With over 13 years of specializing in selling and
installing ceramic and porcelain tile, we have encountered most every
question imaginable. These are some of the most common questions
or misconceptions. If you have a different question, please don't
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Ceramic Tile - Q &
How hard is it to clean ceramic tile? Does it require a special cleaner?
Wiping or damp-mopping regularly with water and an all-purpose cleaner will keep
your ceramic wall and floor tile looking new. For heavy-duty cleaning of ceramic
floor tile, use a scouring powder plus a nylon scrubbing pad. For really
difficult stains, mop a scouring powder paste over the surface of the ceramic
tile and let it stand about five minutes. Scrub it with a brush, rinse, and wipe
dry. Ceramic wall tiles can simply be wiped clean. Avoid using steel wool pads
and harsh cleaning compounds so your ceramic tile will maintain its
luster.Wiping or damp-mopping regularly with water and an all-purpose cleaner
will keep your ceramic wall and floor tile looking new. For heavy-duty cleaning
of ceramic floor tile, use a scouring powder plus a nylon scrubbing pad. For
really difficult stains, mop a scouring powder paste over the surface of the
ceramic tile and let it stand about five minutes. Scrub it with a brush, rinse,
and wipe dry. Ceramic wall tiles can simply be wiped clean. Avoid using steel
wool pads and harsh cleaning compounds so your ceramic tile will maintain its
What is the difference between glazed and unglazed tiles?
Glazed tiles are coated with a liquid
glass which is then baked into the surface of the clay. The glaze provides an
unlimited array of colors and designs, and will not stain or fade. Unglazed
tiles are essentially the same as glazed tile, except that their surface is not
coated. Unglazed tiles do not show wear because their color extends throughout
the tile, making them ideal for heavy traffic.
Isn't ceramic tile slippery?
Tile is about as slippery as vinyl
or wood. Naturally, if the floor gets wet, any of these hard surfaced materials
will become slippery. There are many tiles that have slip-resistant surfaces,
but the more abrasive the surface is, the more difficult it will be to maintain.
You might consider using a mat in wet areas.
Are ceramic tiles resistant to oils and acids?
Glazes are highly resistant. The combination of hardness and low-moisture
absorption rate make ceramic floor tile impervious to virtually all acids
(except hydrofluoric), alkalines, oils, and other caustic and corrosive
Is tile appropriate for a
Yes, tile is actually recommended for a kitchen. Its resistance to
heat and moisture, durability, and ease of maintenance make it perfect for the
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Can tile raise the value of my home?
Yes. The National
Association of Home Builders has found that the quality and style of the kitchen
significantly impacts the value of a home. With little effort tile greatly
enhances the appearance and practicality of the kitchen.
Can tile make a
small room look larger?
Yes, larger tiles give a cleaner look and can
actually make a small area look larger. Depending on the room's size, a 12 inch
or 13 inch tile will create the illusion of a larger room.
Can tile be used
on counter tops?
Tile is guaranteed not to scorch, burn, or melt if a hot
skillet or pan accidentally sits on its surface. This makes tile a great
alternative for countertops.
Will tile fade over time if exposed to direct
No. A tile's color and glaze are fired on at temperatures up to
2300 deg. F. This allows tile to be installed in sunrooms, outdoors, or any
other sunny places without concern about fading.
What determines the grout
You want to use a complementary grout color to create a more uniform,
blended look. Contrasting grout colors tend to highlight each tile, creating a
more dramatic grid effect. Ultimately, an individual's taste and style will
determine the grout color selected.
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Will grout stain or get dirty easily?
No. Grout will look as good as new for years if a penetrating type sealer is
used after installation and spills are cleaned up quickly.
Is there any
on-going maintenance with tile?
No. All that is necessary is damp mopping or
sponging with a mild cleaner, if the tile is properly installed.
Can tile be
installed in the bedroom?
Yes. Tile is becoming a more popular choice for
bedrooms. Tile offers natural comfort and easy maintenance. In addition, tile
provides a tasteful, stylish feel to any bedroom.
Is a tiled floor cold to
Routine Care for
No. This is a common misconception. The temperature of the room
determines the tile's temperature. If the room is cold the tile will be cold, if
the room is warm the tile will be warm.
Glazed-tile walls in your home will
easily keep their lovely look with simple routine care. Just wipe regularly with
a damp cloth or sponge, using a non-abrasive household cleaner. A window cleaner
such as Windex is ideal for cleaning glossy tile surfaces. For
glazed-tile floors, vacuum regularly to remove dirt and gritty particles. Follow
with a mop or sponge dampened with an approved household cleaner. Tiled surfaces
in your bathroom (tub, shower, vanity tops, etc.) may require more thorough
routine cleaning because of build-up of soap scum, body oils, or hard-water
stains. Use the usual "clean, damp cloth or sponge" with an all-purpose cleaner,
but allow it to stand for about five minutes before rinsing and drying. (You may
also use a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar) Here's a hint on
how to keep shower walls mildew-free: clean regularly with tile cleaner or
fungicide such as Lysol or ammonia. Dry with a towel after each use and leave
curtain or door open between showers.
For high traffic areas or when tile
has been neglected for a long time, heavy-duty cleaning may be required. Glazed
walls and countertops should be cleaned with a scouring powder, commercial tile
cleaner or all-purpose cleaner applied with non-metallic or very fine stainless
steel pad. Rinse and wipe dry. To clean badly soiled countertops, cover with a
solution of scouring powder and very hot water. Let stand for about five
minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse thoroughly. If stain remains,
apply bleach and let stand. Rinse well with clean water and dry after all
cleaning. For glazed floors, use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong
solution of all-purpose cleaner of scouring powder paste. Let stand five
minutes, brush and scrub. Then rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Use chlorine
bleach or hydrogen peroxide for stained shower surfaces. If badly stained, it's
best to try a scouring powder containing a bleaching agent, such as Ajax or
Comet. Let stand for four to six hours before scrubbing and rinsing thoroughly.
Remember, prompt clean-up of spills and regular cleaning will keep your ceramic
tile surfaces looking their best.
DO's and DON'Ts of
Ceramic Tile Care
Do not combine ammonia and household
bleaches. Do not use harsh cleaning agents (such as steel wool pads) which can
scratch or damage the surface of your tile. Do test scouring pads in a small
area first. Do use a silicone sealer on grout joints if continuous staining is a
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