Maintaining Ceramic and Natural Stone Flooring

Ceramic and natural stone flooring products combine durability with a variety of colors and textures to complement your home décor. Regular maintenance of your ceramic or stone flooring will help to retain the beauty and integrity of the product and protect your investment.

A non-porous flooring product, ceramic is designed to be easy to keep clean, although, the surface of ceramic tiles can be scratched if you use cleaning brushes, scouring pads and abrasive cleaning agents. To clean your ceramic floor, you can sweep it once a week to collect dirt and dust then mop the floor with soap and water.

If something is spilled on your ceramic floor, you should clean it up right away to prevent stains from penetrating the tile. While stains from household mishaps that seep deep into the finish of your ceramic tiles can be removed with bleach, using cleaners like bleach and ammonia on a daily basis can stain or discolor your tiles.

Once your ceramic flooring has been installed and every few years after, you could apply a sealer to help protect your ceramic tiles and grout from stains. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, tend to resist staining and may not require a sealer; if a sealer is necessary, you should use a breathable type of sealer.

Natural stone flooring products like marble, granite, slate, and travertine are porous materials and have to be sealed prior to grouting and every year after to protect the surface of the tiles. To clean natural stone floors, use a quality cotton string mop with soap and water and spills should be cleaned up right away by blotting rather than rubbing the spill.

Nealy’s Flooring at 500 Bingemans Centre Dr. in Kitchener offers a selection of quality ceramic and natural stone flooring, carpeting, hardwood and bamboo flooring and vinyl. A family-owned business with more than 30 years of experience in the flooring business, their knowledgeable staff can offer you advice on care and maintenance of your ceramic or natural stone flooring.

For more information, call Nealy’s Flooring at 519-570-0008 or visit their web site.

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