In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we continue with the most common questions about tile flooring:

Q. Is it necessary to use a sealant on the new tile?

A. Since tile is a natural, environmentally friendly product that resists water, it is not necessary to seal most glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles. During grouting, your installer may use a temporary sealer to protect the tile from the grout, but this is removed after that process is completed. Natural stone products are porous, however, and will need to be protected with a sealer.

Q. How much time will it take to maintain my tile?

A. It is not much different than cleaning any other type of surface. Wipe up spills promptly with water and a clean white cloth, and frequently sweep or dust mop. Wash your floor tiles regularly with manufacturer’s suggested cleaning products, and then rinse with clean water. Don’t use detergents, abrasive cleaners, or “mop and shine” products. Don’t use a beater bar when vacuuming your tile. Your sales associate can give you more specific information about maintaining the specific tile you are purchasing.

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