How To Protect Your New Residential Tile Floor

How to look after your floor tilesTiled flooring can last for decades with the right care. Sometimes, it’s not so much what you do, it’s what you don’t do to your tiled floor. Here are a few dos and don’ts that will certainly extend your flooring’s life.

What you should be doing to your tiled flooring:

  • If you have natural stone tiles that have been sealed, then take the time to reseal them on a regular basis. For trafficked areas, this should be annually. Sealing maintains the waterproofing of your tiles and helps to protect them from dust and stains.
  • Wipe spills immediately. If spills are allowed to stand, they may damage tiles, particularly if you have a stone floor and the spill is acidic.
  • Use neutral cleaners and a clean mop, sponge, or soft cloth. For a streak-free finish, use a dry mop to finish off.
  • Use trays, mats or rugs under pot plants, furniture and ornaments. This prevents staining, scratching and possible water marks (from pot plants).
  • Dust mop tile floors regularly to keep them free from dust and debris. Although very fine, even dust under foot can leave tiny scratches in your tiles. These scratches may let in water and become unsightly over time.

What you should not be doing to your tiled flooring

  • Never use acidic cleaners such as vinegar clean natural stone tiles. Natural stone is sensitive to acids and may etch into the tile.
  • Never leave water to sit for long periods of time unless your tile is specifically designed for use around water – for example, porcelain tiles around swimming pools.
  • Never use steel wool or abrasive cleaners – they will scratch your tiles.

Follow those simple suggestions and your floor tiles will last for a very long time. Porcelain and ceramic tiles will take more punishment compared to natural stone and are strongly recommended for heavy traffic areas, or where children and pets are involved.