Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tiles

Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tiles

After laying your ceramic tiles, you will naturally want to keep them as beautiful as possible. Ceramic tiles require very little maintenance. After the first cleaning, regular vacuuming, and weekly mopping are sufficient. However, it is best not to use just any cleaning product for this. Let us explain how it works!

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Cleaning Ceramic Tiles After Installation

Once the tiles have been installed and grouted, you should clean the floor after a few days to remove the cement residue formed during grouting. This residue must be adequately removed; otherwise, it will be impossible to maintain the ceramic tile floor properly.

Tip: Rent a wet vacuum cleaner. This will save you a lot of work.

The best results are obtained with a quick cement haze remover with diluted hydrochloric acid. Be careful with stainless steel, chrome, bare metal, wood, plastics, painted and lacquered surfaces. These acids present in these products are not suitable for chalky types of natural stone. If you have such types, make sure to use a good brand of acid-free cement residue remover for this purpose. Such products are usually less aggressive than quick cement scum removers.

Depending on the type and severity of the cement veil present, you can dilute the cement veil remover to 1: 4 – 1:20 and apply it to the pre-moistened floor. Ensure that the floor heating is turned off and that the ceramic tiles have reached their natural temperature. Allow the product to act for a few minutes while scrubbing the floor. Do not let the floor dry and absorb the contaminated water with a mop or, better yet, with a wet vacuum cleaner. Then rinse the ceramic tiles thoroughly with clean water.

Tip: Put a defoamer in the wet vacuum cleaner to reduce the formation of foam.

Maintenance of Ceramic Tiles

To maintain the tiles after the first deep clean, the best thing to do is clean the floor with a product that is as neutral as possible. You can look for ceramic tile scrubbing wax. This product usually has a double effect: On the one hand, it cleans the floor thoroughly without leaving a greasy film and, on the other hand, it improves the colour and shine of the ceramic tiles. Besides, it makes the floor a little more resistant to dirt. A good splash in the mop water is enough. You can polish the floor after drying it with a clean, dry cloth to give it a shine.

You mustn’t use a cleaning product with soap (green), or oil components, because these form layers on the ceramic tiles. Every fingerprint becomes visible, and dust, hair, and crumbs also stick to the tile. Dirt will easily stick between these layers, and in the end, your floor will look like it was never spotless, even if you have just mopped it.

Removing Dullness or Dark Stains From Ceramic Tiles

If you have that dullness on your ceramic tiles, it’s essential to remove it. You can look for products specially developed for fast and thorough removal of old and stubborn dirt, as well as old wax and polymer films. It is essential that the floor heating is turned off and the ceramic tiles are cool before starting. Depending on the type of dirt, you can apply the cleaning agent pure or diluted 1:5 on the ceramic tiles. Let it act for about 10 minutes, but do not allow the floor to dry. Then scrub the floor thoroughly and absorb the diluted solution with a damp mop or vacuum cleaner. Then rinse the floor again and re-absorb this water in the same manner.

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Which Bathroom Floor Covering to Choose

The bathroom floors can be adorned with different materials by considering the style, installation, ease of maintenance, price… it is not easy to make a choice. This post will help you to consider the right criteria to choose a quality, moisture-resistant, and durable covering.

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom

The bathroom flooring materials must be able to withstand moisture, splash water, and stains. Another requirement is that the bathroom floor covering must not be slippery. The next step is to choose from the many possibilities, depending on your taste and budget.

Resistance and ease of installation

There are several criteria to consider before choosing between the different types of bathroom floors:

– Water resistance: humidity reigns supreme and splashes of water are common, the impermeability of the floor covering is an essential selection criterion.

The degree of slipperiness: opt for a non-slip covering. Request more info from your flooring supplier for the best rating (pendulum test value) determining the barefoot adhesion.

– Scratch and stain resistance: the bathroom is the place to get rid of accumulated dirt. It is also where stains from cosmetic products (shampoo, cream) can accumulate. For perfect hygiene, the chosen floor covering must therefore not only be resistant but also easy to maintain.

– Ease of installation: this is an important criterion, especially if you are not an experienced do-it-yourselfer, knowing that a flexible flooring is generally easier to install.

– The style of the bathroom: the floor covering will have to match the decoration of the walls, but also the furniture. Waxed concrete, for example, will go perfectly with a modern bathroom, while solid parquet will enhance rustic-style furniture and bathroom fixtures.

– The budget: the purchase cost of the floor covering should be compared with its eventual installation cost and durability.

Which covering for which floor?

If you wish to avoid having to remove the old floor covering, it is possible to install a new floor covering on parquet, tiles, vinyl or plastic flooring. But be careful, preparation may be required, such as patching to prevent the tile joints from reappearing over time under a vinyl floor, for example, and also to fill small cracks and imperfections.

Note: The underlayment of some floor coverings allows small differences in level to be made up without the need for patching.

Bathroom floor coverings: the main materials used

The tiling
Tile comes in a wide variety of aspects, colors, and of course materials, but not all are ideal in a bathroom. The most suitable for the floor in this room is full-body porcelain stoneware, which is made of pressed stoneware and vitrified at high temperatures. Durable, waterproof, it is also very resistant to scratches and stains. It is available in many colors and finishes and also allows material effects (wood, concrete, or metal for example).

Cement tile
The cement tile is very decorative in a bathroom as in other rooms of the house, with its unique colors and patterns. It is made from white cement, water, white marble powder, sand, and colored pigments that are traditionally worked by hand.
Although it is very resistant and decorative, one must take into account its significant thickness (16 mm) and weight (about 35 kilos per square meter). It must, therefore, be laid on a resistant, stable, and flat floor (old tiles or cement screed).

The choice is vast between solid parquet and engineered parquet.
– Solid parquet is onerous and requiring regular maintenance, solid parquet is composed of one and the same species of noble wood (for a wet room), but nothing beats its inimitable cachet.
– The engineered parquet is made up of two or three different layers of wood. It is similar in appearance to solid wood but is less expensive. However, it is less resistant over time.
– Another option is exotic wood (teak, bamboo, etc.), which is particularly suitable for humid environments but its price is high.

Hope the above helps you out to make your decision. Remember to share your experience in the section below.

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