Cement tiles have become quite popular in the last year or so and many people are uninformed of the care and maintenance that is needed to upkeep cement tiles. Here is some important information from Sabine Hill — one of our main cement tile manufacturers:
Cement tile surfaces must be cleaned, free of grease, oil, dirt, wax or any other foreign matter including grout release material. Apply a high quality penetrating sealer for cement and concrete tiles and carefully follow the sealer manufacturer’s instructions.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Do NOT use any acids or alkalines to clean tiles. Use a PH neutral cleaner and fine sandpaper to remove any stains or residues. Do not allow water or other liquids to spot, pond, or ring on the surface of the tiles. Cement tiles should be regularly mopped with clear water. A cap-full of liquid wax may be added to the water to improve the tiles natural sheen. Never use acids to clean the tiles as they will damage it.
Cement tiles are manufactured using natural materials. As such, it may be possible that there could be color differences between the original order and tiles ordered and manufactured subsequently, so we strongly suggest carefully calculating how many pieces you will need for your installation and then ordering a few extra pieces.
Keep these guidelines in mind when planning to use cement tile in your home.