Ceramic tile is one of the most durable and maintenance-friendly surfaces you
can choose for your walls and floors. With proper care it will retain its original
beauty and luster for many years. Generally, all that is necessary to keep your
tile looking as good as new is a quick wipe with a damp cloth or mop. Heavier
cleaning may be needed periodically to refresh your tile, or to clean tile that
has been neglected for a long period of time. No special or unusual treatment
is ever required, and it never needs to be waxed or polished. To protect the
long life of your tile, just follow these simple suggestions.
Glazed tile walls in your home will easily keep their lovely look with simple
care. Just wipe regularly with a damp cloth or sponge using non-abrasive household
cleaners. Do not use abrasive cleaners as they will cause scratching
to shiny tile surfaces.
For glazed tile floors, vacuum regularly to
remove dirt and gritty particles. Follow with a mop or sponge dampened with
warm water. Porcelain tile can be most successfully cleaned by scrubbing with
hot water and a mild detergent and rinsed.
Tile surfaces in your bathroom may require a more thorough routine cleaning because
of a build-up of soap scum, body oils or hard-water stains. Use a clean, damp
cloth or sponge with an all-purpose cleaner, but allow it to stand for about
five minutes before rinsing and drying. Clean your shower regularly, dry with
a towel after each use and leave the curtain or door open between showers.
: Grease, standing water and detergent build-up (especially oil-based
detergents) make tile excessively slippery.
For high traffic areas or when tile has been neglected for a long time, intensive
cleaning may be required. Glazed wall tile should be cleaned with a non-metallic
pad, warm water and a scouring powder. Care should be exercised to not use cleaners
that contain colored dyes or bleach, as they may alter the appearance of the
Tips & Warnings:
- Do not combine ammonia and household bleaches.
- Do not use harsh cleaning agents (steel wool pads, etc.) which can scratch
or damage the surface of your tile.
- Do test scouring powders in a small area before using on tile.
- Do read and follow label directions for all cleaners.
- Do keep these instructions and refer to them when necessary.
Glass Tile Cleaning
For daily cleaning, use room temperature water or a normal neutral detergent
and a soft lint free cloth. Do not use wax, oils, hydrofluoric acid and phosphoric
acid (nor orthophosphoric acid).
For warranty information, visit the following website(s):
American Olean: www.aotile.com
Dal Tile: www.daltile.com
Florida Tile: www.floridatile.com