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One of many great things about ceramic tile is that it requires very little maintenance.

To keep your tile looking its best, year after year, here are a few important DO's and DON'Ts.

DOs
  • 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 tile.

 
DON'Ts
  • 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.
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To clean grout:

  1. 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.
  2. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Dry with a clean white towel or paper towels.
  4. Apply grout sealer to keep the grout clean for up to a year.

To re grout tile:

  1. 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.
  2. Remove any damaged grout with a putty knife, grout knife, or other sharp tool. Vacuum up any mess.
  3. Scrub the area again, but leave it damp.
  4. Mix 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 filled.
  5. Let the grout dry for at least twelve hours. Scrub the tile firmly with a clean cloth to remove any grout on the tile.
  6. Seal the grout with an appropriate grout sealer, following the manufacturer's instructions.

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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 technicians.

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.

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 countertops.

 

How to Polish Granite Counter Tops

Enhance, protect, and beautify your granite counter tops! Granite polish will reduce finger marks and make your routine cleaning a breeze.

Steps

  1. Clean your granite counter tops thoroughly.
  2. Allow surface to dry to a streak free look.
  3. Spray on your granite polish.
  4. Buff using a clean white piece of terry cloth.
  5. You may also use a buffing machine if you are careful!

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