Flooring looks best when it’s clean and sparkling. Porcelain and ceramic are common options for tile in the flooring, as they are more durable than natural stone tile. However, these too come with some problems. While various types of tile require different maintenance procedures, the one thing that is common to all is staining. Cleaning tile floors can be a very tedious and boring task. Regardless of how well we clean them, they tend to get dirty and stained again. Porcelain tile is non-porous and hence the stains do not get deep-rooted, but you do get superficial stains on the surface that ruin its beauty. Here is a brief guide on how to clean porcelain tile.
Common Issues with Porcelain Tile
- Porcelain tile often gets stained due to food and beverage spills, dust and dirt.
- If water is stagnant in the pits and holes, it may lead to mold breeding.
- If ignored, this mold and mildew can quickly spread on the entire surface of the tile, ruining its aesthetics.
- Not only the appearance, mold and mildew also cause health hazards such as respiratory problems and eye infections. They also reek of a bad odor.
- Over a period of time, your porcelain tile may lose its sheen and sparkle and turn yellowish and dull.
Floor tile cleaning has to be done systematically. Here we will explain in detail how to clean porcelain tile with pFOkUS cleaner. But only cleaning cannot guarantee that the stains will not occur again. We will also discuss how to restore your tile just like new.
Porcelain Tile Cleaning:
Tile and Grout Cleaning with an Impactful Cleaner:
To get rid of the nagging problems of mold and stains forming on your porcelain tile in all the areas of a house or a commercial complex, you should use a strong porcelain tile cleaner, which eliminates all traces of stains and mold, without damaging the surface.
Imperia Deep Clean is a robust cleaner that sanitizes the surface at the core. It is a deep-penetrating cleaner that removes the stains from within the pores as well. Although you do not need this feature for non-porous porcelain tile, you can still benefit from its alkaline base and strong action.
Imperia Deep Clean also cleans the porous grout filled in between two porcelain tiles to join them. Grout is a mixture made from cement and sand and hence is very porous. It tends to absorb water and give birth to mold and mildew. This deep-penetrating cleaner also renders your grout spic and span while cleaning porcelain tile floors. You can take the help of a grout brush from pFOkUS to scrub the grout lines.
Porcelain Tile Maintenance with Maintenance Cleaners:
Before you use maintenance cleaners, you need to perform a few other procedures such as repairing cracks in grout and tile, sealing the grout and sealing the tile.
Your porcelain tile may develop pits and holes on the surface due to heavy impact. Moreover, the grout may also get cracked or go missing if not sealed properly. Before you seal your grout and tile, you need to check for these cracks and repair them using a powerful epoxy adhesive filler. You can seal and disguise cracked tile and grout with Sentura – A two part pigmented solvent based flexible epoxy/resin.
After cleaning the floor tile and grout, there is no guarantee that stains will not form again. After cleaning tiled floors, you can next proceed to grout sealing. You should use an impactful epoxy grout sealer for sealing the grout as it forms a protective barrier on the grout. Caponi – a pigmented grout sealing system that is built on a rock-solid 2-part solvent titanium resin/epoxy foundation is an excellent solution
After sealing grout, you can proceed to floor tile sealing. Sealing stone floor tile with a clear solvent based sealer will form a protective layer on the surface, while making it waterproof. Celine – a clear resin topical solvent-based sealer is an excellent tile sealer that can make your surface waterproof.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned and sealed your tile and grout, you may still get superficial stains or light dust on a regular basis. For weekly cleaning, you can use Imperia Maintenance or Valore Maintenance from pFOkUS. Both these products are regular maintenance cleaners that can be used on a weekly basis or for light daily cleaning to maintain the beauty or your surfaces. Of the two, Valore Maintenance is a stronger maintenance cleaner as it is infused with 6.97% H2O2 at the molecular level.
If you feel this entire process of cleaning porcelain tile is too overwhelming, you can contact experts from D’Sapone – a leading stone, tile, grout and glass restoration service provider in the US. pFOkUS’ restoration products are made keeping in mind the needs of home and residential complex’s maintenance and care.