Investing in high-quality tile can increase the value of your home while providing you with a wide variety of new design opportunities. With regular maintenance, you can have your tile looking like new for the entire life of your home. Here are some easy ways to regularly protect your flooring investment:
- Seal stone tile after installation: Certain stone tiles, such as limestone and granite, are extremely porous, so they require a sealant to keep dirt and debris from penetrating their surfaces. Your flooring manufacturer can recommend the best sealing solution for the type of tile you choose.
- Clean spills immediately: Both wet and dry spills can damage tile, so be sure to wipe them clean right away. Keep clean microfiber cloths in the home to gently wipe away spills as they occur. If a cleanser is needed, then use a mild soap heavily diluted with warm water.
- Keep floors clear of dirt and dust: A dust mop is a useful tool for keeping the floor free of debris. Simply sweeping the floor clean every few days and mopping weekly with soap and water will make your floors shine. Tile shower walls can be kept clean by a simple wipe down with a microfiber cloth after each use.
- Steer clear of harmful chemicals: Any acidic cleaner can be damaging to natural tile, so avoid vinegar and ammonia based cleansers. If you have glass in close proximity to your tile showers or backsplashes, then use rubbing alcohol to clean it instead of standard glass cleaner. You will get the same streak free shine without any harm to your tile.
- Include rugs around the home to catch debris: Area rugs can bring a room together and dampen the echoing effects of hard tile floors. They also help to catch particles that may scratch the surface of tile while providing a soft surface for your furniture to be placed.
If you are in search of beautiful tile to complete the design of your home, then check out the wide selection available from Mission Stone & Tile. We invite you to visit our website or call us at (888) 815-2375 to explore our selections of stone, porcelain, and mosaic tiles.