How To Clean And Maintain Porcelain Tile

Not only does porcelain tile flooring look timeless and elegant, it is strong, durable, and long-lasting as well. While porcelain tile may be a bit pricier than other types of flooring, such as vinyl or laminate, it may last longer in the end.

Porcelain, a type of ceramic, is constructed of dense, fine clay and is more scratch-resistant than other flooring materials. Porcelain tile is also convenient, as you can install it in your home yourself, even if you aren't a carpenter. 

Porcelain tile is also versatile, as it comes in a wide range of colors, such as red, brown, tan, black and grey, to coordinate with any home decor scheme. It also can be made to resemble other types of materials, such as natural stone, polished marble and even wood. You can even find porcelain tile featuring artistic mosaic patterns.

Here are some tips for keeping your porcelain tile clean and well-maintained:

On a Daily Basis

Just as with any type of flooring, it's important to keep porcelain tile as debris-free as possible throughout the day. Not only will regular maintenance keep your tile looking its best, it will keep it sanitary and pest-free. Simply sweep up crumbs and dirt once or twice a day, and mop up any liquid spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining.

To spot-clean the tile, use an everyday glass cleaner and a soft cloth, such as a microfiber rag or a chamois. You can also use use your vacuum's brush attachment to remove hair, pet fur or any other dry debris.

On a Weekly or Monthly Basis 

Depending on how much traffic your home's flooring gets, deep-clean the porcelain tiles on a weekly or monthly basis. If you have small children or indoor/outdoor pets, you may need to wash the tile more frequently.

To get the tiles sparkling clean, combine 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with two gallons of warm water in a bucket. Apply the cleaning solution to the floors using a soft sponge mop, concentrating on any especially dirty areas.

You can use a soft-bristled hand brush to work out any stuck-on food or debris. Finish by rinsing the porcelain tile with just plain warm water. Allow the flooring to thoroughly air dry before walking on it again. If you're in a hurry to use the floors, you can wipe the tiles dry with a soft, absorbent microfiber towel. 

For more information on tile, contact a company like KC Marble & Tile.