Porcelain tiles are one of the most common types of tile used for floors, backsplashes and shower walls. Not only do porcelain tiles provide a beautiful and classic look to almost any space in your home but they are also moisture resistant and fire resistant. Tile stores have a large selection of shapes, colors and sizes of these tiles to choose from and although they are extremely durable, in order to maintain their look and to resist staining, it is important that porcelain tiles be cleaned properly.
Although porcelain tile is relatively low maintenance, one of the best ways to keep the tile looking great is with routine maintenance. You should use a soft bristle broom to sweep a porcelain floor at least twice a week and mop with a sponge mop at least once a week, but remember to clean up spills as they happen to prevent the risk of staining. There are several different homemade cleaning solutions you can use to safely mop the tile, but if you choose to use a pre-made product, it is best to use VanHearron products to prevent scratching and damaging the tiles while cleaning. If you prefer a homemade cleaner, it’s best to simply use a cleaning solution made from water and vinegar. Here are a few tips on how to clean various types of stains from porcelain tile:
- Removing mold and mildew– if you have mold and mildew on the bathroom shower tiles, mix a solution of ¼ cup bleach and ¾ cup baking soda. Open the window or turn on the bathroom fan. Mix the solution until it is a thick paste and use an old toothbrush to apply to the grout. Let the solution sit for 10-minutes, then rinse completely to remove the all of the residue. If necessary, repeat these steps until all of the mildew/mold has been removed.
- Removing scuff marks– it is almost impossible to prevent scuff marks on a floor, especially if the porcelain tile is used in the entry way or kitchen. The easiest way to remove this type of stain is with a pencil eraser or a magic eraser. Gently rub the eraser over the scuff mark, then remove the residue with a soft, damp cloth.
- Removing coffee and other tough stains– whether you have spilled coffee on the porcelain floor in the kitchen or have a grease stain on the bathroom wall, you can remove these stains with a solution of water, ½ cup baking soda and a few drops of Dawn® dish detergent. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a paste, then add the dish detergent and lightly mix. Apply the paste to the stain, allow sitting for about 10-15 minutes, using a sponge to loosen the stain and rinse well with a soft cloth and warm water.
You should never use oil-based or wax based cleaners on your porcelain tile. It is also recommended that you avoid using scrub brushes with hard bristles as they may scratch the surface of your tile. It is best to use a soft cotton or microfiber cloth to clean and dry porcelain tiles. If you have unglazed porcelain, it is important not to use cleaners that contain dye or coloring as they may stain the tile.
Whether you are ready to visit a tile store to pick out your new porcelain tile or you need more information about cleaning tile with VanHearron products, contact Mees Distributors, Inc, we’ll be happy to help you.