RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR ALL INTERIOR/EXTERIOR AREAS WHERE FLORIDA BRICK & CLAY CO.’S Americraft III TILE AND SUNSHINE PAVERS ARE INSTALLED.
Prepared especially for Florida Brick & Clay Co. by Hillyard Industries, Inc.
The term “ease of maintenance” does not mean that the tile floor can be totally neglected. Ceramic tile surfaces, generally, have to be cleaned less frequently than other surfaces that receive the same amount of wear and soiling. However, some routine care is necessary for maintaining a satisfactory appearance.
The secret to a successful tile maintenance program is to begin with a clean surface. It should be the responsibility of the tile installer to thoroughly clean and remove all the grout residue and the dulling film inherent in the installation process. After initial clean-up, a reasonable period should be allowed to permit proper curing of grout hardness.
APPLYING A PENETRATING SEALER
Before grouting quarry tile/pavers, FBC recommends the tile installer apply a coating of penetrant sealer to the surface of the tile/pavers before grouting.
A penetrating sealer seals below the surface and normally won’t alter the tile surface, unless it is over applied. These sealers help prevent moisture and stains from penetrating into the grout joints and tile.
A penetrating sealer can best be applied with a sponge. short nap paint roller, or spray aparatus over the entire surface. Avoid heavy build up on the tile, but let it soak into the grout. Wipe all traces of wetness off the surface of the tile with clean, dry absorbent rags within two to three minutes of application. You may want to apply a second coat after 24 hours.
FLOOR CARE – INITIAL PROTECTION
It is recommended to treat the quarry tile or paver installation with a double strength application of Hillyard Super Shine All, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or other neutral liquid cleaner before putting the floor into service. The treatment should be conducted after the penetrant seal is placed on the tiles/pavers and after the floor is grouted. Neutral cleaners clean and season the floor by filling the pores of the tiles/pavers.
The tile installation should be protected from construction soils/dirt by placing and taping to the floor a layer of construction paper until construction is complete.
When construction is complete and the installation is ready for use, the surface should be cleaned with a solution of Super Shine-All in a ratio of one cup of cleaner to one gallon of hot water. Pick up cleaning solution with wet vac or automatic scrubber and thoroughly rinse floor.
INITIAL MAINTENANCE JUST AFTER INSTALLATION
The ceramic tile surface should be left completely free of grout haze when the job is completed.
If such haze remains, it can best be removed with a “grout cleaner” like Hillyard Tile and Grout Cleaner/Renovator. Always pretest in an inconspicuous area for effects on the tile surface as well as the grout.
Rubber gloves should be worn. Dampen the tile surface before applying the cleaner.
After applying, agitate it with a scrub brush or with a floor machine using a scrub brush or nylon scrub pads until the haze is loosened.
Thoroughly rinse the floor twice with clean water. For best results, use a wet vac to pick up the rinse solution.
LONG TERM PROTECTION
There are many colors of grout available which can enhance a tile installation. Sand grout joints are the most vulnerable part of a tile job because of their porosity which can trap dust, dirt, grease, soap and other stains. This is especially true in kitchens, bathrooms, on patios and even foyer floor tile installations. In restaurants, particularly in the kitchen and food preparations areas, we recommend the application of an oleophobic penetrating sealer to the tile and grout surface. This will help protect the grout and tile and prevent entrapment of grease and food particles in the grout, and to make the joints and tile easier to keep clean.