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tile care & maintenance

Learn how to care for your porcelain and ceramic tile floors, walls, and countertops.

tips for daily tile cleaning

1. Use damp mopping to clean up spills immediately. Damp mopping uses approximately 1 gallon of cleaning solution (mixture of water and detergent) per 600 square feet. An easy way to prepare for damp mopping is to wring out the mop prior to use.

2. Use wet mopping daily to clean the floors. Wet mopping uses approximately 1 gallon of cleaning solution (mixture of water and detergent) per 300 square feet. An easy way to prepare for wet mopping is to NOT wring out the mop prior to use.

3. Use only the recommended dilution of detergent. More is not always better; higher concentrations of detergent in the cleaning solution will only make it more difficult to rinse.

4. Allow detergent solution to remain on the floor as advised. The detergent solution must be given time to act on the soil load. Generally 5-10 minutes is sufficient.

5. Always agitate the floor when wet mopping to ensure soils are removed. Use a nylon pad, bristle brush, or deck brush after the cleaning solution has been applied. The Dual Tool by Tuway (www.tuwaymops.com or 1-800-537-3750) allows you to agitate and mop in one simple step.

6. Rinse thoroughly with clean, clear water to remove the dirty detergent solution and emulsified soil. Rinsing is a critical step in the maintenance procedure. Remove the rinse water with a wet vacuum, dry mop or toweling. If dirty detergent solution is not removed and is allowed to dry on the surface, a coating will form which is very difficult to remove.

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