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.
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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.
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