The deep cleaning process will have revealed a variety of interesting colors and shades that are inherent in the flagstones but not previously visible.
- PEI Class 0 – No Foot Traffic: Wall tile only and should not be used on floors
- PEI Class 1 – Very light traffic: Very low foot traffic, bare or stocking feet only. (Master bath, spa bathroom).
- PEI Class 2 – Light Traffic: Slipper or soft-soled shoes. Second level main bathroom areas, bedrooms.
- PEI Class 3 – Light to Moderate Traffic: Any residential area with the possible exception of some entries and kitchens if extremely heavy or abrasive traffic is anticipated.
- PEI Class 4 – Moderate to Heavy Traffic: High foot traffic, areas where abrasive or outside dirt could be tracked. Residential entry, kitchen, balcony, and countertop.
- PEI Class 5 – Heavy Traffic: Ceramic tile suggested for residential, commercial and institutional floor subjected to heavy traffic.
Keeping ceramic, porcelain tile & grout free of dust and dry, sandy soil will minimize scratches, wear patterns and grout soiling that can develop from everyday use and traffic.
Use walk-off mats to trap abrasive soil before it gets into the house or building.
- Sweep, dust or vacuum surfaces regularly to remove loose soil and dust.
- Clean the tile & grout using warm water and a clean nonabrasive cloth sponge or mop.
- Use a neutral cleaner such as Stone & Tile Cleaner or Revitalizer that is specially formulated for ceramic, porcelain tile & grout to help remove soils that sweeping, dusting, vacuuming or damp mopping leave behind.
- For extremely soiled tile, clean with KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser.
- Do not use ordinary household cleaners, as you may degrade the sealer that was applied to the grout to protect against stains.
Glazed tiles are coated with a liquid glass, which is then baked into the surface of the clay. The glaze provides an unlimited array of colors and designs as well as protects the tile from staining. A glazed tile is already stain proof, so there is no purpose to putting on a sealer. However, the grout joint between the tiles is usually very porous and generally made of a cement-based material. Therefore, grout joints typically will need to be sealed and maintained properly to prevent stains and discoloration. Impregnating sealers such as All-Purpose Grout Sealer go into the grout joint and protect against water and oil-based stains. Most industry professionals recognize that grout is best protected with a fluorochemical-based sealer, such as Impregnator Pro or All-Purpose Grout Sealer. If the grout joint is epoxy, a sealer is not necessary.
Unglazed porcelain tile should be protected with a penetrating sealer, such as Sta-Clene, Bullet Proof or Impregnator Pro, including the grout lines. The penetrating sealer is an invisible, stain-resistant shield that is absorbed into the surface.
Cementitious grout must be sealed to prevent or minimize staining. Leaving these surfaces unsealed may greatly hinder the ability to completely remove stains in the future. Allow new installations to cure for 72 hours prior to applying the sealer.
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