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Top Ways To Protect Your Tile

Top Ways To Protect Your Tile

No matter where your tile is located it is important to understand how to keep it safe so that it will continue to be in good condition for many years to come. Here are some of the most simple but extremely effective ways to maintain it.

Use Sealant

Sealing is an important step in any tile project but becomes even more vital for those high-traffic areas. With the right sealant, you can protect your tile from stains, discoloration, and everyday wear.

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Tile may seem invincible, but it can be damaged by rough materials and harsh chemicals. Steel wool is a no-no as it can rub the finish right off. This can change the look as well as remove the protective layer on your tile and leave it vulnerable to further damage.

Clean Spills Immediately

Even if you use a good sealer tile and grout can still be stained because they are permeable materials. This means that any item left in contact with the tile can seep into it and create a discoloration, so make sure spills are whipped up right away. If you have a tile table, coasters can be a good way to protect the surface.

Steer Clear of Cleaners with Dyes

As just mentioned, tile and will soak up a bit of what you expose it to so use caution when considering cleaners that are colorful as these can stain as well.

Use a Damp Mop, Not Wet

How you clean your tile is also important. Water contains substances that can discolor tile so keep your mop just damp rather than wet and wipe it dry rather than letting it dry on its own. By using a towel to dry it you restore its shine. Another reason to use a damp mop is that excessive moisture in grout can encourage the growth of mold and mildew, another unsightly stain.

Avoid Ammonia and Bleach

Ammonia and bleach, when used regularly, can also discolor your grout. If you are unsure, it is best to go with a cleaner recommended by your tile manufacturer.

Sweep Often

Any debris on a floor will act like sandpaper as you walk over them. Dirt and dust will cause scratches and damage the finish of your tile over time so regular sweeping is important.

Avoid Using the Vacuum Brush

The vacuum can be used on tile floor if you use the proper attachment. Using the beater brush is too harsh and can damage your floor's finish.


Any tile that is in contact with water often needs to be caulked. This is to keep water from seeping behind the tile. When this happens, major damage can result cause the need for a complete tile remodel. Regular recalking protects not only your tile and grout but also the surface that it is installed over.

By The Grout Medic 6-1-2021

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