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Tile, Grout & Stone Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance will go a long way in protecting your tile, grout and stone:
 
Tip 1: Use walk-off mats/rugs in high-traffic areas. Make sure to choose rugs that allow the floor to breathe.

Tip 2: Use felt protective pads on furniture legs.

Tip 3: Use raised trivets/stands that allow air to circulate under potted plants.

Tip 4: Vacuum or dust mop often using a clean, non-treated dust mop. Dirt and grit cause the most damage to stone floors.

Tip 5: On counter tops use cutting boards, coasters and trivets.

Tip 6: Blot/wipe up spills as soon as they happen. The longer you wait the more chance etching will occur.

Tip 7: For basic everyday cleaning, use hot/warm water and a mild ph-neutral cleaner for your grout, stone and tile.

Tip 8: When mopping, change water often. Here's a handy trick: Tape a quarter to the bottom of the bucket. When you can’t see the face of the quarter, change the water.

Tip 9: Do not use steam, high pressure, vinegar, bleach, ammonia, dry or soft cleansers, pads/abrasives, or any other all-purpose or commercial cleaners. Even natural cleaners can be a problem since many are acidic or oil-based. Always read the ingredients. Using the wrong cleaners will only lead to unnecessary problems.

Tip 10: For soap scum, regular use of a squeegee and a neutral ph cleaner should do the job.

Tip 11: Do not use any floor wax on your tile or stone.