Ceramic & Stone Tile Flooring Maintenance & Care Guide

Keeping your natural stone and tile flooring clean and maintained will help it looks its best and give you the years of wear, durability and visual appeal you expect. Dirt and dust is abrasive. If left on the floor, foot traffic will cause the surface of the stone or tile to be worn, marring the finish. Care is fairly easy, however, so you should be able to keep your floors looking great and wearing durably.

This flooring guide for tile flooring provides answers on how to maintain, care and clean for your tile flooring. You’ll learn why it’s important to properly maintain your tile floor as well as the tools and cleaning supplies you might need to do it. You can also learn more about Installing Tile Flooring. Of course, we encourage everyone to start by reading the Tile Floor Buying Guide on our site, it’s a great way to learn more about this wonderful home flooring product.

Importance of Proper Care

Both tile and natural stone should be mopped using a soft, dry mop. You can use a vacuum, but make sure it has a “Hard Floor” mode that does not use a rotating brush.

To keep dirt and dust off the floors, place mats by each entryway. You may also want to encourage those in your household to wear slippers or just socks indoors. Keep the mats clean by vacuuming them, shaking them or laundering them if possible.

Do not use abrasive cleaners such as liquid soft scrub type cleaners. They can scratch and dull the surface of tile or natural stone flooring. Cleaners containing acids, such as lemon cleaners or vinegar, should also be avoided. The acid can harm the sealer on stone flooring or stain the grout on tile flooring.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

A dust mop and pan or a vacuum cleaner with a “Hard Floor” mode is essential. A wet mop and the right detergent for your flooring will keep floors clean. That’s really about all you need.

Replacing Your Flooring

Depending on the porosity of your natural stone flooring, it may need to be resealed every few years. 

If the tile grout becomes discolored, it can be bleached to make it white or light again. 

It is good practice to keep an extra box of tile on hand. Should any tile become chipped or cracked throughout the years, it makes replacing them quick and painless.

Both of these flooring materials should last 50+ years, so replacing them shouldn’t be required any time soon.

Tile & Natural Stone Flooring Maintenance and Care FAQs

Q: Should you wax stone or tile flooring?
A: Wax is not recommended. In fact, it can dull the finish of natural stone flooring.

Q: Should floor mats have rubber backing?
A: They don’t need to, but it is okay if they do.

Q: What about spills?
A: Juice, wine, oil and pet accidents should be cleaned up immediately to prevent stains to the stone or grout.

Q: Should you have the floors professionally cleaned?
A: Tile flooring doesn’t require it, but you should do a deep cleaning of any natural stone tile every few years. This is to clean and extract dirt from the pores of the stone to keep it looking its best for years to come.