If you're looking to keep your glazed tile in top condition, it's important to clean it regularly. Routine cleaning should be done with an all-purpose cleaner designed for everyday use—this could be a low-VOC household cleaner or a commercial one. Make sure that whatever product you choose is also suitable for grout joint cleaning too.
When it comes to applying the cleaner, use a sponge, non-metallic brush, or cloth; then rinse and dry before moving on. Don't use harsh chemicals in your cleaners—these can damage the tile surface, while acids and ammonia can discolor your grout. In between liquid cleansers, dust mop, sweep, or vacuum the area off first.
Unglazed tiles should be regularly cleaned using a concentrated tile cleaner with a neutral pH to ensure safe and effective maintenance. These cleaning products are useful for removing grease, oils, and everyday spills on unglazed tiles. Selecting the right cleaner depends on the application, traffic of the area, and purpose of use; likewise, it must also be compatible with grouting materials.
Grout is vital for any tile installation, essentially serving as a filler between each one. It comes in many shades and hues, with color having little effect on its functionality apart from esthetics. Its purpose is to fill the space between tiles, securing them in place and creating a seamless look when done correctly. Once installed, grout will begin to darken over time; sealing your grout regularly will help preserve its original color, or you can stain it if you want to restore an aged look.
For those looking to return their grout to its original color or any other color, grout stains are the answer. These epoxy-based products provide a permanent solution by sealing the surface with a long-lasting color. Prior to staining, a thorough cleaning will be necessary in order to remove dirt, grease, oils, and sealers; for this task, professional-grade tile and grout cleaners can be used. With the use of stains, there's no need to seal the grout further afterward.
Cementitious grout installations require sealing to prevent marks or unwanted stains. A penetrating/impregnating sealer, free of silicone additives, is recommended for this type of grout. Applying a good quality sealer will also prevent water damage, facilitate the upkeep and avoid discoloration. Epoxy grouts are acid-resistant and do not need sealing. Meanwhile, sealing should only be applied to the grout itself – glazed tiles do not need it. Grouting can take place 72 hours after installation at the soonest.
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