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Caring for America's latest floor fad

April 22, 2013

FORT WORTH, TX — Floor-covering trends come and go, the ISSA's Value of Cleaning white paper indicates that ceramic flooring is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., according to a press release.

There are several good reasons behind this trend, including the fact that ceramic tile is relatively inexpensive, highly durable, made from clay and sand, which are very sustainable materials, available in a variety of glazes, colors, and designs and relatively easy to clean and maintain, the release stated.

"However, over time, soiling, stains, and grime can collect and become trapped in the pores and grout lines of ceramic tile," said Eric Hickman, a cleaning expert and product manager for Powr-Flite.

"If neglected, these floors can then develop a soiled appearance and bacteria and mold can even develop. To avoid this, proper care and cleaning is imperative to maintain ceramic tile's appearance," Hickman added.

According to the release, this month's  Powr-Flite Troubleshooter focuses on the proper care of ceramic tiles, providing the following tips:

  • Clean daily. It is often best to vacuum ceramic tiling using a backpack vacuum cleaner instead of sweeping; this is more effective and helps protect indoor air quality.
  • When mopping, use a clean mop and bucket and a mild, all-purpose cleaner.
  • When heavily soiled, these floors may need to be machine scrubbed.
  • Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract solution and soils from flooring after scrubbing; this helps to prevent them from resettling on the floor.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.