General cleaning and maintenance instructions
by Villeroy & Boch
With ceramic coverings, a distinction should be made between initial and basic cleaning and routine cleaning.
Basic or initial cleaning after completion of tiling work serves to remove any building dirt and cement film. The application of suitable stain-removing cleaning agents may be necessary for other types of soiling at the construction site, such as paint stains.
For routine cleaning, the tiles can be swept, vacuumed or wiped with a damp cloth using a suitable cleaning agent, if required. Detergents that cause a film should not be used with ceramic tiles because they can leave unsightly stripes and cause cleaning problems. The instructions of the cleaning agent manufacturer and recommended dosages should be followed.
Two methods are customarily used:
- Manual cleaning using a broom, scrubbing brush, rubber squeegee and mop.
- Machine cleaning using a single-disc machine, scrubbing suction machine or high-pressure cleaner with spray injection.
With minimum soiling, for example, in private households, we recommend manual cleaning. Cleaning machines are generally used in commercial or public areas where there is a high volume of traffic. The procedure to be used will depend on the space available, the type of dirt and the surfaces to be cleaned (e.g. slip-resistant and textured surfaces) and the size of the area to be cleaned.
Irrespective of the method chosen, the dirt should be removed and not simply allowed to dry onto the surface. The most economical and reliable method is to use a powerful water suction machine. The tiled surface should be dry after completing the cleaning process.