Tiles cleaning and maintenance

The durability of a tiled surface depends on the way it is used and maintained; therefore the final customer plays a key role in the preservation of the technical and aesthetic performance of a tiled surface over time. To such extent, it is necessary to take some precautions, relying on good sense as well as on the knowledge of the installed materials.

Please read below to discover the correct cleaning and maintenance procedures.

CLEANING PRODUCTS


If all the above stated installation instructions have been adhered to, ordinary maintenance, that is to say everyday cleaning for the removal of the dirt caused by the use of tiled surface, will not cause any problem.
A PROPER CLEANING consists in using a wet cloth or a sponge with a commonly used neutral detergent for ceramic tiles and following the manufacturer instructions.
Occasionally, in particular when the surface has a different appearance to when it was first laid, a shinier appearance, as it has, somehow, been contaminated by staining agents, it is advisable to carry out a “degreasing washing” of the floor using an alkaline detergent and then rinse with an abundance of water.
In certain conditions of use (depending on the type of detergent used and/or on the staining agents present on the floor) and in special climatic conditions (for example outdoor floors) it is preferable to carry out a “descaling washing” of the floor with an acid detergent and then rinse with an abundance of water.


Ceramiche Marca Corona recommends:


DAILY:
• Remove dust by sweeping the floor and using suitable brooms, woollen clothes and/or a vacuum-cleaner;
• Wash the floor using FILACLEANER (neutral low-residue detergent) diluted 1:200 (a small coffee cup in a bucket with 5 litres of water) using a wet cloth which must be frequently rinsed in the solution;
WARNING
If, after any kind of washing, the floor shows residual marks, wash the floor rinsing frequently and with an abundance of water. Never use excessive amounts of detergent unless the floor is particularly dirty and correct rinsing of the floor is anticipated during cleaning.


AT REGULAR INTERVALS:
Carry out a degreasing washing using FILA PS/87 diluted in water (1:20) (if possible in hot water as it increase effectiveness) then rinse with an abundance of water; or, where a descaling washing proves necessary, use FILA DETERDEK diluted in water (1:20) (if possible in hot water as it increase effectiveness) then rinse with an abundance of water.
WARNING
Should some areas of the floor remain dirty, repeat the descaling washing with a higher concentration of cleaner. The operator in charge of this maintenance procedure must always test the solution on a small area of the floor. For large surfaces, the use of washer-drying machines is recommended, as well as neutral detergents such as FILACLEANER diluted in water from 1:100 to 1:200 depending on the needs.


CLEANING METHODS
During cleaning, it is advisable to reduce the use of strongly abrasive cleaning methods to an absolute minimum, especially on tiles with a smooth texture (glossy and/or satin finish), as they can be more vulnerable to scratches and loss of brilliance.

For floor and wall tiles with metal profiles, please read the PDF below with useful instructions for cleaning

 

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PROTECTING AGAINST ABRASIVE DIRT


Some types of dirt, for example sand, increase the abrasive effect of pedestrian traffic on the surface, therefore, it is recommended to keep the floor as clean as possible in order to prevent the build-up of this kind of dirt from outside. We recommend the use of a doormat designed to retain moisture (fixed or mobile doormats depending on the destination of use of the area) and to place it to so as to cover the entire length of the entrance.

In the event of dirt resistant to the ordinary cleaning, use a suitable detergent for the particular kind of dirt. Read the specific advice below.

Extraordinary maintenance

The recommendations above are the result of laboratory research and years of experience in the industry. However, the cleanability of a material can vary considerably depending on the installation, conditions of use, types of surface and area.
Generally speaking, the more the anti-slip feature of a tile increases the more difficult the cleaning will be.


The operator in charge of the cleaning and maintenance procedures must always carry out an empirical examination on a small section of the surface prior to any type of cleaning and/or maintenance operation. In case of particularly difficult conditions of use, incorrect installation and/or wrong cleaning, Ceramiche Marca Corona will not be
liable for the effectiveness of cleaning and maintenance procedures.

It is understood that Ceramiche Marca Corona will not be liable for any events, damages and/or faults on the surface caused by incorrect installation, neglectful cleaning and maintenance and/or inadequate selection of the installed materials with respect to the destination of use.