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 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 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.
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: Grout lines are commonly known as the hardest part of maintaining a tiled surface. Dirty grout is a breeding ground for mould which can pose a serious health risk for you and your family. In between annual Professional Tile Cleans 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.
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.
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!