Keep Your Tile in Tip-Top Shape
The effects of time, traffic, life and living, are going to take their toll on any tiled surface and it’s up to you to know how to make the most of it. Keeping your tile as clean and beautiful as it was when you first purchased is all about knowledge and upkeep. Understanding the best methods to care for your tile will help maintain its beauty and keep it close to its original condition.
Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining Your Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tile is the low maintenance and high reward. To keep your tiled walls and floors tile looking their best year after year, keep this simple tips in mind.
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Don’t use everyday soap or detergent to clean your tile or stone. These cleaners will only leave a filmy residue that will dull the surface and encourage mildew to grow. You’ll find that your tile will look cloudy, dull and dirty, all of which you’re trying to avoid!
Do clean your floors with mild detergent but it is important to use hot clean water so that any residue will not remain on the floors.
Do clean your tile and stone with a small amount of tile cleaner and warm water using a soft cotton cloth or damp sponge.
Don’t use abrasive items like steel wool pads or scouring powder to clean your tile or stone. You’ll see that the harshness of these materials will scratch or dull the surface of the tile. What’s worse is that any pieces of the steel material left on grout will cause rust stains.
Do be sure to choose a non-acidic, non-alkaline, neutral tile cleaner. When you use heavy alkaline cleaners, the tile will end up with residue buildup that’s nearly possible to get rid of. Plus, that residue will only attract more dirt.
Do use a heavy duty, full-strength tile-cleaning solution for extremely dirty ceramic and porcelain floors.
Don’t use an ammonia-based or highly acidic cleaning solution. Doing so can easily change the grout color that you so thoughtfully chose for your pattern.
Don’t use acids like vinegar or bleach to try to clean your tile. These everyday liquids can also negatively affect your grout and put a film on the tile surface or cause costly damage to natural stone by stripping the finish.
Do act quickly when spills occur. Being fast on your feet to clean it up can avoid the costly damage of grout stains.
Don’t mindlessly move heavy objects with metal feet or furniture across your tiled floors. Take the proper precautions by asking your family instead of trying to move that grand piano or couch all by yourself!
Do remember, if a repair is necessary, the replacement product may be a slightly different dye lot and/or texture than the original tile. It is best to have extra boxes from the original installation in order to avoid this.
Care and Maintenance of Tile Grout
Grout may require cleaning attention because it’s so susceptible to stains. Applying a silicone sealer to grout joints can be a great idea for the maximum protection. One common grouting trouble spot is the joint between the tub and the wall of the bathroom. As your house or tub settles, the grout can crack or crumble, but worry not. It’s relatively simple to fix. Remove the old grout with a sharp, pointed tool, being careful not to scratch tile or tub. Next dry the joint thoroughly and fill it with a flexible caulking compound, like silicone rubber caulking.
With a little love and care for your tile and grout, you can easily enjoy it for years to come!