are inorganic, non-metallic materials that
have been heated. Most home tiles in the
UK are made with local clay that contains
a large amount of silicates. Tiles used
in the home are set in a thin plaster-like
substance called grout.
Tile may be purchased glazed or unglazed.
If it has been glazed, it will be much easier
to keep clean. Seal mortar between tiles.
Vacuum regularly, and occasionally damp
mop with plain water to remove soil. Occasionally
for heavier soil use a mild detergent solution,
rinse well, and wipe dry for more shine.
The best and easiest way to clean a ceramic
tile floor is to scrub it with an electric
floor washer or polisher-scrubber. The thorough
cleaning action should brighten the tile
and joints. Use a solution of 1/4 cup low-sudsing
detergent, or 1-2 tablespoons of either
washing soda or tri-sodium phosphate or
commercial floor cleaning powder in 1 gallon
water. Rinse well. When further treatment
is needed, particularly for the grout, apply
a solution of water and chlorine bleach
(liquid or powdered). Let it stand for 20
minutes or so, then mop the floor, rinse
thoroughly and wipe dry. Then wax the floor
for protection and easier care.