Cleaning tile, stone, and grout on your floors

For the most part, it is not necessary to seal cermamic and porcelain tiles. Most ceramic and porcelain tiles have a baked glazed surface, and therefore the surface is not very porous. However, natural stone products such as tumbled stone, travertine, and marble are very porous and should be sealed periodically. Additionally, whether or not you have ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone on your floor, your grout is very porous and should be sealed periodically. How often….. you can determine that as a homeowner, by simply putting some drops of water on your natural stone and grout. If the spots darken, then the water is penetrating the material, and it’s time to seal your floor.

After sealing your floor, which should be done by a professional, it’s important to understand which products are suitable for cleaning your tile. You should only use a PH nuetral cleaner to maintain your floor. This will keep your sealer properties at a higher level. Use of any cleaner other than a PH nuetral can cause damage to the sealer, and allow liquids spilled on the floor to penetrate the grout and floor, thus causing spots to appear that may be very difficult to remove. If you have questions about tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, pet accident cleaning, and upholstery cleaning call Sheila at PCS Lake Norman at (704) 663-2787.

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