You’d be surprised to hear just how many people believe tiles clean themselves, as great as this would be it is just not the reality.
There are plenty of methods out there to keep your tiles looking new but here at Tile Plus, we have actual solutions that work.
First of all, tiled areas do require constant love to keep them in tip-top shape, this can range from a daily wipe down of wet areas like showers and splashbacks to a weekly or monthly full mop with tile cleaning chemicals.
Some installers will cut corners when finishing off tiles and not use the correct product for the job. For example, all exposed silicone MUST be an acetic cure as this will prevent mold from growing. Neutral cure silicones have their uses but finishing tiles is not one of them.
Another option to further protect tiles is to have your installer apply a sealer over the finished product. This is a great idea if you have porous tiles like natural stone or a cement type tile. This step will also protect the grout from collecting mineral buildups and just plain old gunk that comes off us when we shower like dead skin cells and oils.
Pick a low maintenance tile if you are not wanting to constantly keep on top of cleaning, Glazed ceramics are a great option here as they are very resistant to dirt and can often just be swept instead of having to get down and scrub.
Grout is probably the most notable area where cleaning is essential, there isn’t any easy way to clean grout other than using a grout brush or even just an old toothbrush. Many products for cleaning grout exist but I would only recommend them as a last resort as many of these contain acids which eat away at the top layer of grout and may even damage tiles.
Sealers will help prevent the need to clean the grout as they put a protective barrier over the grout, these are usually needed to be reapplied now and then so read recommended practice on the back of the package.
When having tiles installed there are two common options for grout, cement-based and epoxy based. Cement-based grouts are by far the most common as they are cheap and do the job but epoxy grouts are insanely durable and usually mold resistant. Epoxy grout also has the benefit of being slightly flexible and extremely durable due to the two-part system. This will prevent cracking and discoloration where cement grouts will crack if subject to movement.
One of the easiest, fastest, and most effective steps you can take is to regularly sweep and moisten your bathroom, hallway, and kitchen with tiles. A quick sweeping and vacuuming will remove dirt and grime before it can settle in the tile or grout. To remove the dirt and prevent it from drying out on the tiles, sweep or vacuum the tile floor at least once a week.
Avoid using hard chemicals such as bleach or other cleaning agents on the tile floor as this could damage the sealants on the tile. After wiping it, rinse the floor with water to remove any detergents left on it. Rinse and wipe your bathroom tiles at least once a week to prevent mold and mold.
Use a squeegee on tiles with a gloss finish in wet areas just like you would on the glass to prevent soap scum from forming on the surface which in turn will make the finish of the tiles look dirty and is essentially impossible to remove without harsh chemicals that can damage tiles and grout.
Some stains and grout problems may be beyond repair with just cleaning, get in contact with Tile Plus today and ask us how we can help. We offer a re-grouting and tile replacement services at competitive prices