Keep your tiles clean with our Tile Cleaning Tips!!
1. Welcome to our Tile Cleaning Tips Page.
There are different types of tiles. These are:
Ceramic tiles which can be glazed or unglazed.
Natural stone products like limestone, marble, granite and slate.
Tiles are used in different parts of the house. On the floors, walls, bathrooms etc, even on parts of the outside of the house and they also have lots of commercial uses.
We will start with Ceramic tiles as these are widely popular in the household. Cleaning of the other types of tiles will be brought to you as we develop this site further.
So without further ado let me give you our Tile Cleaning Tips!
2. Cleaning Ceramic Tiles.
Ceramic tiles are vary popular as their features work well in today's modern homes. Ceramic tiles vary in colour, size, style, and of course the cost.
They are very popular because of both their beauty and because they clean up easily. Whether the ceramic tiles are used on the floor or the wall, ceramic tile are easily maintained if you follow just a few standard procedures in there cleaning and maintenance.
3. Before you start cleaning.
The first step in maintenance is the sealing of the tile (if necessary) and the grout (if necessary).
Generally, glazed tiles require no sealers. Some unglazed tiles require no sealers.
Know the type of tile you are installing (or find out if it is already installed).
Test it with a small amount of water. If the surface darkens, it absorbs water and needs to be sealed.
Generally, cementitious grouts require sealing while specialty grouts like epoxy and furans do not.
If the grout darkens with water, it needs a sealer.
4. Everyday Cleaning.
Tile maintenance should progress from the least invasive to the extreme. Never start off with the most drastic solution to solve a cleaning situation.
All tiles regardless of type should be cleaned regularly with water. Immediately wipe up spills and messes. By cleaning ceramic tiles daily with plain water (or pH balanced cleaners and soap less detergents) and drying them thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth, you will avoid any mold, mildew dirt and grime build up that will collect on it's surface.
5. Grout Cleaning.
Grout holds ceramic tiles together. It is a type of glue, or actually cement and sand combined with acrylics and silicon.
Grout, especially unsealed grout will collect dirt and grime and will stain easily.
If your grout has stained or discoloured and the ceramic tile is dull, first of all agitate grout joints with a soft bristled brush to loosen debris. Then make a solution of 1/4 cup of mild detergent with 1 gallon of water. Take your sponge with the cleaning solution, and carefully scrub and clean the areas that are stained and dull. Thoroughly rinse, dry with a cotton towel or cleaning rag, and polish cleaned areas.
6. Heavy duty Grout Cleaning.
Acidic cleaners will eventually erode the grout in the joint, making cleaning and maintenance more and more problematic. This is especially true if using acidic cleaners on sanded grout installations. This is due to the tendency of the acids to eat away the smaller aggregates first leaving the larger stain attracting aggregates in their place.
An attempt should be made to solve the cleaning problem with high quality pH balanced cleaners. These can include non-staining household scouring powders or poultices manufactured for this purpose. Be sure to agitate the cleaners again with a soft bristled brush to loosen stubborn grime.
A good practice is to allow the cleaner to rest on the surface for a while to take advantage of the cleaners maximum potential. If the results are not acceptable, high alkaline cleaners are the next step. These cleaners are recognized by their names like: "heavy duty" or "deep clean."
On large areas, it is perfectly acceptable to use commercial buffing machines to clean tile and grout. The important consideration is the type of cleaner and the thorough rinse following the deep cleaning.
If the result are not satisfactory using the PH balanced cleaners, it may be necessary to use a acidic solution to solve a particular problem. Sulfamic and phosphoric acids are the safest and most used acids used in solving tile and grout cleaning problems.
These two acids have very specific mixing and application recommendations that must be followed to the letter.
Regardless, thoroughly rinse the cleaned area, dry, and polish.
Following an intense deep cleaning, especially if an acid was used, a good practice is to reseal the affected grout areas.
11. Updates are ongoing.
More information about Tile Cleaning Tips will be given as we develop this site further. Please bear with us as we gather the relevant information.