Care and Maintenance for Tile & Stone
In order to protect your investment in your new floor, we have some simple, easy-to-follow care and maintenance tips.
Use protective mats
It is important to use a good quality entry mat to trap dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil that will otherwise be tracked onto your floor. These mats will also help protect tile or stone floors from premature wear. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, like in front of your kitchen sink or stove.
Add protective pads to furniture
Protect your tile by applying felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on the flooring. Keep in mind that if your new floor is for your outdoor patio or porch, exterior metal furniture may rust and result in stains. Using furniture pads will prevent this.
Check cure time before adding grout sealer
Grout is very porous and will absorb water, dirt and spills. Grout sealer is clear and designed to reduce the absorption rate. The sealer is absorbed into the grout, making the grout easier to clean. Unless noted otherwise on the packaging, grout should cure for at least 28 days before applying a sealer. Always follow the manufacturer’s application recommendations.
Keeping your Shaw Tile & Stone Floor Clean
Tile and stone floors are perhaps the easiest type of floor to keep clean.
Sweeping, dusting or vacuuming your floor regularly removes the accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the surface. If you choose to use a vacuum, be sure to turn off the vacuum beater brush or raise it so it doesn’t damage the floor.
We recommend that you wipe down your floor with a damp mop or a steam mop at least once a week (or more often for heavy traffic areas) with a cleaner made specifically for stone or tile that has a neutral pH. We recommend R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner from Shaw’s line of Floor Covering Care Products. If R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner is not available, make certain the cleaner you choose is compatible with grout cleaning (neutral pH) and will not stain the grout.
What Not To Do
- Do not damp mop your newly installed floor for at least 72 hours. Doing so can cause damage to the grout. The grout needs at least 72 hours to dry and cure.
- Never leave excessive water standing on the floor. Water on the floor is slippery and can leave the floor surface dull.
- Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew.
- Never use cleaners that contain acids, vinegar, chlorides or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout or the surface of the stone or tile.