Tips & Tricks To Clean and Maintain Your Tiled Surfaces

Tiles are a stylish and durable staple in homes across Australia. Not only are they easy to maintain and clean, but tiles are also a timeless design choice that does not age in the way other surfaces tend to. This makes them a practical and cost-effective option.

Tiles predominantly feature in high traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms because they are easy to clean and don’t permeate stains and spills in the way other materials do. Despite their convenience, tiled surfaces still require attention to preserve the look and feel of them. While tiles are generally easy to maintain, grout lines can be susceptible to stains and mildew build-up. Additionally, some domestic cleaning products can have an adverse effect on the longevity of your tiles. Here are our top tips and tricks to maintaining a clear and durable tiled surface.

 

Protect High Traffic Areas

Tiles are ideal for areas that inherently attract higher foot traffic such as offices, as they are able to absorb the movement better than other surfaces. Tiles are incredibly durable and as such do not discolour or tire easily. The main concern with high traffic tiled surfaces is the build-up of debris and bacteria that accumulates after time.

Even with a rigorous cleaning regime, often this build-up is inevitable. Our tip? Strategically place mats in areas of high foot traffic. This way the mat absorbs the dirt and dust making it easier to extract via mattress cleaning. It also assists in protecting your floor from wear and tear damages. We recommend placing mats in entrance and exit areas as this is the point at which outside dirt enters the home.

 

Regular Cleaning

This may seem like an easy one, but with so many tile cleaning agents on the market, it can get confusing. Tile cleaning is an integral part of maintenance and cleanliness. It eliminates harmful bacteria and ensures that your tiles remain bright and vibrant. There are a few cleaning must-do’s that every tile owner needs to know:

Sweep Before You Wash: Applying cleaning water and cleaning products to an unswept surface may embed dirt and bacteria into the surface. To ensure you’re not causing more damage to your floors, be sure to always sweep and vacuum before you start scrubbing.

Wash Grout With Vinegar: In between annual professional tile cleaning, an effective way to prevent mould is to clean grout lines with vinegar and water. This is a chemical-free way to maintain the health of your tiled surfaces and can be applied regularly.

 

Beware of Soap Residue

We’ve all been there. You spend hours scrubbing your tiles only to realise that there are white streaks or spots that appear once the water has dried. This is often the unfortunate consequence of using cleaning products that are not compatible with tiled surfaces. If you end up with white soap residue, do not fear, simply apply a small amount of vinegar and allow to sit for a few minutes. Rinse with clean water for best results.

 

Dry Thoroughly

Not only does drying your clean tiles thoroughly decrease the risk of foot marks, but it also prevents dust and dirt sticking to your tiled surface. Soap and water spots usually appear when tiles haven’t been dried sufficiently.

 

Enlist a Professional

To preserve the health and look of your tiled surfaces, regular professional cleaning services are essential. Not only does it work to maintain the appearance of your tiles, but it’s essential in providing a clean, sanitised and safe surface for you and your family. Unfortunately, there is no domestic cleaning agent on the planet that is able to penetrate beneath the surface to treat grease, stains and discolouration. Professional Tile Cleaning is the only way to safeguard against the build-up of harmful bacteria and debris such as mould. The only way to prevent the development of tile mould is through a sanitising process that combines high heat with high-pressure cleaning. Melbourne Carpet and Tile Cleaning come equipped with the Truckmount system that combines the latest technology to sanitise and restore the health of your tiles.

 

Grout Sealing

The sealant substance that is used to seal grout wears off over time, especially in areas of high use. When this substance wears off, the tiled area becomes susceptible to an increase in germs and bacteria. Once this process begins, bacteria and dirt soon become trapped and are unable to be removed from regular cleaning agents. This, in turn, compromises the entire look of the tile, which can become discoloured and stained.

Re-sealing the grout on your tiled surface will provide an extra layer of protection against mould and bacteria. It also restores the look and feel of the area, breathing new life into your tiled surface. Our Grout Sealing service is proven to simplify your cleaning process and prolong the life of your tiles saving you time and money!

The Benefits of Professional Tile Cleaning

There are many myths surrounding Tile Cleaning Services. While from an external level, professional tile cleaning may appear to be purely about enhancing the outward appearance of your floors, but there is so much more under the surface. There is no domestic cleaning product on the planet that can completely sanitise and cleanse tiles surfaces. While a regular cleaning routine may appear to reduce the appearance of grease, stains and discolouration, the hard fact is that once these symptoms rear their ugly head, they signify a deeper problem that requires a more specialized approach.

 

Tiles are a stylish stable for most homes. Whether they be on your floors, walls, shower or splashback, they remain a fashionable must-have for all homes, old and new. Not only does a professional tile clean work to pro-long the look and feel of your surfaces, but it’s imperative to decrease the chance of health hazards such as slippery floors and mould build-up. Here at Melbourne Carpet and Tile Cleaning we specialise in restoring tiled areas to their original glory whilst giving you the tools to maintain them. Here’s how a professional tile and grout clean could transform your home or business.

 

Longevity:

It’s no secret that professional cleaning will dramatically improve the wear of your surfaces. If your tiles have already started to discolour or cracks are starting to appear: it’s time to act. Our team of experts do a pre-clean inspection to identify areas of concern and will formulate a plan accordingly. Professional cleaning will also prolong the amount of time your surfaces stay clean for, and will dramatically reduce the time needed for maintenance cleans.

 

Health:

Maintaining clean surfaces is so much bigger that just appearance, in fact a build up of bacteria and debris may be contributing to some underlying health issues. It has been proven that as well as attracting dirt, grout retains bacteria and germs, especially in moist areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The build-up of bacteria in these areas is an ideal place for mould to form and grow. Mould in the home or office can severely impair our immune systems and dramatically increases the bodies susceptibility to allergies. Additionally, mould is a major contributor to certain repository conditions that can often go unnoticed. The only way to prevent the development of tile mould is through a sanitising process that combines high heat with high pressure cleaning. Melbourne Carpet and Tile Cleaningare at the forefront of the industry with the ‘Truckmount’ system that combines the latest technology to sanitise and restore your tiles.

 

Look:

Many people spend thousands of dollars in the hopes of achieving a fresh, new look for their homes and office spaces. What many people are unaware of is the results a simple professional clean can have on a tiled space. Industrial tile and grout machinery has the capability to give any tiled surface a fresh look that will completely change the look of the space overall.

 

To dramatically improve the appearance, feel and functionality of your tiled spaces contact Melbourne Carpet and Tile Cleaning’. Our experts use the latest technology to effectively eliminate germs and restore your tiled spaces to their former glory. Contact us to learn more.

Why Tile & Grout Cleaning Work Better Together

Grout is an essential feature of any tiled area. It functions to keep the tiles in place and to create a tiled look that is unique to the space it inhabits. Unfortunately grout is the number 1 source for bacteria build up and is a prime location for mould. No tile is clean without addressing the grout that underlies it. Regrettably there is no domestic cleaning agent on the market that effectively sanitises grout. That is where the importance of professional cleaning becomes significant. For the optimal appearance and vigour of your tiled surfaces, it is important to choose a company that provides comprehensive tile and grout cleaning services.

 

Although the appearance of tiles is usually the first thing we see when looking at a tiled surface, it is actually the grout that underlies it that becomes stained and discoloured long before the tiles appear to. Consultation is required to evaluate whether the application and maintenance process has been properly adhered to. This will determine the service required to effectively sanitize and restore the look of your tiled area. The sealant substance that is used to seal grout wears off over time, especially in areas of high traffic. When this sealant wears off, the area becomes vulnerable to a build-up of germs and bacteria. This in turn compromises the entire look of the tile, which can become discoloured and stained.

 

Melbourne Carpet & Tile Cleaning uses a specialized combination of debris removal and grout re-sealing to pressure wash and remove foreign particles from the tile surface and grout base collectively. This dual approach ensures thorough extraction and low dry times, making it the most effective approach on the market. An integral aspect of our success is our grout sealing process that works to introduce an added barrier of protection. This will safeguard your surfaces against future spills, soiling and discolouration while prohibiting bacteria and mould from re-entering the grout. The grout sealing process will revolutionize your cleaning routine, as all that is required is a simple wipe down to remove any debris, as no bacteria or germs are able to penetrate beneath the sealed surface.

 

As the harmful bacteria and mould lives within grout and infiltrates out to your tiles, it makes sense to employ a dual approach that sanitizes your surface as a whole. By using the ‘Truckmount’ system, we are able to provide a comprehensive cleaning services that addresses grout and tiles collectively. We service the Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula areas and are dedicated to eliminating the debris that lies on and beneath your tiled surfaces. For an all-inclusive consultation contact one of our experts today.