Ceramic and porcelain tile will not be damaged by most common household cleaners. It would take something very caustic chemical to mar the finish on a hard fired, glazed tile; certainly not a chemical that you would have indoors.
The grout between the tiles, on the other hand, is directly affected by what chemicals you use to clean the floor. Use the wrong cleaner and you could set yourself up for a big maintenance headache right from the start. For years, common household cleaners like: Vinegar, bleach, ammonia and have been used to maintain ceramic and porcelain tile grout. In fact, many professionals actually recommend using vinegar every time your mop.
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Vinegar (a mild acid) works great to eliminate streaks, but it also tends to open the pores of your grout making it even more absorbent. When this happens, even regular mopping will make your grout look worse.
The more you mop, the darker the grout becomes as it continually absorbs dirt and spills. You know how your grout darkens when you mop the floor, and then slowly dries back up lighter?
Every time that happens, any dirt in your mop water just found its way into your grout joints, slowly ruining the look of the room and permanently changing your grout color to a sick shade of yuck.
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