There’s nothing better than finishing a home DIY project, like tiling your kitchen or your bathroom, and taking a step back to admire all your hard work. The finish is perfect, it looks like it was done by a professional and is so pristine and immaculate that you could weep.
But how long is that honeymoon period really going to last? A month? Maybe just a couple of weeks? Tiles need maintaining like any other part of your home, and with these top tips it can last much, much longer giving you more time to enjoy that professional look and a ‘brand new’ feel.
1. Regular Cleaning Is Vital
All kinds of tile need regular cleaning to ensure they not only look their best, but also to ensure that they don’t become damaged or worn over time. Loose dirt and dust can get ground into the face of the tile as well as the grout lines, causing damage to the tile as well as the seal and grout in between.
Be sure to regularly wipe tiles down to get rid of any dirt to avoid any stains or grime becoming ‘set in’, but be careful about the cleaner you use – products that are too strong might affect the seal of your tile and could strip the ‘shiny’ finish.
2. Keep Stained Grout Clean
Due to the nature of the material, you’ll find your tile’s grouting attracting much more dirt and grime than the actual tiles themselves and it’s much easier for stains to get ‘locked in’ to grouting, which is all the more reason to keep it clean. You can often use the same kind of cleaning products for getting rid of stains from tile grouting as you can on the tiles themselves.
If a stain has set in and can’t be removed, it may be necessary to remove the grout using a grout removal tool (which you can get from a tile supplier) to get down to ‘clean’ grout, before applying some more.
3. Re-Seal Grout Regularly
Unlike most tiles, particularly ceramic tiles, the grout in between the tiles is not sealed making it the ideal breeding ground for dirt and grime to spread and set in. How regularly you need to re-seal the grout depends on where the tiles are. If it’s in a kitchen or conservatory, then every two to three years is usually fine, but annual re-sealing is necessary for shower enclosures and possibly bathrooms as well.
Before re-sealing clean and dry the grout, and use the included applicator or a thin paint brush to apply the grout sealer. Use a sponge or wet paper towel afterwards to keep any of the sealer off the edges of the tiles.
4. Remember To Keep Those Spares
When you, or perhaps the contractor who did the tiling work, bought the tiles for your kitchen or bathroom it’s likely that you were advised to buy more tiles than the job actually require – usually around 10-15% more
5. Sweep & Mop Tiled Flooring
This kind of follows on from keeping your tiles clean on a regular basis, but this kind of maintenance specifically relates to floor tiles. One of the advantages of tiled flooring is that it’s incredibly easy to keep clean, which is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms alike. Simple regular sweeping and vacuuming will help keep most dust and dirt at bay; be sure, though, to use the correct setting on your vacuum cleaner which raises the brushes normally used on carpets. This will stop the hard brushes scratching and damaging your tiles.
Regular mopping will help get rid of any stains or grime build up that your floor tiles might be suffering from, and stopping any stains from setting in or grime getting worked into the grouting.
This post was written by Tom McShane, a professional writer by day and, in his spare time, a domestic god. You’ll usually find Tom sprucing up his home, particularly his bathroom, which he likes to keep looking as new as possible, boasting great quality bathroom tiles from Crown Tiles.