Tile Care & Maintenance

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Tile cleaning tips

Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile are three of the longest-lasting flooring materials we offer at Carpets by Otto. That said, tile still requires some consistent basic maintenance to ensure that it remains beautiful & functional for many years.

Vacuum your tile or stone flooring regularly and dust mop often. Since tile is waterproof, you can safely wet mop as needed. Be sure to dry it right away, as tile can be extremely slippery when wet. If your flooring needs a deeper clean, use only a manufacturer-approved cleaning product and follow all instructions.

Invest in doormats and placing them throughout your home. Encourage visitors to use them and to remove outdoor shoes before walking across your new tile or stone flooring. You may also wish to place all furniture on furniture protectors and take extreme care when moving any heavy items across your flooring. Finally, consider investing in an area rug or two! Doing so will add style and color to any room while adding some protection to the flooring beneath it.

Dealing with spills

In most cases, the average spill will wipe away with a clean cloth. More complex messes, such as wax or oil, require a more comprehensive approach. For these, you'll want to consult your manufacturer's guidelines. It's also very important to use the right care products when cleaning tile. Products with ammonia, vinegar, chlorine, and other abrasive ingredients might discolor your tile or damage your grout and should be avoided. Use only manufacturer-approved products.