Grease, grime, dust and stains (Coffee, Tea, Fruit Juice, Wine, Gum, Tar, Wax, ink, etc.) can destroy the look of your tiled floors and you need to get rid of these. In this article, we’ll see if Fabuloso can be used on Ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite, glass and other natural stone tiles.
Can you Use Fabuloso on Tile Floors?
You can use Fabuloso on tile floors but not too frequently, because it may leave behind a soapy residue on your tile, even when you use it in the right quantity, forcing you to rinse it off every time you use it. It may also take away the shine from your tile.
Although Fabuloso is a cleaner that is intended to be used on Hard, non-porous surfaces. Traditional unglazed tile and grout are porous in nature.
A build-up of this product from using it in its concentrated form can also permanently damage your tile and you might need to have it restored, which is a costly repair.
Using Fabuloso on Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles are one of the most durable (and one of the most beautiful) tiles out there. After they are made, they are sealed to protect them from the elements and make them more durable than most tiles.
Because they are sealed, Fabuloso can be used on them. You can mop your ceramic tiles with Fabuloso once a week.
Patch test on a single tile that isn’t as visible when using a new cleaner so as to avoid damaging all your tiles.
To clean ceramic tiles, use hot water and a rag or mop for everyday cleaning. Ensure that you do this regularly, combined with vacuuming and keeping dirty shoes from touching the floors.
When you get a stain on your ceramic floors, ensure you handle it immediately using a mild cleaner or even dish soap like dawn mixed with some warm water. Tackling the stain before it sets will deter you from reaching for your harsh cleaners to get rid of the stain.
Using Fabuloso on Porcelain Tile
Fabuloso can be used on porcelain tile because Porcelain tile is made from a blend of clay and other natural minerals which are fired in a furnace. This makes them non-porous in nature.
Ensure that you use ¼ cup of fabuloso and mix it in with a gallon of warm water. You can adjust the soap ratio and use less if you notice a cast or film of soap being left behind.
Avoid chemical cleaners containing ammonia or bleach as they may chip away at the tile making it look worn and have a rough feel to it. (Source) The constant chipping away of the tile by the harsh chemicals in your cleaning agent may also make your tile weaken and eventually crack. It might also eat away at the grout causing your tiles to become wobbly or even come loose.
Using Fabuloso on Glass Tile
Glass tiles are non-porous in nature and no amount of moisture can penetrate these tiles. So Fabuloso can be used on these tiles without worry.
To clean the floor tiles, add ¼ cup of fabuloso to a gallon of water and use it to mop your floors.
For the wall tiles, you can mix a few drops of fabuloso in warm or hot water and put it in a spray bottle, spray a small amount of the product on the wall and wipe it away with either a dry or a dump cloth to ensure that the cleaner does not sit on the surface for too long and leave water marks.
Using Fabuloso on Marble Tile
Marble tiles can be ruined with products with an acidic pH but as far as Fabuloso is concerned, it is safe in this regard due to its neutral pH. However, Marble is porous in nature and requires sealing on a regular basis so using Fabuloso too frequently on marble will eventually ruin its sealant and the cleaner will start to seep through the stone.
Fabuloso can be used in its diluted state on marble when cleaning up a lightly soiled surface or in full strength when using it on tough stains.
Put ¼ cup of fabuloso in a gallon of water and use a rag or a soft sponge and lightly scrub the marble surface. When using full-strength fabuloso, pour a small amount of the product on the stained area you need to clean and lightly scrub. After you clean, rinse the surface with clean water and dry it with a towel to avoid leaving behind soap streaks.
Being gentle when scrubbing a marble surface is important to avoid scratching it. Do not use abrasive scrubbing tools such as a steel wire or a hard scoring pad.
Using Fabuloso on Granite Tile
Granite is a porous stone and cleaners can damage the protective sealant if used too frequently. So Fabuloso should be used only occasionally on Granite tile.
With harsher chemical cleaners, granite would be eroded and its beautiful look would be ruined. This is because the harsh chemical cleaners would chip away at the protective coating and once it reaches the delicate granite, it would eat away at it and eventually damage it.
Using Fabuloso on Other Natural Stone Tile
Limestone is pressurized because it is formed under the bottom of the sea. This makes it porous. Travertine is also a porous stone. Fabuloso should not be used too frequently on these stones even if they are sealed.
When you do need to use it, take ¼ cup of fabuloso and dilute it in a gallon of warm or hot water. Mop your floors with this cleaning solution and only use it a few times a month to avoid damaging the natural stone.
Important Considerations Before Cleaning Tiles with Fabuloso
1- When using fabuloso to wash your tiles, ensure that you use it occasionally, only when trying to achieve a deep clean and use gloves to avoid contact with the skin.
2- Because fabuloso will be added to either warm or hot water, ensure that you open your windows to avoid inhaling the steam since it may lead to laboured breathing or even watery eyes and a running nose. (Source)
3- Use this product away from children and pets and ensure that if used in a concentrated form or used to clean some of your pets’ chew toys or items that can easily be put in their mouths, rinse thoroughly to avoid accidentally poisoning them
Better Way to Clean Tile Floors (2 Steps!)
Mopping your floors or scrubbing with some fabuloso may not always be enough to get your floors looking clean and shiny again. This especially applies to the grout, which is the white or cream binder between the tiles, which ends up absorbing a lot of dirt and takes on a brown or even black colour.
You can deep clean your tiles by:
STEP 1- Vacuum
This is an important step that will loosen up the existing dirt and soil on your floors. Vacuuming your floors every day or every few days will also ensure that the loose dirt doesn’t get matted to your tiles and change their colour.
STEP 2- Mop or Steam Clean
Mopping will clean up most of the loose dirt left behind after vacuuming and leave your tiles relatively clean.
A steam cleaner will effectively lift dirt from the surface of the tile and also from the grout. Many steamers will clean, buff, and sanitize the surfaces by reaching a temperature of between 175 degrees F – 245 degrees F.
This method is simple and natural as it only used water and no harsh chemicals.
Fabuloso can be used on tile floors but ensure that you check what type of stone your tiles are made of to avoid damaging them.
Regularly mopping your floors with a clean mop and clean warm water will ensure that stains and soil do not settle on your tiles, and you won’t have to reach for potentially damaging stronger cleaners.