Check the manufacturer's recommendations on sealing your grout. Sealers are absorbed into the tile, forming a stain resistant shield just below the surface. Check the time it takes for your grout to cure before adding grout sealer. Unless noted otherwise on its packaging, grout should cure for at least 28 days before applying a sealer. Use a penetrating sealer on quarry tiles. Most sealers will darken or change the appearance of the tile. Resealing is usually required every 12 to 18 months.
Protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on it. Exterior metal furniture, which rests on tile floors or patios, will rust and may stain.
Good quality entry and exit mats will help protect your ceramic tile from premature wear. Mats trap the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove.
Proper maintenance is the key to a trouble-free tile & stone floor. Here are some recommendations when maintaining your tile.
- Damp mop weekly or more often for heavy traffic areas with the manufacturer\'s recommended cleaning product.
- Make certain that any cleanser you use is compatible with your grout.
- Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew.
- Routine cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout or the surface of the stone or tile.
Caution: Wait at least 72 hours after installation (to allow new ceramic tile and grout to dry) before damp mopping.