QUESTIONCleaning Textured Tile - I was wondering we have ceramic tile that is not smooth it has dimples that trap dirt and is very hard to clean is there a product that can be applied to make is smooth so it wont look dirty all the time the only way to clean it is on my hands and knees with a scrub brush.
ANSWERANSWER - There are trade-offs with textured ceramic tiles relative to the degree and type of texture it has on its surface. On one hand the more textured the more slip resistant it will be. On the other had the more texture the more maintenance there will be. The more texture the tile will get dirty easier, you will have to clean it more frequently and it will take more effort to clean. There are tiles that have texture that are slip resistant but don't require a lot more effort to maintain.
The best way to clean textured floors, or any tile floor and its grout, is to use a tile cleaner manufactured for that purpose or a neutral base cleaner and scrub the floor with a brush (make sure it doesn't scratch the tile) on an extended handle so you don't have to get on your hands and knees. Then use a wet and dry vacuum to pick up the dirty water. Rinse if necessary.
Once the tile surface and grout are clean to your satisfaction, then you can take a penetrating type sealer for applying over ceramic tile and apply it to their surface. Within 10 minutes, before it tries, buff dry if with a lent free cloth to avoid streaking and a tacky surface. For a list of cleaning product manufacturers and links to their websites go to our website at www.CTaSC.com and look under Expert Answers' Resource column for Cleaner and Sealers. Good luck.