Cleaning & Care2020-08-15T09:26:46+00:00


Unglazed stoneware tiles from Klingenberg are equipped with the ceramic surface coating KERAclean during the firing process. This results in maximum cleaning friendliness and insensitivity to all stain-forming agents, which can be easily removed from the surface.

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The ongoing maintenance cleaning is carried out with water and a neutral or alkaline cleaning agent, whereby in addition a cleaning with an acidic cleaner is recommended at regular intervals. In the case of contamination by stains, a cleaner adapted to the type of stain must be used. Depending on the application area, a basic cleaning of the covering with an alkaline cleaner is recommended at certain intervals, which must be absorbed with plenty of clear water after sufficient exposure time and thoroughly rinsed.

Please refer to the manufacturer’s specifications! We recommend that you do not use cleaners with care substances, as they produce a film on the floor ingesand and, if necessary,. can also affect the tread ability of the covering.

Ceramic tiles perform excellently in comparison with other flooring materials, also from the point of view of cleaning and care. This is proven by market research, material testing and practical experience. Almost indestructible beauty and a very high degree of cleaning friendliness are among the superior product advantages of all ceramic wall and floor coverings. At the same time, tiles meet the highest standards in terms of design and functionality - whether in private living rooms or in public buildings.

All glazed and unglazed tiles are characterized by surfaces that offer the best conditions for trouble-free cleaning. If in doubt, please refer to the manufacturer's specifications or contact your specialist tile company. You should also observe the instructions for use or hazard warnings of the respective manufacturer when using special cleaning agents. Do not use detergents containing hydrofluoric acid or their compounds (fluorides). These attack ceramic surfaces even with heavy dilution.

Tiles can only be kept hygienically clean in private households with low levels of soil and, if necessary, with biodegradable, environmentally compatible wipe swipes such as commercially available neutral cleaners. This means that the cleaning and maintenance of tiles is also exemplary in terms of environmental protection. This aspect is increasingly important, e.g. for allergy sufferers or families with young children. With wipers, doormats and so-called "clean-running zones" in entrance areas, you protect your living rooms from heavy pollution.

In addition, the motto also applies when cleaning tiles: Less is (mostly) more! Even stronger everyday contaminants are usually dissolved with a low-dose neutral cleaner. More and sharper cleaning agents rarely lead faster to the finish line. On the contrary: Too strong or incorrect cleaning agents can harm you and the surface covering. You can find out how to remove special stubborn impurities or stains of problematic substances from tiles in a targeted and as gentle manner as possible in our "Spot-removal-Lexicon".

The first cleaning takes place immediately after laying and grouting the covering. It is used to remove building dirt as well as the cement veil that formed during grouting on the top of the tiles. Hardened cement veils, i.e. residues of hydraulically binding laying and grouting materials, can later only be removed by acidic special cleaners. However, these cement veil removers attack cement-based joints. Therefore, protect the joints by soaking and rinse the entire covering thoroughly clear (possibly neutralize) after application.

The maintenance cleaning of tiles to remove everyday dirt is easy. Dry dirt can be turned or sucked in the simplest case. Moisture wiping is carried out using household detergents such as a neutral cleaner or - depending on the type and strength of the contamination - an alkaline or acidic cleaner, depending on the degree of contamination and the area of use. You should do without cleaning products containing care products. These can even be problematic in the long run because they build up a sticky layer of grease, wax or plastic that negatively affects the appearance, hygiene, tread resistance and ease of cleaning of ceramic surfaces.


  1. Choose a suitable cleaning agent.
  2. Allow the detergent some time to infiltrate and dissolve dirt.
  3. Support the cleaning process mechanically with brushes, microfiber covers for wipers, etc. – but do not use pads or brushes with abrasive grain additive!
  4. Remove the dissolved dirt thoroughly by absorbing, rinsing or sucking before drying.

The basic cleaning is an intensive intermediate cleaning, which is indicated in case of major contamination. By using special cleaners, increased exposure time as well as mechanical support reinforced by brushes and possibly abrasive powder, you can thoroughly clean ceramic coverings if necessary.

Tiles of all kinds are generally characterized by their extremely high cleaning friendliness compared to other flooring materials. For example, glazed tiles are extremely "stain-resistant", while in the case of unglazed tiles, the so-called surface coating prevents staining with coloured liquids or oils. For polished porcelain stoneware, many manufacturers recommend impregnating the dry and clean covering immediately after the construction cleaning. This treatment improves the already given care lightness and stain resistance to dirt, oil and dyed liquids.

Unglazed, surface-coated ceramic coverings
Unglazed coverings with factory surface coating ("ceramic sealing") are durable, extremely insensitive to dirt and at the same time easy to clean. Surfaces in such a way do not need and must not be impregnated.

Unglazed, non-surface-coated ceramic coverings
Unglazed, non-surface-coated covering materials should be impregnated as a preventive measure if it is foreseeable that coloured liquids, greases or oils may act on the covering. In some cases, tile manufacturers recommend such surface impregnation immediately after laying (before grouting).

Manufacturers of ceramic tiles and slabs today offer a wide range of tread-proof glazed and unglazed series. These coverings are "tailor-made" for use in commercial, industrial or public areas such as the wet-contaminated barefoot areas in swimming pools, showers, trombones, etc. Tread-proof tiles have flat or - depending on the application - microroughe or profiled surfaces. The grouting must be adapted to the required use and cleaning.

In the commercial or public sector, tread-proof surfaces are the most sensible way to clean them by machine with brush machines, high-pressure cleaners or steam jets. Brushes or pads containing abrasives must not be used under any circumstances, as they reduce the sureness of the steps. Cleaning agents, equipment and drains must be adapted to the type of dirt and application in the public sector. Residues of detergents or disinfectants reduce the non-slip resistance, therefore, a thorough clear rinse must be carried out. Film-forming cleaning agents also negatively affect the sure-footedness.

You can already remove many impurities with warm water, possibly with additives such as vinegar cleaners (e.g. for plant residues) or neutral soaps or alkaline household cleaners (e.g. for greasy residues) and with mechanical support (brushes).

Persistent impurities or stains (usually in the commercial and industrial sector) can be removed with the appropriate cleaning agent or special cleaners. See which stain can be removed with which cleaner in our "Spot-removal-Lexicon".

Attention: All information on the cleaning, care and stain treatment of ceramic tiles is based on the current state of knowledge of material research. However, they are of a general nature and cannot take account of each individual case. Therefore, in any case, pay close attention to the information provided by the cleaning agent manufacturers. If in doubt, contact your tile dealer or tile publisher or ceramic manufacturer. Liability for these notices is excluded.

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