With any bathroom or kitchen, tiles are the key design feature within the room. Bringing both style and practicality, tiles are perfect for such rooms that require a little more TLC. But don’t worry, cleaning and looking after your tiles is easy when you know how. So, let’s take a look at how you can keep your tiles looking as good as new.
Day to Day Care
If you’re talking about floor tiles, a daily sweep to pick up any dust is enough to keep on top of its appearance.
Looking at more long-term cleaning, a vacuum and a mop on a regular basis will keep your floors tiles both hygienic and aesthetically pleasing.
A great way of reducing the amount of debris and dirt spread through your home is to use door mats at entrances. This will help to reduce the amount of time you spend mopping your floor since the mat will collect most of the dirt.
Remember to occasionally shake your mat outside to rid it of the collected debris.
Another great tip for tiled floors is to apply feet to all your furniture. As you can imagine, the constant movement of chairs under table or sofas for example can cause scratches to appear on the tile surface over time. To avoid this, apply feet to the legs of these furniture to help prevent damage and keep your tiles looking better, for longer.
For wall tiles, make sure you spray them with an all-purpose cleaning spray and wipe them down. With bathrooms wall tiles in particular, tiles are prone to water marks as well as toothpaste, shampoo and other bathroom product blemishes.
These are easily managed with regular cleaning with a damp warm sponge and antibacterial spray. If you have gloss tiles this is especially important as the shine of the tile is affected by the before mentioned elements. If you’re wanting to go the extra mile, invest in a Squeegee to wipe down the tiles after showers.
This will stop to water from resting on the surface and ruining the overall look. This works equally as well for glass dividers too.
Tiles are of course totally waterproof and while this is an amazing practical benefit, its also greatly hygienic too. Unlike a carpet for example, tile doesn’t harbour dust and or allergens.
This not only improves the air quality in your home, but is ideal if you have kids and or pets. As well as this, tiles are not affected by UV light, so won’t diminish in color over time as you may find with some other natural materials like wood.
It is important however to check that your tiles are properly grouted and sealed. This stops water from seeping in to places you definitely don’t want it.
Your tiles will need resealing and regrouting over the years, but this is easily done as the tools are readily available at any home or DIY store. Keep an eye on this, as mould can sometimes grow in-between the grout if not properly maintained.