Ceramic Tile Restoration Questions
Q: I own a small janitorial company. The biggest complaint I get from the property managers of the buildings I clean is that the ceramic tile bathroom flooring is dirty. I know it's not true because we clean them nightly and seal them monthly. Any suggestions?
A: Yes! Please find below the procedure I suggest:
- Strip the floor with Zoom to remove the sealer/wax. Waxing a tile bathroom floor is not a solution. Wax attracts dirt and soon the tile and grout look yellow and dirty.
- Clean the floor with MDR (Mineral Deposit Remover).
- Polish the tile with Tile Glow® #2, a non-wax polishing compound, which will give the tile a natural, long-lasting shine. This shine should last at least one year.
- Note that for most property managers, shine equals clean and shine without wax equals no scuff marks.
For more information about tile polishing, please refer to our Tile Glow® Product Demonstration Video: http://www.intlstoneworks.com/products.htm#demos
Q: How can I restore and maintain an old ceramic tile floor?
A: For your ceramic tile floor, I recommend the following:
- First strip the tile and grout with a solution of the Zoom stripper. This stripping will remove topical dirt and acrylic wax from the floor.
- Second scrub the tile and grout with TGR (Tile & Grout Restorer). This scrubbing will thoroughly clean the tile and grout.
- None of the above will add shine to the floor. If the tile was glazed initially, it probably will be shiny. If you need to add shine, we recommend an application of Seal Out topical sealer/finish. Do not add too much because the build up will require more maintenance.
- The other method of adding shine is our no-wax polishing system called the Tile Glow® System. Click here for more information.
Q:The white grout in my kitchen has become very dirty. The tile is an old ceramic tile. Is MDR (Mineral Deposit Remover) the right product to clean my tile and grout? I also have tile around the pool that needs attention. Can I use MDR there as well?
A: MDR is an excellent product to clean the tile and grout in your kitchen. It also is a good product to clean calcium deposits from ceramic tile around the pool. It may require some scrubbing. Also note that MDR contains phosphoric acid: if some of the MDR gets into the pool, you might have to adjust the pH of the water.