Even though tile is water resistant and easy to clean, it still requires the right maintenance. There are all sorts of different types of tile which may require different types of tile maintenance. For example, granite is the hardest of the polished stones and can take a lot of abuse. Marble is porous and can easily stain.
In general, always sweep or vacuum floors to remove dust and debris before cleaning the tile. Use a damp mop (damp with water) once a week to decrease the wear from abrasive grit and soil that comes in on your shoes. This will help reduce scratching and it will help to maintain shine (if applicable).
Below are some specific Tile Maintenance tips:
Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.
Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level. Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.
Clean marble regularly with a gentle cleaner for marble. Always clean up spills quickly with a non-abrasive gentle cleaner due to the porous nature of the marble stone.
Clean Granite regularly with a gentle cleaner for granite that is specially formulated to protect and enhance the beauty of your granite. Even though granite is a hard stone, it still can be porous so clean up spills quickly.
Be very careful choosing your cleaners because some may damage your tiles. Do not use cleaners that contain Acid. Acid will eat through you tile and may remove the finish. Avoid Wax-based cleaners and oil based detergents. DO NOT USE vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or other general purpose cleaners especially on marble or granite tiles. Harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal shouldn’t be used on tile. Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with an agent that contains color. Test cleaning products on a small area before cleaning the full area. After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.