Glazed ceramic tile is known for its durability and the variety of colors and designs. Ceramic tiles are purchased in dye lots that have the same texture and color. Because an exact replacement match of ceramic tile can be impossible, we urge you to take special care to avoid breaking or damaging the ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is brittle and can be broken by a sharp blow from a heavy object. Take our advice and save all unused tile that you were given for future repairs. You’ll thank us later!
Tile Cleaning: Warm soapy water, a detergent or a commercial tile cleaner can be used to keep your tile bright and shiny. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended tile cleaning products.
Grout Cleaning: Because the grout between the tiles is porous, you may want to consider sealing the grout once a year or so. This will prevent stubborn stains from penetrating the grout and becoming unsightly. Wipe spills away promptly to avoid staining the grout. Routine scrubbing of the grout with warm soapy water will keep it clean and fresh. Cleaners that are to strong can stain the grout. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended tile cleaning and sealing products. Sealers and cleaners can be found at your local hardware store.
Grout Sealing: Water can penetrate grout seams and joints, and will damage materials adjacent to and underneath the tile. This occurs when excessive amounts of water are used during floor washing, or in the bathroom from splashes and spills from the showers, tubs, and sinks. The grout installer applies a silicone based grout sealer prior to close of escrow to reduce staining, mildew, and water penetration. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended tile cleaning products. See manufacturer recommendations for recommended tile sealing products. Grout sealers are available at hardware stores and should be used following manufacturers guidelines.
Seams and Joints: The seams and joints are not waterproof, and require proper maintenance to prevent water seepage and damage of materials adjacent to and underneath the tile. Inspect these areas frequently and apply a silicone caulk to the joint as needed.
Note: Fulton Homes cannot ensure that ceramic tile repairs requiring new material will match the color of the existing tile material or colored grouting. Color variations are normal.