The single most important step for future daily maintenance involves the complete removal of grout and construction dirt after Crossville® products have been installed. Grout manufactures print instructions for proper mixing, curing and cleaning of grout on each container. These directions must be followed. In most cases, Crossville Porcelain Stone® can be cleaned successfully by scrubbing the installation with hot water and a neutral detergent, followed by a thorough rinsing, then removing the rinse water with a wet vacuum, or dry toweling. If grout residue still remains, further cleaning of the tile should be accomplished in consultation with the grout manufacture and Crossville
Some grout manufactures distribute proprietary products which they recommend for the removal of their particular grout from the surface of tile. These products can be diluted for removal of light deposits of grouting materials with the possibility of using stronger concentrations when more aggressive cleaning is required.
Equipment recommended for more aggressive cleaning are floor scrubbers or floor buffing machines equipped with a nylon pad or brush. A wet vacuum should be used to pick up suspended grout residue and construction dirt completely.
Acid washing is rarely recommended and is not usually necessary to successfully clean a new installation if the cleaning is done in a timely fashion. Caution should be exercised when using acid, or acid-based cleaners as they can adversely affect the grout,
If a customer insists on use of an acid for cleaning the installation, he or she should be cautioned to use sulfamic acid or phosphoric acid mixed in a solution according to manufactures' instruction. It is important that before the acid solution is placed on the floor, the grout joints be thoroughly saturated with water first. Grouts which contain latex can actually bond more strongly to the tile surfaces if cleaned with acid. Latex or polymer modified grouts should be cleaned with a solution recommended by th grout manufacturer. Contractors or installers should also wait until the grout joint has fully cured, usually 7 to 10 days before using acidic cleaners.
Once the initial cleaning has been thoroughly completed, our daily maintenance procedures can be followed for continuous and long-lasing beauty.
Crossville recommends a two-bucket mopping approach as exemplified by the WaveBreak® mopping system offered by Rubbermaind® For speciific details call (800)347-9800 or go to rubbermaidwavebreak.com