Ceramic Tile Care & Upkeep

In our passion to serve you, here’s the lowdown on upkeep.

We’re in the flooring business to serve you, it’s as simple, and honest, as that. As part of our service, and commitment, we are proud to offer you the Baker Bros. Satisfaction Guarantee:

If you ever have an issue with our products or service, we’ll make it right, guaranteed. No ifs, ands or buts, if you have a problem, you can rest assured that we’ll deliver a solution. That’s the Baker Bros. way of doing business.

We’re also here for you. We’re the place “Where Fashion Meets Flooring” but we’re also the place where you never go it alone.

When you add it all up, we’re the Arizona flooring experts who deliver…

More service per square foot.

And our professional help and genuine caring doesn’t stop with the installation of your beautiful new ceramic tile flooring.

Baker Bros. experts have contributed to this website. Below they have summarized many valuable tips on tile upkeep that you can perform.

So read on and learn the many ways you can maintain your ceramic tile flooring investment, both today and tomorrow.

Ceramic tile can be swept but not beaten.

It’s important to sweep a tile floor regularly. Dirt can adhere to the surface of tile, particularly styles with a textured surface.

Regular sweeping loosens and removes most of this dirt. So keep on sweeping.

Don’t forget those labor saving devices. Feel free to use a vacuum cleaner to sweep, but be sure to use one without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles.

However, the attachments that accompany vacuum cleaners are useful to collect dirt along edges or in between tiles.

It’s a dirty world out there.

Be sure to use walk-off mats to minimize and contain dirt being tracked in at entryways. And shake them often.

This reduces the amount of dirt being tracked across the tile floor, and reduces the wear to the finished surface.

Make it a point to know these cleaning tips.

Ceramic tile floors should be damp-mopped regularly using the manufacturer’s recommended grout and tile cleaners.

For heavier soil, you can spot clean the floor with a sponge or clean cloth using the recommended cleaners.


Rinse well and wipe dry for more shine. Textured tiles may require mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber.

After cleaning with a mild detergent rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to help remove any leftover residue.

If needed wipe dry with a clean towel to remove any film.

For soft water situations you may need to use an all-purpose cleaner. Apply to the floor, let stand for 3 - 5 minutes, lightly scrub with a sponge, rinse well and you’re home free – dirt free too.

For heavier cleaning tasks contact Baker Bros. Floor Care and Cleaning Department for professional and complete tile and grout cleaning.

Do keep in mind these dos and don’ts.

Avoid using steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of the tile.

Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners, as these products can discolor your grout if used too often.

Also, do not clean glazed tile with oil-based cleaners.

Be fast on your feet. Try to clean up spills as quickly as possible so that the grout or tile doesn’t become stained.

While ceramic tile is considered very durable, it’s not indestructible and may crack or chip under extreme force.

Take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects across your tile floor. Get a small army to help you move that grand piano.

Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.

Keep in mind that if a repair is necessary in the future, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the initial installation.

However, the good news is that, with time and usage, the repair will blend in with the original product.

Last, a word on caulking and sealing.

Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it’s your responsibility to maintain areas exposed to water by caulking.

Caulking will prevent expensive subsurface damage, as well as keep the tiled areas looking their best.

Depending on your lifestyle, sealing new tile and grout may be an option.

After the installation process is complete and the grout has had ample time to cure, sealing the grout and tile can provide protection from dirt and spills by slowing down the staining process.

Today there are also innovative grout colorants you should be aware of.

These products can transform the original color of grout and in some cases can act as a form of sealant. Please be aware that non-epoxy grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer.

Consistent and correct upkeep will keep your ceramic tile floor beautiful, inviting and durable for years to come.

Depend on us to deliver complete, dedicated customer service during your tile installation.

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