So you have invested in Island Tile and Marble’s beautiful tile, and your home is the oasis you’ve been waiting for. Now it’s time to learn how to care for it and maintain its beauty for years to come. Tile flooring is a popular choice for homeowners because of its durability and style. While it is true that it can withstand far more than most flooring choices, proper care is still needed. It is essential to take steps to protect and maintain your tile floors to keep them looking their best. But don’t let this overwhelm you! Most of these tips are easy to start incorporating and don’t have to be done more than every few months or so. And, if you are interested in adding tile to your home, contact Island Tile and Marble or visit our website to see the beautiful collections we offer. Read on to learn more about taking care of your brand new tile!

#1: Regularly Sweep

First, it is essential to sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to remove dirt and debris. Dirt particles and sand can scratch at and wear down the glazed surfaces of your tile. Sweep or vacuum daily if you have a lot of foot traffic in your home. Ceramic tiles are more resistant to this type of wear; however, for proper care, this is an excellent habit that does not take too much time out of your day.

If you spill something on your tile floor, it is essential to clean it up immediately. Use a soft cloth or sponge to blot the spill, and then clean the area with a mild soap or cleaning solution. Allowing spills to sit or not thoroughly cleaning them with the proper cleaner can allow them to stain your tile or grout.

#2: Felt Pad Furniture

It is also essential to protect your tile floors from furniture. Place felt pads under furniture legs to avoid scratches. This is something that can be done once and never thought about again. These are also helpful in general for preventing your furniture from moving around as people move about the house. These can be found just about anywhere and are very affordable. Also, when moving furniture, lift it rather than dragging it across the floor.

#3: Seal Your Tile

In addition, you should have your tile floors cleaned and sealed every six months to a year to protect them from stains and dirt. This does not have to be done for ceramic tile but is meant for more porous, natural tile. First, ensure your tiles are swept and mopped; any stains or debris could be locked in with the sealant. The most common form of application is to wipe the sealer on and buff off the excess. However, you should do thorough research based on what type of sealant you use. Luckily, you will only have to do this every couple of years. You can either hire a professional to do this or do it yourself.

#4: Deep Clean

Deep clean your tiles every few months to ensure your mop is doing a good job. Frequently, grout tends to get dirty and stained. Utilizing a mild cleaner and scrubbing your grout by hand with a soft-bristle brush is the best way to remove these stains and get your grout looking brand new.

#5: Rugs and Doormats

Another way to protect your tile floors is to place rugs or doormats in high-traffic areas. This will help catch dirt and debris before they can scratch or stain the floor. Be sure to vacuum or shake out the rugs regularly. While we don’t want you covering those luxurious floors, having rugs in high-traffic areas is a great way to accent your tile and protect it.

#6: Make Necessary Repairs Immediately

If you notice any chips or cracks in your tile floors, it is essential to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. This will help prevent the problem from worsening and causing further damage. Ignoring these issues will only require replacing more tiles when the time comes.

#7: Seal Grout Lines

To help protect your tile floors, you should consider sealing the grout lines. This will create a barrier that will make it more difficult for dirt and stains to penetrate the surface. Sealing the grout lines is also relatively easy and can be done with a brush or roller. Sealing your grout is a great way to prevent dirt and stains; you will have to clean them deep less often.

#8: Do Not Use Abrasive Sponges or Scrubbers

You should avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubbers when cleaning your tile floors. These can damage the tile’s surface and cause it to become scratched or chipped. Examples of these include brushes with hard or rough bristles. Or wire bristle sponges are often used for pans and tough messes. This type of sponge can scratch your tile. Even if the mess is tricky, do not resort to these cleaners. Instead, use a soft cloth or sponge to avoid causing any damage.

#9: Mop–The Right Way

When mopping your tile floors, be sure to use the right solution. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals as they can damage the tile. Be sure to wring out the mop head before mopping as well. You don’t want to leave standing water on the tile surface as this can cause damage. It is also suggested not to use mops with sponge-like heads. These hold too much water, which, if left in your grout, can wear it down.

#10: Recaulk Regularly

It’s essential to check the caulking around the edges and baseboards. Over time, caulking can crack or peel away from the surface. When this happens, water can seep in and cause damage. Be sure to recaulk any areas that need it to protect your tile floors.

#11: Use PH-Neutral Cleaners and Mild Detergents

You should avoid using harsh chemicals as they can damage the tile. You should avoid using harsh chemicals as they can damage the tile. Examples of these included bleaches–which are too harsh on tile and often not necessary–colored cleaners–which can stain your tile and grout–and acidic cleaners–which are abrasive and can wear on the tile. Instead, opt for a mild soap or detergent. Instead, opt for a mild soap or detergent.

You can find tile-specific cleaners at most home improvement stores. You can also make your tile cleaner with a bit of vinegar and water. Just be sure to rinse the area well after cleaning with vinegar, so it doesn’t leave any streaks.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to keep your tile floors looking like new for years to come. With some care, your tile floors will stay beautiful for years to come. If you are interested in adding one of our attractive options to your home, contact Island Tile and Marble or visit our website to see all our collections!