Cleaning & Maintenance
How to Clean Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles
Follow these simple steps to keep your tiles looking brand new.
Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are a very low maintenance products, but a simple regular low toxic cleaning regime should be followed. Bathroom, kitchen and laundry tiles do not need any more than a mild PH neutral cleaner or steam mop and there are really only two rules to follow.
Rule 1: Be cautious with your choice of cleaning solution.
Some detergents and soaps can leave a film on tiles making them prone to picking up extra dirt making them more difficult to clean over time. Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners such as a powders or gritty creams as these may cause minute scratches in the surface attracting dirt in the scratch making the tiles harder to clean the next time. Avoid acidic or alkaline cleaners as regular use can etch the glaze away and make the tiles harder to maintain.
Rule 2: Keep things regular.
Dirt and grime build up will not only look a mess but can scratch tiles making it harder to clean ongoing. Tiles are an amazing long-lasting product but they do need a regular clean to maintain their good looks.
Tools & Materials
- Soft bristle broom or vacuum
- Microfibre mop
- Disposable gloves or cleaning gloves (optional)
- PH neautral cleaner
- Warm water
Step 1: Remove dirt and debris
With a soft bristle broom remove loose dirt, sand and other debris. Soft Bristles are the key to easier and more efficient cleaning without scratching or damaging your tiles. The soft bristles reach into uneven surfaces and gently remove dirt and grime efficiently. Use a vacuum only if necessary.
Step 2: Clean with a PH neutral cleaner
For a low toxic regime clean with warm water and a microfibre mop or cloth. The microfibre should ‘grab’ the surface and lift off most daily grime with a little pressure. A damp microfibre mop or cloth is better than wet cotton or sponge for a streak-free clean. For a thorough clean try Lithofin Vitra Clean, follow the manufactures instructions you will need warm water and a damp microfibre mop or cloth.
Hot Tip: When mopping floors work from one side of the room to the other, and avoid walking on the tiles until they are dry. When cleaning wall tiles, work from the top down and change your microfibre cloth frequently to avoid streaks.