Tile Care Tips


If properly installed and cared for there is no reason that your tile floor, backsplash or shower shouldn't last a lifetime. Tile is one of the more durable and easy to clean types of flooring available. Here are a few tips to keep your new tile project looking great.


It is a good idea to seal any tile project once it's finished. Natural stone tiles should be sealed both before and after grouting. Ceramic and Porcelain tiles do not need to be sealed themselves, but sealing the grout joints is a good idea.

We recommend using TileLab SurfaceGard penetrating sealer. This is a water-based sealer that is easy to use yet still very effective. It can be found at Home Depot or many specialty flooring stores. Sealing should be done 48-72 hours after grouting to allow for the grout to completely set. Simply spray or wipe the sealer over the grout joints and wipe away any excess.


Harsh chemical cleaners are not recommended for tile floors because they can eat away at the grout, forming pits where dirt easily collects. Using less abrasive dishsoap will work as well as a mixture of vinegar and water for everyday cleaning. For more serious stains, there are specialty tile cleaners available at your local home improvement or flooring store.


No matter how well you care for your floor, accidents can happen that could result in tiles or grout needing to be replaced. Because of this, it is always recommended to keep a few tiles on hand after the job is finished. That way, if a few tiles do need to be replaced, you are assured of having the exact same color and size tile as the original. Also, keep whatever unused grout you have to use for repairs. If this is not possible, be sure to record the brand and color so if repairs are needed it can be easily located.