Porcelain tile is one of the most popular flooring choices today because it comes in so many styles and colors along with extreme durability and easy maintenance. Once in a while, though, there will be some problems with a haze or cloudiness after cleaning. The challenge is figuring out why the normal cleaning routines aren’t working. Here are 4 of the most common reasons why:
- Sometimes a floor needs to be rinsed better. If the loose dirt was not swept before mopping, a thin film of leftover dirt often will appear after the floor dries. Try rinsing with clear water and buffing dry with a clean cloth.
- Grout hazing is the result of incomplete cleaning after installation/grouting. Since there are many types of grout with different chemical components, the manufacturer’s instructions and suggested products should be used for satisfactory results.
- The popular homemade vinegar solution will cause some grouts to soften and spread across the tiles, even after it has dried. Again, the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed.
- Occasionally, a cloudiness or haze is the result of improper procedures during sealing. If the tile was not cleaned properly before sealing, any residue will become trapped in the sealant. This residue can be a lot of things; dust from cutting tiles, protective coatings for shipping purposes, grout haze, even footprints. Once you cover the residue with sealer, it is not going to come off until the sealant does. Many porcelain tiles do not need sealing, but grouts might.
The best way to care for your porcelain tile is the way the manufacturer recommends. When you come into Éco Dépôt Céramique to look at porcelain tile flooring, discuss the maintenance and installation procedures with the experts there. You can avoid hazy tile by knowing why it happens and taking steps to prevent it.