Tile Maintenance Tips Denver
Let Us Floor U, Denver Colorado
The maintenance of your tile floor is an important part of owning tile because it will ensure that your new tile remains as beautiful a few years from now from the day it was installed in your home.
Here's a list of a few basic maintenance tips, as well as some common maintenance challenges and solutions, that will help you get the most longevity out of your new tile surface.
Basic Tile Maintenance Tips:
Use door mats or rugs at all entryways to your home. Keeping dirt, grit, and sand off of your tile is key to keeping your tile looking new.. Most of the dirt and soil that is brought into your home will be dropped within six feet of your entryways.
Cleaning Your Tile Floor:
Mop or wipe down your tile regularly using an appropriate cleaner (avoid cleaners that are vinegar or soap based). Never use abrasive cleaners or cleaning aids, such as steel wool or rough scrub brushes, to clean your tile. Remove mildew and other stains to your grout by throwing together a weak mixture of bleach and water and applying it to the stains with a rag or washcloth. For more stubborn stains use a small scrubbing tool (a toothbrush works great) to get the grout clean.
Consider having your tile sealed after installation.
Most ceramic tiles are glazed, meaning you shouldn't have to worry about water or other liquids penetrating the surface and staining the tile. If your tile isn't glazed, however, or if you have stone tile, you can apply a sealant to the surface of the tile that will make it water and oil resistant.
Since the majority of the tile on the market today is ceramic in nature, chipped tiles are a fact of life for any tile owner. If you have a chipped tile it can be replaced by removing the grout around the offending tile and replacing it with a new piece. It's fairly easy to damage the tiles surrounding it in the process if you don't know what you're doing, however, so it's a good idea to call a certified tile repairman to do this work for you to prevent this relatively small project from turning into much larger one.
Loose tiles can be a problem, but they don't necessarily require removal and replacement of the entire surface. Often loose tiles appear in showers, tubs, bathrooms, and around sinks, and are indicators of water penetration and damage. Depending on the amount of water damage to the substrate, the tile can either simply reapplied or you may be in for a bigger repair that includes replacing the damaged portion of the substrate as well. Unless you're well versed in things such as drywall patching or substrate removal and replacement, you probably want to contact a tile repairman or tile installer for this big of a job.
Save Any Left Over Tiles
One of the most important tile maintenance steps you can take to ensure a long-lasting and uniform tile job is simply to be sure to order some extra tiles at the time of installation and store them somewhere out of sight for later repairs. Because the process of making ceramic tiles involves individual firings that produce minor variations in color and texture, and because stone tiles will naturally vary depending on where and when they're quarried, you can't count on being able to get the perfect match later in the event of having to replace chipped or otherwise damaged tiles. The only way to ensure that your replacement tile will match the originals is to keep a batch of original tiles on hand in case replacement becomes necessary later on
If you have any questions about maintaining your tile floor please call us at Let Us Floor U and we'll be glad to make any suggestions