5 Ways to Make Your Ceramic Tile Floor Last!
Ceramic flooring is some of the toughest and most durable flooring on the market. Having a glazed, high grade ceramic floor can last well over 100 years if properly taken care of. Ceramic tile is very easy to keep looking like new with just basic household cleaners and a mop. They are resistant to fire, water, and scratches and come in several shapes, sizes, and colors. You can even make a mosaic floor with small ceramic tile which will make your home unique and interesting.
This kind of flooring is very versatile compared to any other on the market today. Ceramic flooring is elegant and detailed, which is why you want to take care of it the best you can, so it can look gorgeous for as long as you own your home or business.
Types of Ceramic Tile Flooring
Taking care of your ceramic flooring is the same all across the different types, textures, or size. So in choosing your type of flooring keep in mind that the only thing that will change throughout the various options will be how it feels and looks. It will be a breeze to clean and maintenance regardless of what you choose for your ceramic flooring. Here are some of the different types of flooring:
- You can choose either glazed or unglazed ceramic tile in all of these types
- Glazed tile has different finishes ranging from matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss finishes
- They can also be porcelain or non-porcelain
- Porcelain ceramic tile is more expensive but offers a little bit better durability, stain resistance, and color
- Non-porcelain ceramic tile is more economical and easier to work with while being a bit cheaper than porcelain
All other ceramic tiles are only different in the ingredients used to make the tile itself, which are modified through using white, red, or brown clay, different types of minerals in the mix, and are fired in a kiln differently. However, the resulting product is relatively the same and every type has fantastic durability, color and texture.
Glazed Porcelain Ceramic Tile Flooring
This type of ceramic flooring is arguably the easiest to maintain and is the most durable; however, it is also the most expensive, because of the process and extra materials used to make the product. Glazed porcelain ceramic has a natural stain resistance due to the glazed finish on the ceramic itself. Any liquid will sit on the finish instead of being absorbed into the ceramic. That is a great thing if you can expect to have a lot of spills or dirty shoes on your ceramic flooring.
This type of ceramic flooring also has a through-bodied color, because of the finish on it, making it shine brighter and look cleaner. This type of flooring is perfect for bathrooms because of the minimal water absorption characteristic. It is also important to note that glazed porcelain is very scratch and scuff resistant. It also has increased traction compared to non-glazed non-porcelain ceramic tile flooring.
Cleaning glazed porcelain ceramic is as easy as mopping with your favorite floor cleaner. As with any other type of flooring, it would be advisable to not use heavy abrasive cleaners because you could strip the finish off the flooring.
Non-Glazed Non-Porcelain Ceramic Flooring
This type of flooring is not as durable and needs a little extra care to maintain, but still can be just as effective and beautiful as if it were glazed porcelain ceramic flooring. Keep in mind that ceramic tile flooring is extremely versatile and is made in hundreds of different ways. Having glazed or non-glazed and porcelain and non-porcelain isn’t the only combinations of ceramic flooring out there. They are made with several different materials and offer unique colors and characteristics to each of them. Non porcelain ceramic flooring is the most economical, and can be installed quite a bit faster and easier than porcelain ceramic flooring.
Advanced Cleaning Solutions
To get your floor shining, mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water, and spray an area to lightly scrub with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth towel. Once the area is nice and shiny you can dry it with a microfiber towel and continue with the rest of the floor until you have a clean shiny ceramic tile floor. After you clean your ceramic tile flooring like this, it should only need swept and mopped once a day for a week or so.
The hardest thing about keeping ceramic flooring clean is maintaining the grout holding the tiles together. And because grout is porous, it will absorb dirt, grease, and any other nasties that get on your floor. Grout cleaner is the best solution to this problem. Mild bleach can help as well. Unfortunately, there is no instant gratification when it comes to grout cleaning, as you will have to take a small brush and scrub all of the grout by hand for the best results. For really bad grout stains, you can mix baking soda and water then spray it on and let it sit overnight. It will dissolve the stain so you can scrub it with a nylon brush. After you scrub your grout and get it nice and white and clean, try and put a silicone based grout sealer on all of the grout, this will further protect it from all of the dirt and grime.
If you have a coffee, tea, or juice stain, use hot water and laundry detergent to wash the area thoroughly. Then, use hydrogen peroxide to blot the stain until it’s removed.
If you get a grease stain, wash the area with club soda and water, or your favorite commercial floor cleaner.
If you get an ink stain, soak a towel or cloth in diluted bleach and lay the cloth on top of the stain. Leave the towel on the stain for however long it takes for the stain to disappear. The cloth will soak up the stain and then you can wash the area normally afterwards.