3 Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Tile Flooring

Tile floors are an attractive option for bathrooms, kitchens, or entry ways because they are water resistant and can withstand heavy use. Damage to porcelain tiles is still a real possibility, even though the material is durable. Fortunately, knowing how to avoid such damage can prevent any problems. The following guide will help maintain your porcelain flooring.

Never use abrasive cleaners

The main cause of damage to tile floors is abrasive cleaners. This is because it is possible to scratch the surface of the tiles. Scratches may not be evident at first, but eventually the floor will dull and lose its shine. Deeper scratches will then begin to collect dirt, causing the tile to look grubby even when clean. Avoid using any cleansers that contain abrasive elements. Also, skip the use of scouring pads, stiff brushes, and abrasive sponges.

Beware of etching

Etching causes much the same issues as abrasive cleansers and scratches, but the cause is chemical in nature. In most cases, highly acidic cleaners are the cause of the issue. The acids eat into the finish of the tiles and in some extreme cases into the tile itself. This can be an especially really problem in a bathroom, since many hard water remover and plumbing drain cleaners contain acids. Make sure to avoid spills or overspray when using something acidic near the tile, and only use cleaners labeled for use on tile. If you do get an acidic liquid on the tile, such as a plumbing chemical that overflows, dilute it quickly with water and then clean it up before it has a chance to sit on the tile for very long.

Don't overlook the grout

Tile resists most damage, but the grout between tiles isn't necessarily as durable. Light colored grout, in particular, is easily stained, but any color of grout can be damaged. The number one way to avoid problems is to have your grout sealed. This puts down a waterproof barrier between your grout and everything else. This means no mildew, staining, or water damage can occur. Over time, this sealant can wear thin. If you notice that water no longer beads up on your grout, it is time to have the sealant reapplied.

Overall, caring for porcelain tile is relative easy and it is a low maintenance flooring option. You simply sweep and mop regularly with a tile cleaner. As long as you avoid the previous problems, your tile can remain gorgeous for decades.