May 4, 2020

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Guide for cleaning ceramic tiles

With good planning and using the right products, cleaning ceramic tiles, especially in areas like the kitchen where the most dirt accumulates, will be quick and easy.

 

We must clean our homes to keep them free of dirt and, consequently, avoid possible illnesses as a result of a lack of hygiene. Although every house needs to be treated differently depending on everyday use, it is recommended to clean all rooms at least once a week. Weekly maintenance will ensure that all surfaces are clean and free of bacteria, including ceramic tiles. Sometimes, these tiles require specific care to prevent their enamel layer from deteriorating prematurely due to cleaning with abrasive products.

Polished, enamelled, textured, glossy porcelain… all ceramic tiles require different cleaning care depending on their finishes. Below, PORCELANOSA Group offer nine practical tips for cleaning them:

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1. Dust thoroughly

The best way to make ceramic tiles like new again is to remove the accumulated layer of dust on the surface. Do this using a dry microfibre cloth to avoid scratching the tile. Also be sure to clean the joins between the tiles, an area often forgotten during the weekly clean and where the most dust often accumulates.

2. Localised stain removal

Sometimes tiles can become stained, especially in spaces more exposed to dirt such as the kitchen where residue is more likely to remain. To remove stains without scratching the enamel, use a soft nylon brush dipped in warm water. With circular movements, rub the stains until they disappear.

3. Procedure for cleaning glossy tiles

Gloss finishes are a perfect option for giving rooms sophistication and luminosity. But how should they be cleaned so that they do not lose this characteristic shine? You can use the following natural solution: A quarter cup of white vinegar diluted in 7 litres of water. With a soft cloth, allow the solution to work on the tile for 5 minutes. Then remove it using a clean cloth.

4. Dampen tiles with non-abrasive cleaning products

For deep a cleaning, you can do this once a month to make your ceramic tiles look like new. Apply the non-abrasive cleaning liquid to the enamelled or polished tiles and, before it dries completely, dampen a cloth with hot water and rub over the surface. Avoid using liquids such as bleach or calcium carbonate.

5. Drying and final polishing

To ensure that the ceramic tile is impeccable, make sure there are no drops remaining on the surface, as they could stain the surface once dry. For better results, dry all ceramic tiles completely with a clean microfibre cloth. 

6. Urbatek’s cleaning secret

  1. The advantage of Urbatek’s technical porcelain is that it is highly resistant to chemical products, abrasion and stains. This makes it a perfect material for high transit public spaces, allowing them to be kept in perfect condition over time. However, it is important to detect the stains and remove them as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to prevent them from penetrating the porous surface layer. Here you will find tips for maintaining Urbatek porcelain.

7. Ceramic wood care 

  1. Maintaining the ceramic wood collections Starwood and PAR-KER from PORCELANOSA Group is very simple. Regular cleaning with detergent diluted in water will be enough to keep them in perfect condition thanks to their low porosity, hardness and resistance. There is also a cleaning manual full of specific advice to preserve their aesthetic and technical qualities.

8. Cleaning textured and relief tiles

  1. Textured finish tiles are an innovative design proposal, but they require greater maintenance. For proper cleaning, they need to be washed more often with a soft nylon brush to remove the dust that can accumulate in the joins.

9. Technological help for cleaning tiles

Although traditional cloths and brushes are some of the best cleaning options, there are tools such as electric dusters or steamers that will save much time and effort.

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