One of many
great things about ceramic tile is that it requires very little
To keep your tile
looking its best, year after year, here are a few important DO's
You should clean your
tile with a damp sponge mop, using a small amount of
soapless detergent in warm water.
If you use a cleaner,
make sure it's neutral - non-acidic and non-alkaline.
Where soil is more
concentrated, use a cleaner made specifically for ceramic
- You should not use soap on tile. It
leaves a film which dulls the surface and promotes mildew.
- You should not use an acid or
ammonia-based cleaner, because it could affect the color
of the grout. Acid-based cleaners
- will cause polished marble tiles to
dull. You should not use bleach or vinegar and
water - vinegar is an acid.
- You should not use steel wool pads
or any abrasive on tile or stone. These materials can
scratch or dull the surface.
- Any loose particles of steel left on
the grout will cause rust stains.
- Tile, Grout and Stone require
different types of maintenance.
To clean grout:
- Spray on
a commercial grout cleaner or heavy-duty all-purpose
bleach-based cleaning solution (use 1/4 cup of chlorine
bleach in 1 quart of warm water to eliminate mold and
mildew). Let soak for several minutes.
with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly.
- Dry with
a clean white towel or paper towels.
grout sealer to keep the grout clean for up to a year.
To re grout tile:
- Scrub the
tile and grout thoroughly with a strong household
cleaner. If there is any mildew, scrub the tile joints
with a toothbrush dipped in bleach and rinse thoroughly.
any damaged grout with a putty knife, grout knife, or
other sharp tool. Vacuum up any mess.
- Scrub the
area again, but leave it damp.
sufficient tile grout according to the package
instructions. Apply grout with a damp sponge, wiping
firmly in areas that need grout. Smooth the new grout
with a clean damp sponge. If needed, apply more grout
and smooth again, until the tile joints are completely
- Let the
grout dry for at least twelve hours. Scrub the tile
firmly with a clean cloth to remove any grout on the
- Seal the
grout with an appropriate grout sealer, following the
Now, that you have granite
Now, that you have granite countertops you will
find that you will break more drinking glasses.
Granite is the hardest countertop you can buy.
Normally cutting can be done right on your
countertop. There are rare occasions when you may
accidentally chip the granite. This can usually be
fixed by applying a colorized epoxy that will take
polish. This procedure can be done by one of our
We would suggest that you avoid placing extreme
weight on the overhangs of your countertops. For
example, climbing on an overhang to change a light
bulb would be strongly discouraged.
Granite is a substance that quickly absorbs heat and
distributes it out. We would recommend that
extremely hot pans not be placed on or near small
granite strips (up to 8") due to the fact that there
is not enough material to distribute the heat. When
placing hot pans on the countertop you will want to
avoid coming in contact with the exposed area due to
the extreme heat being deposited by the pan onto the
Granite is a very durable material and occasional
abuse will unlikely result in permanent damage. We
encourage you to use and enjoy your new countertops.
Please feel free to call us whenever you have a
question or concern about the care of your granite
How to Polish
Granite Counter Tops
protect, and beautify your granite counter tops!
Granite polish will reduce finger marks and make
your routine cleaning a breeze.
- Clean your granite counter
- Allow surface to dry to a
streak free look.
- Spray on your granite
- Buff using a clean white
piece of terry cloth.
- You may also use a buffing
machine if you are careful!
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