Ceramic tile should be sealed before and after setting, and again in one year. Tile can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild soap. If bronze inserts become dusty or need cleaning, you may use a soft cloth and/or toothbrush with Pledge furniture polish. Silicon Bronze will darken with time, especially in wet or outdoor areas. It can be brightened by polishing with a mild Scotchbrite pad and sealing with Johnson’s Paste Wax. DO NOT use grout cleaners on bronze tiles. Grout cleaners contain strong acids which will change the color and finish.
Bronze Tile Care
To maintain the shine of your tiles or if your tiles are merely dusty, use Pledge furniture polish sprayed on a soft cloth or toothbrush. If necessary, clean with a soft cloth and mild soap. DO NOT use grout cleaners on bronze tiles. Grout cleaners contain strong acids which will change the color and finish. A slight variation in patina color is a natural result of the chemical patina process. Silicon (golden) bronze will develop a deeper bronze color with time, and when used outdoors, will darken faster, as would a bronze sculpture. If your tiles become darker than you would like, polish with a mild Scotchbrite pad - 3M only, from any grocery or hardware store (not the kind with a sponge on one side). After achieving the desired finish, apply a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax and buff with a soft dry cloth to seal it. Silvertone (Nickel Bronze) will not darken unless exposed to harsh chemicals.