Looking After Tiled Surfaces

Home » Looking After Tiled Surfaces

Bathroom Renovations Canberra

Tiled surfaces are ubiquitous in bathrooms and kitchens. The reasons are obvious – tiles are well suited to the wet conditions that are inevitable in bathrooms. They are also quite hard-wearing. And as there are an infinite number of design options for tiles, so we have a huge range of décor options.

A further advantage of tiles is damage repair. If a few tiles are broken, they can often be replaced without affecting the rest of the tiled surface. We usually cannot do this with carpet or other materials. It can work with wood floors, but these aren’t waterproof.

So tiles are a good option for floors and walls. But we would want to make sure we maintain them well.

Cleaning – Tiles should be cleaned on at least a weekly basis. A microfibre cloth mop is a good option, as it is soft and will not cause scratches. A steam mop is good for wet cleaning.

One issue with tiles in bathrooms is soap scum. This is the build-up of sticky residue on tiled areas, caused by soap, detergent, and other cleaning products like shampoo. It causes dirt, grime and dust to stick to the floor. Soap scum is a little tricky to remove, and confusing as people often try to clean it with more detergent, and only makes the problem worse! A neutral ph. cleaner or diluted vinegar on ceramic or porcelain surfaces will remove soap scrum, and make future cleaning much easier. This can only be done if the tiled floor (specifically the grout between the tiles) has been sealed.

Tile Installation – Bathroom Renovations Canberra

Correct installation will mean that tiles will last much longer. Properly sealing the tiles (specifically the grout) will also help the surface last much longer. Failing that, if there is a fault with the tile installation, a clear waterproof coating will go a long way to protecting the tiles and preventing leaks.

The adhesive under each tile on a floor should be spread evenly. This helps the tile be more durable. The older practice of only putting adhesive under the corners of a floor tile has proved flawed; these tiles would crack under pressure. Wall tiles, which are under less pressure, can still be installed this way.

If any tiled surface appears to have a leak it should be repaired. This either means replacing the tiles and/or grout or applying a clear sealant. Failure to repair tiled surfaces can often lead to expensive water damage.

Need Bathroom Renovations in Canberra?

Have your tiles and bathroom fixtures correctly installed for an attractive and durable result.



Information Disclaimer
The content of this article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered a source of professional advice, recommendations, or endorsements. It is not a substitute for seeking expert guidance or making well-informed decisions based on individual circumstances. Although we strive for accuracy and reliability, we cannot guarantee the information's completeness or suitability for all situations. Readers are urged to verify facts, consult experts, and consider their own context before taking actions or decisions based on this content. No warranties, explicit or implied, are provided regarding the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the presented information. Relying on this information is at the reader's own discretion and risk. We encourage readers to consult relevant professionals or experts for advice tailored to their specific needs. Neither the author, publisher, nor any affiliated parties will be held responsible for errors, omissions, or damages resulting from the use or reliance on the information in this article.

Scroll to top