How To Effectively Clean Tile Floors (Part 1)
At Tile Tech Solutions, we are experts in the cleaning, repair and maintenance of tiles. Not only can we make your floors and walls sparkle, but also recommend and supply the best maintenance cleaning solutions to keep your tiles spotless for years to come.
There are a wide range of tile materials and natural stone used in Australian homes, and each type of tile requires different cleaning methods to keep them well maintained. Tile Tech Solutions recommends sealing your tiles with a quality penetrating sealer, which offers protection from stains, scratches and general wear, and will make your tiles easier to clean.
This month, we share Part 1 of our two part series on how to effectively clean your tile floors, whether they are ceramic, limestone, marble or porcelain tiles:
Made from clay, sand and other materials, ceramic tiles are widely used in both homes and businesses for their durability, and their tendency to be both stain and scratch resistant. Ceramic tiles which have been glazed are far easier to clean and maintain, although the gloss level of the tile will determine the best cleaning method. The higher the gloss, the more difficult it is to make the tile perfectly streak and lint free. These types of finishes require special cleaning solutions and microfibre mops to prevent leaving a residue. Grout lines are the most difficult part of tile floors to keep clean, tending to gather dirt, dust, stains and even mould despite regular cleaning.
Commonly used in flooring, feature walls, fireplace borders and for decorative purposes, limestone tiles are a sedimentary natural stone mainly composed of calcium carbonate. Limestone is a fairly porous stone, meaning that it can be easily fractured, etched and scratched, and needs to be cleaned with care. We recommend only using neutral pH cleaners and detergents, as acid-based cleaners can begin to eat into limestone tiles over time. If used outdoors, limestone tiles will require high pressure cleaning at intervals. It is essential that the pressure never exceeds 800 PSI, or you may risk damaging the stone.
A metamorphic stone composed of calcite, marble tiles come in three finishes including honed, polished and sandblasted. Marble is widely used in floor and wall tiling, as well as on bench tops, counters and vanities. Compared to other natural stones, marble has very low stain resistance, and can be easily scratched. Because of its soft surface, marble is more difficult to clean effectively compared to other natural stones. Ensure that you avoid using oil or acid-based cleaning products, as these can destroy the shine and finish of the stone.
One of the most popular tiles for contemporary households, porcelain tiles are available in a variety of finishes including natural, polished, semi-glazed and glazed. Porcelain tiles are far stronger, and more water and scratch resistant, than ceramic tiles. We recommend that porcelain tiles with a natural finish should be sealed prior to use to avoid staining or other damage. Polished or glazed porcelain tiles should be cleaned with a mild cleaning product and a microfibre mop to eliminate streaks and dirt, and avoid leaving any residue.
Composed of feldspar, quartz, mica and other minerals, granite tiles come in several different grain types including fine, medium and coarse grain. Granite is used in a variety of places around the home, including kitchen bench tops, bathrooms, feature walls, table tops, staircases and on floors. Granite tiles are very hard wearing and naturally resistant to stains and scratches. Because of their low porosity, granite is easier to clean and maintain than most other natural stones. Granite tiles can be vacuumed or mopped with mild soapy water and common household cleaners, although you should avoid very acidic cleaners.
Commonly used in pool surrounds, balconies, staircases, feature walls and retaining walls, sandstone tiles come in a variety of colours including yellow, red, white, black, brown and grey. Being very porous, sandstone will immediately absorb water, stains and acids if not previously sealed. If heavily stained, sandstone may require sand blasting, but usually you should avoid cleaning the tiles with water pressure higher than 100 PSI. When used outdoors and left in a natural state, sandstone can also absorb dirt, mould, moss and algae very quickly. If natural sandstone has been stained, there are several cleaning treatments which can be undertaken by professionals.
Want to learn more about tile maintenance? Find out how to extend the life of your tiles and keep your tile floors looking their best here.
Don’t spend hours on your knees scrubbing dirty grout lines and using caustic cleaning chemicals, only to end up with a less than desirable result! The team at Tile Tech Solutions carry the most advanced equipment and high-quality solutions to restore and maintain your tiles.