A popular flooring choice in high-traffic areas that frequently experience water exposure, tile features nearly limitless design possibilities and excellent durability. Those with tile floors love having a hard surface that’s relatively easy to clean and resistant to staining.
Tile isn’t without maintenance concerns, however, and after a few years, you may notice that your tile is looking less than spotless.
Here are some quick do’s and don’ts to keep your tile looking fabulous.
The most frequent concern we hear when it comes to cleaning tile is about grout. While this has been eliminated in some aspects with the advent of colored grout, all grout – due to being slightly lower than the tile surface – becomes a stopping point for dirt, dus, and grime. Over time, this can cause extensive staining and discoloration.
The most important thing you can do to prevent staining and discoloration on grout is to have your tile professionally sealed. This should be done at installation, after your grout has cured. Repeat the sealing process every year or two, or as often as needed. Areas of your floor that receive a lot of water exposure may require more frequent sealing than others.
If you notice that your grout is beginning to trap more dust and debris than normal, it’s probably time to have your floors professionally cleaned and resealed.
Keeping your tiles spic-and-span isn’t just about the grout. Most tiles aren’t flat on their surface and exhibit nooks, crannies and raised spots that collect dirt over time. Before you tackle this problem, it’s important to know what type of tile you have. Ceramic tiles may react poorly to abrasive cleaners, which can remove color from the surface; always test a small area before proceeding.
Stone or natural tiles are almost always either polished to a high shine or sealed. For this reason, you should never use steel wool or scrub pads on these tiles, as you may damage the surface.
Vinyl or linoleum tiles often have a thin overlay in order to enhance their shine. Harsh chemicals can cause this to peel and crack, ruining your floor.
Regardless of how well you maintain your tiles, you’re going to need professional help eventually. Inspect your tiles regularly, as damage to one tile can affect the entire structure of your flooring and lead to damage to the adjacent tiles.
If you notice any of the following, it’s time to call in professional help:
With proper care, tile can provide your home with beautiful, functional flooring. We hope that these tips will help extend the life of your floor and hopefully even restore older tile to its former state.
Contact Carpet to Go today to learn more about new tile and other flooring options.