Benefits of Tile:
Easy to clean
Different types of ceramic tile collectively make up the ceramic tile family and all share ceramic tile’s easy-cleaning benefits. Each of the tile subsets is produced slightly differently and may consequently have additional advantages that lend themselves to specific applications.
Whether you choose “Ceramic tile” (non-porcelain ceramic tile surfaces, such as quarry tile, regular ceramic tile, pressed floor tile, and wall tile) or “porcelain tile” (porcelain tile surfaces), all offer aesthetic and functional advantages over many non-ceramic surface options (laminate, hardwood, carpet and plastic based product such as vinyl tile) including water, stain, and scratch resistance.
Pair these benefits with easy maintenance and you have an ideal surface choice from floor to ceiling, inside and out, with options appropriate for different levels of use (residential to heavy industrial).
Step one in caring for your ceramic tile is to simply sweep away dirt and debris that may be tracked in by our feet (or paws) each day. If you are using throw rugs, it’s a good idea to clean throw rugs regularly, whether in the washing machine or by shaking them thoroughly outside. Likewise, for your ceramic tile countertops, be sure to brush off any crumbs or other debris from the counter, just as you would the floor.
From there, clear, clean water is often all that’s needed to clean your tile. If you find you must use something stronger, turn to a neutral cleaner made specifically for grout or tile, or a mildly alkaline detergent (i.e., Mr. Clean, Spic and Span).
Always rinse with clean, clear water after cleaning to remove any residue. Any residual cleaner, soap, or detergent must be removed to prevent it from leaving the tile dull and susceptible to more rapid soiling.
Stay away from using harsh cleaners on a regular basis. The effect of using cleaners with a high pH (bleach – alkaline) or low pH (vinegar – acidic) over and over is that they may break down some sealers which are there to help prevent soap scum, oils, and dirt from penetrating into the grout.
Nylon or plastic scrubbers are handy and generally won’t scratch. These are great tools for helping care for your tile and grout.