Tile Floor Care and Maintenance Tips

How to Keep Your Tile Floor Looking Its Best

Porcelain tiles, by nature, are resilient and capable of standing up to all of the foot traffic you can muster. As strong and durable as porcelain is, it is not without its care and maintenance needs. If you want to keep your tile flooring looking its best, then here are some tips to help.

Basic Maintenance for Floor Tiles

The beauty of porcelain is in its simplicity, and generally speaking, the tiles require minimal daily maintenance. No surface is completely impervious to dirt or wear and tear, but the important thing to remember is that porcelain has a minimal level of porosity, meaning staining is not an issue. We recommend that; once a week, you should use a damp mop to give the surface of the tile a more thorough cleaning. The water should be diluted with a neutral detergent which will remove any superficial dirt – the product for the job would be Fila Cleaner. This is a great product to have in your cupboard as it’s suitable for all types of surface and should you have more stubborn dirt, simply increase the concentration of the detergent.

Removing Grease & Organic Stains

Any residential property will be prone to a build-up of grease, especially in kitchen/dining spaces given the exposure to cooking oils and food waste. These residues often require something a little more abrasive than your day-to-day neutral detergent. Fila provide a detergent designed specifically for this purpose, Fila PS87.

When diluted, the solution will remove oil-based residues from dirty porcelain, ceramic, natural stone or cement coverings. If left undiluted, PS87 removes the most stubborn of stains from your porcelain tiles.

Caring for Natural StoneTile

So you have chosen a natural stone and as with all natural materials, it begins to show its wear sooner than expected. This is because natural stonetile requires a different level of care than porcelain/ceramic tile. It’s essential that you keep on top of the maintenance of your stonetiles; they should be vacuumed or dust-mopped on a regular basis to remove dirt and other abrasive substances from the surface of the tile.

Unlike porcelain, you have to be wary of the chemical you are diluting the water with. They should only be cleaned with neutral pH cleaners specifically designed for cleaning stone. The cleaner should contain no acid or bleach. Thankfully, Fila are on hand to provide cleaners that are suitable for natural stone as well as porcelain. Fila Cleaner should once again be your stock product which should be diluted with water weekly. Fila PS87 then should act as your back-up solution for when stains are tougher to get rid of. It’s important to remember that you should test out a stronger chemical such as Fila PS87 in a small and inconspicuous spot before committing to your entire space; different stones will react with chemicals in different ways.

Often a process that will get neglected, but applying a wax after the sealing process and then every 2-3 months after, alongside a general clean, will maintain and even restore the original finish. There are 3 different types of wax which should be applied based on finish of your tile; FilaMatt, FilaSatin & FilaLonglife.

If your stone has gone past the point of return; where the conventional chemical/wax strategy makes no difference - then it's time to call a professional. Our friends over at Stone Floor Cleaning London, are the people for the job and should be your first port of call should your stone deteriorate beyond reasonable recovery.

How Often Should Sealant Be Applied?

This is a question we get asked all the time and there isn't a 'one size fits all' answer. It depends on the quality of sealant used as some sealers are found to be lacking in the active sealing chemicals. It also depends on the type of stone, for example a softer limestone may require more frequent treatment than a harder limestone.

Our Fila Sealants (FilaFob and FilaMP90) products generally have a protection life of up to 5 years. You can seal it more regularly than this, some people chose to do it yearly - this is really up to and whether you have the patience for the deep clean process and the sealing afterwards.

Maintaining Grout

Grout lines are often one of the first areas that start showing signs of staining in a tile floor. Simply sealing the grout won’t prevent the surface from building up or becoming discolored. To protect your grout, it should be cleaned on a regular basis so you can eliminate the surface build-up before it has a chance to create stains.

Grout should be cleaned with a concentrated household or commercial grout cleaner. This type of cleaning agent is capable of removing grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew stains, algae, and synthetic or acrylic waxes from grout joints. For the safest product, make sure the cleaner you choose contains non-polluting chemicals and low VOC levels.

Looking to have tile installed in your home? Call European Heritage today at 020 7381 6063 to schedule a no obligation consultation with one of our tile experts. We can help you find the perfect tile, tools, and advice for doing the job right.

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