How to clean gres and ceramic tiles
An accurate cleaning after laying is fundamental for the life and future routine care of a floor. First of all, before explaining you how to clean gres and ceramic tiles, we wish to point out that our slabs are regularly tested on stain resistance, according to the uni en norms.
It is important to say that the surface of the slab is completely vitrified and made of materials similar to glass; for this reason a careful cleaning with suitable products is strongly recommended when you decide to clean gres tiles. The first cleaning is really important for the new floor!
How to clean gres and ceramic tiles of a new floor
It is necessary to remove all residues from the laying process (mortar, concrete, plaster, adhesive etc.) by using an acid detergent, like È COSÌ Cherodal diluted in water 1:2 and applied with a non abrasive floor cleaning brush or rag (like Vileda) with a strong mechanical action.
To clean gres tiles effectively it is also very important to rinse throughly until the water used becomes clear. If this procedure is not performed correctly, the floor will keep an invisible surface calcareous film and could easily get stained and in the future hardly cleaned. A perfect first cleaning will mean an easy future maintenance.
How to clean gres and ceramic tiles after the first cleaning
If this procedure is not performed correctly, the floor will keep an invisible surface calcareous film and could easily get stained and in the future hardly cleaned. A perfect first cleaning will mean an easy future maintenance. In case the surface is still dirty (stains, dull tiles..) the cleaning procedure has to be carefully repeated. First, use an acid detergent, like diluted È COSÌ Cherodal and then wash and rinse the surface with clean water several times, as on the market you find no detergents that are successful after one cleaning. Anyway, also during the routine cleaning you may see salt marks and stains appear on the surface, particularly on soft and smooth surfaces.
We cannot forget that our products are vitreous and have to be treated accordingly. The slabs with polished finishes need, when laying, a correct cleaning with detergents and a surface protection with specific products (see chart to the side).
For the daily care, it is sufficient to remove dust with a dry rag, then wash the surface with the neutral detergent È COSÌ Velvet diluted 1:200 (1 small cup for 5 liters water) and applied with a dump rag that should be often rinsed in the solution. The use of dirty water, polishing products or an extra quantity of detergent can produce an invisible film and then spots and salt marks.
We remind you that our products are regularly checked and stable in the long term. Last, we remind to avoid using antirust or spray removers, as they contain hydrofluoric acid. There are no tiles on the market, neither ours nor from our competitors, withstanding this type of acid.
As last matter, we point out the right way to protect the joints: after installation, use a waterproofing product like "fugaproof" by fila. It prevents absorption of spots , makes dirt removal easier and preserve the joint for years.
Waterproofing is done directly on the joint with a small beak , and spreading the product flat with a little brush. In this way the joint will be protected by an invisible film , avoiding the deep penetration of dirt. After a few hours from the application, one can walk on the surface.