Although Porcelain tiles are water-resistant, regular use of corrosive chemicals to wash porcelain tiles when stained can erode the surface and expose it to damage by increasing its water absorption rate. Does Fabuloso contain corrosive chemicals that can damage porcelain tiles?
Can You Use Fabuloso on Porcelain Tiles?
Fabuloso is safe on porcelain tiles, as it does not contain chemicals that can damage them. Products containing ammonia, bleach, or any acid-based cleaner should not be used on porcelain tiles as they not only damage these tiles & the grout but also loosen them. However, Fabuloso does not contain any of these chemicals.
Tile grout usually gets dirty before the tile surface area because dirt gets trapped there easily. Grout is also more sensitive to very acidic or alkaline cleaners. Therefore, before using any cleaners on your floor, you must ensure it is pH-balanced, like Fabuloso.
Fabuloso has a neutral pH level – it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline, making it a safe product for porcelain tile. It even has mild disinfectants (such as Hydrogen peroxide and citric acid) that can protect your tiled floor from harmful microorganisms.
Also, it contains surfactants that ensure your tiles are deeply cleaned and fragrances that leave a pleasant smell after cleaning.
Using Fabuloso (Glazed Vs. Non-glazed Porcelain Tiles)
Porcelain tiles can be categorized into two – glazed and unglazed porcelain.
Glazed porcelain tiles are coated using a mixture of oxides (like alumina and silica) and applied to the surface of the tiles so they can be moisture resistant. Unglazed porcelain is in its natural form after manufacturing, i.e., nothing is added to modify the porcelain surface.
Fabuloso cleaner is only safe on glazed porcelain tiles. Using it on unglazed tiles is not advisable for two reasons.
The first is that unglazed porcelain is porous, meaning that the tiles could absorb the cleaner and water and slowly break down.
The second reason is that Fabuloso products contain colorants that can leave residues on unglazed porcelain changing their physical appearance with repeated use.
How Frequently Should You Clean a Porcelain Tile?
Depending on frequent use or foot traffic, you can clean daily or every few days.
Fabuloso is required on porcelain tiles only when you want to do a deep cleaning or remove stubborn dirt that an ordinary mop, warm water, and detergent cannot remove. Therefore you only need to use Fabuloso to clean about once a week.
How to Use Fabuloso on Porcelain Tile?
Using Fabuloso cleaner is easy, but you should use it only when necessary. Protect yourself before cleaning by using gloves to avoid direct contact with your skin.
Also, if you are cleaning an enclosed area like the kitchen, ensure you open windows or doors for ventilation, as some people might find the fumes or smell of the cleaner to be a bit strong.
Vacuum cleaner or broom
Mop or Steam cleaner
Non-metal scrub brush
STEP 1- Sweep the floor to remove dust and dirt on the tile surface. Vacuuming may do a more thorough job, however.
STEP 2- If the grout lines have dirt trapped in them, gently clean them with a small brush to remove stubborn dirt.
STEP 3- Pour about ¼ cup of Fabuloso into a gallon of warm water and gently use this solution on the tiled floor with a mopping stick.
If you have a steam cleaner, use it instead of a mop. Put prepared Fabuloso cleaner mixed with water in the steamer. Steam cleaner is more effective in dealing with stubborn dirt and stains.
The steamer also sanitizes the cleaning surface by heating it with the steam of up 245 degrees Fahrenheit. This will make sure that all germs on the floor surface are killed. However, you should use a face mask to protect yourself from inhaling the steam.
STEP 4- After thoroughly mopping or steaming, let the floor dry. Some people may decide to rinse the floor off. However, Fabuloso does not need to be rinsed off floor surfaces according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 5- If you still see dirt, sprinkle the mixed Fabuloso solution, baking soda, and water and mop again.
STEP 6- Use a dry towel or microfiber cloth to dry the cleaned area. If it is an enclosed area, open the window or switch on a fan to allow fresh air to dry the tiles.
If the floor area is large, clean it in sections after vacuuming and allow one part to dry completely before moving to another.
What Should You Not Use on Porcelain Tiles?
Porcelain tiles are solid and durable, no doubt, but they can get damaged if you are negligent in taking care of them. Do not use the following things on them:
● Highly corrosive products like ammonia or bleach.
● Abrasive materials like steel wool since they cause scratches on the tiles’ surface.
● Colored cleaners, including Fabuloso, on unglazed porcelain tiles, or else you risk permanently staining them.
● Metallic brushes.
General Tips to Maintain Your Porcelain Ties
● Allowing dust and dirt to settle for a long time can cause the tiles to look unattractive. If the tiled area receives high traffic daily, you might need to sweep or vacuum daily.
● Clean liquid spills as soon as they occur. Use a soft brush or microfiber cloth to clean immediately.
● Pay attention to your grout lines. Use a small brush to clean it immediately after you discover it is getting discolored.
Your glazed porcelain tile is safe with Fabuloso as it has no hazardous chemicals that can damage the tiles. Also, only use Fabuloso for deep cleaning to avoid damaging the grout lines of your tiles.