A Simple Guide to Maintaining Stunning Tiles and Marble in Your Home

When it comes to your home, it’s what’s on the surface that counts. Taking care of your tiles whether you picked ceramic, marble or stone, is a study in complexity and care.

We’re here to make your journey easier, with this guide as a cheat sheet for gentle cleaning and increasing the lifetime of your carefully selected tiles. It’s a tall order to keep tiles looking as new as the day you moved in, but we'll cover everything from basic cleaning rituals to room-specific tips.

The Basics of Care

Different types of tiles require different cleaning approaches. However, there isn’t much that lukewarm water with a touch of mild, pH-neutral dish soap and a soft mop can't do. This simple solution banishes dust and grime without harsh chemicals or abrasives, which are your floor's sworn enemies. Remember, regular care is key – think of it as a spa day for your surfaces!

Ceramic and Porcelain:

These resilient warriors handle spills gracefully. Tackle messes with water or mild detergent. For stubborn stains, a baking soda paste can work wonders. Remember, though, grout cleaners are for the lines, not the tiles themselves!


Gentle care is key for stoneware, as it's prone to scratches. Regular sealing is crucial due to its porous nature. Stick to mild detergents and avoid harsh chemicals to keep it looking its best.


Spills? Act fast! Terracotta's absorbent nature demands immediate attention. Regular sealing forms a protective shield against stains. Opt for mild detergents and skip acidic cleaners to maintain its charm.

Matching Tiles to Their Destiny (if you haven’t yet already)

In the heart of your home, the kitchen, durability and grease resistance are the guiding stars to tile selection. Porcelain and ceramic, with their textured finishes for extra grip, rule the roost. Marble? While captivating, the constant traffic and spills might require more frequent TLC.

Next, your bathroom, a sanctuary of relaxation, welcomes moisture-loving ceramic and glazed ceramic as its champions. Slip-resistant options ensure every step is secure. While marble's elegance is undeniable, the constant moisture can lead to etching. Consider sealed, honed marble if your heart desires its luxurious touch.

Finally, the living area is your canvas for self-expression. Let your personality shine through, from warm terracotta's rustic charm to sleek porcelain's modern minimalism. High-traffic areas might necessitate tougher tiles, and while marble adds a touch of class, be prepared for potential scratches and etching.

Bonus Tips: Your Floor-Saving Arsenal

Place rugs in entryways to trap dirt and debris before they reach your precious floors. Furniture pads are marble's best friend, preventing unsightly scratches. And for those inevitable mishaps, act fast! Blot spills with a clean cloth and consult specific stain removers for each material. Minor scratches can be buffed out with a polishing compound, while deeper ones require professional help. Regular grout cleaning keeps it sparkling, and remember, diluted vinegar or baking soda paste are your grout's natural allies.


At Appaswamy, we believe your home is more than bricks and mortar – it is a reflection of you. With this guide in hand, you now possess the knowledge to keep your tile and marble floors dazzling. If there is anything else that you would like to add, do let us know in the comments below.


03 Apr 2024

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