How to Maintain Your Tile and Grout after Sealing

You’ve sealed your beautiful tile floor and now you want to keep it looking like new for as long as you possibly can. But how? What’s the proper method for maintaining your sealed floor? Well, we’re glad you asked. Our Maintenance Cleaner is the answer.

Vinegar is for Salads

People are always suggesting vinegar and water for cleaning floors. Vinegar, however, is highly acidic and that acid will open the pores of the grout every time you clean it. That lets dirty water seep in and makes your grout lines dirty over time.

Others recommend bleach, which is an alkaline cleaner. Most of your store-bought cleaners will be either alkaline or acidic. But anything other than a neutral pH cleaner will break down your sealer prematurely. That’s where our Maintenance Cleaner comes in. It’s neutral on the pH scale, just like water, but it includes surfactants that break down dirt and grime.

Using a neutral cleaner, you should be able to get five years wear out of your sealer. If you use one of the stronger cleaners, the sealer will start to break down after just a few washings.

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Remain Neutral

It’s not difficult to maintain your tile and grout. Mop your floor using a neutral pH cleaner. You can use any type of mop you like, but you may want to consider using a microfiber mop. The “fingers” get into the grout lines and any grooves in the flooring, making sure the cleaner gets in to do its work. Our stand-up grout brush is a good choice for spot treating the areas that get dirtiest: high traffic areas or the area around your stove. Apply the cleaner to the area, give it a gentle scrub and then wipe it up.

Drying is Just as Important as the Washing

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to maintaining your tile and grout is drying up the dirty water after you mop. The grout is lower than the tile. It’s the lowest part of the floor, and water always finds the lowest point. Every time you mop, you leave a little bit of water behind, and the water goes into those grout lines. Then the water evaporates, leaving the dirt behind. Over time, you start to see the grout lines get darker and darker. Drying your floor after mopping prevents this.

Count on Clean-eez for rock-solid advice about how to clean your surfaces.

Thanks for using Clean-eez products. Remember to match the cleaner to the type of surface being cleaned. Check out the how-to videos and blogs on the website and social media for more information.


  • Elaina D'Agostino: August 09, 2023

    I liked your advice about using a pH-neutral cleaner and a microfiber mop when cleaning the tiles. We have a pH-neutral cleaner at home because my mom prefers that. It’s nice to know we’re already on the right track since we plan on switching to tile flooring soon.

  • Bella Acorn: March 22, 2023

    Hello, all this information was very helpful. Thank you very much! Keep posting such kind of info on your blog. I’m really impressed by it.

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