Tile and grout are commonly used in conventional and unique areas of the home. Tile is an ideal choice due to the durability, easy maintenance, and versatility in texture, colors, and styles. However, what many people do not realize, that though there are similarities, there are also differences when cleaning natural stone tile. However, what many people do not realize, that though there are similarities, there are also differences when cleaning man-made tile versus natural stone tile. To help you avoid potential damage, we at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to discuss the maintenance for manmade versus natural stone tile.
Appearance of Tile
Depending on the type of natural stone, no two pieces are identical, making the floor patterns unique with the low to high variations in the veining, shading, and colors. The top common choices are travertine, marble, limestone, granite, slate, and quartzite. With ceramic and porcelain man-made tile, those that prefer the more uniformed style choices can get a customized look.
Tile & Grout Maintenance
One of the major differences between maintenance for natural and man-made tile is that sealants are heavily recommended. Natural stone tile should be sealed at the time of installation, though installers are not always diligent. The sealants eventually deplete, and they will need a fresh coat through the passage of time and normal wear, however. Generally, sealants will need to be reapplied every 6-12 months, depending on the foot traffic, care, and cleaning practices. The tile and grout will have resistance to absorbing moisture, soil, and other contaminates with sealants. The tile and grout will quickly look dingy and dull caused by the assortment of debris without the sealers. You can perform an easy test if you are unsure if your tile was sealed, or if the coat has dissipated. Place a few drops of water in various areas of the tile and grout. If the water absorbs into tile/grout in under a minute, you need a fresh application of sealer, if the water beads up, the sealer is n tact. The tile and grout should get a deep cleaning, otherwise it will get trapped under the sealer, before a fresh sealer is applied. Invest in a professional deep tile/grout cleaning, followed by a professional sealant application to maximize the overall results. Before applying the sealant, ensure it is dry if you decide to do it yourself the floor.
Best Tile Cleaners
Specific to your natural stone, you can find cleaners designed for it. Because they are formulated to be gentle enough to not cause any damage to the and grout as well as not to dissolve the sealants, but tough enough to remove the spots and dirt, we recommend using the generally natural stone cleaner for both natural stone and mad-made tile
Note: Avoid using vinegar, providing you prefer DIY cleaning concoctions. It will corrode the sealers and polish from polished stones and cause potential damage to the grout and tile since it is an acidic substance. Sweep up the debris daily, or as often as possible, and mop at least once a week with an effective cleaner to clean your tile and grout in between professional cleanings.
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Call the experts of Carpet Dry-Tech and let our elite specialists treat your tile and grout to optimize the level of clean when your tile and grout is due for a deep clean and/or sealer.