then scour with brush. Rinse and wipe dry. A small brush is suitable for small floors; consider a scrubbing machine for larger areas.
Commercial Applications For smaller commercial areas, vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles. Using a "soapless detergent", scrub with an inexpensive nylon brush (such as a "Doodle Bug"). Follow by using a dry/wet vac to remove water and soap residue. Note: After initial cleaning, replace nylon brush. Replace thereafter as it becomes worn. A clean scrubber makes for a clean floor. For large commercial settings, consider the use of a commercial floor scrubbing machine.

* With colored grout, test a small inconspicuous area first or follow grout manufacturer's instructions.