How To Effectively Clean Tile Floors (Part 2)
At Tile Tech Solutions, we aim to provide the best long-term solution for all aspects of tile and natural stone care. That is why our range of professional tile restoration services includes the best tile maintenance cleaning solutions to keep your tiles looking their best.
We have cared for hundreds of thousands of square meters of tile, with hundreds of types of tiles and stone. Our company is built on quality and customer satisfaction, and you can trust the experts at Tile Tech Solutions to give you the best advice on how to maintain your indoor and outdoor tiles.
This month, we share Part 2 of our series on how to effectively clean your tile floors, whether they are slate, bluestone, terrazzo or terracotta tiles:
Commonly used on walls, floors, balconies and bathrooms, slate is a metamorphic, fine grain rock derived from clay and shale. The rough, flaky texture of slate makes it an ideal application in non slip flooring, and its high thermal resistance results in slate often being used in countertops. Slate tiles should be cleaned with mild soapy water, while acid based cleaners need to be avoided as they can damage the surface of the tile. Slate is very easy to scratch, so we recommend vacuuming a slate floor regularly to remove any dirt or debris. Because slate is such a flaky natural stone, it should never be cleaned with a pressure higher than 800 PSI. Slate is also extremely porous, so we recommend sealing slate tiles before use to protect the stone.
Also known as basalt, bluestone is an igneous rock mainly made up of feldspar. This fine grained stone is usually grey to black in colour, and is covered in small holes caused by gases escaping the surface during the cooling process. Bluestone is commonly used in landscaping as well as on internal flooring, and bluestone tiles are well known for their amazing slip and scratch resistance. Bluestone tiles need to be swept and vacuumed regularly to prevent the build up of dirt and dust on the tile surface, which becomes more difficult to remove over time because of the small holes. Mild, soapy and warm water is ideal for cleaning bluestone tiles, as well as a neutral pH cleaner. Acidic cleaners and pressure cleaning in excess of 1000 PSI should be avoided to prevent etching the stone.
Widely used in modern households in flooring, feature walls, bathrooms, fireplace surrounds, pool areas, bench tops and paving, travertine is one of the most beautiful and unique natural stones available. Travertine is a form of limestone, consisting of both limestone and crystallized minerals from hot springs. Travertine tiles come in a variety of finishes including honed, polished, brushed, tumbled and filled. Similar to other natural stones, travertine tiles should be regularly vacuumed and cleaned with a neutral pH solution. Acidic solutions should never be used on travertine as they may etch the stone permanently.
Made from marble and other types of natural stone embedded into cement, terrazzo is very popular as commercial flooring and outdoor pavers for their durability. Terrazzo tiles are often polished, resulting in an attractive high sheen finish. Terrazzo tiles can be dry or wet buffed to prolong their finish, as well as vacuumed, swept and cleaned with neutral pH cleaning solutions. Because terrazzo tiles are so hard wearing, they can withstand buffing at very high speeds, as well as high pressure cleaning at 2500 PSI.
Manufactured from quality clay, quarry tiles can be both glazed and unglazed. The clay used in quarry tiles has the perfect combination of minerals, silica and iron to produce a high strength, durable tile. Quarry tiles can be cleaned at pressures up to 1500 PSI, and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Unless they have been glazed, quarry tiles should be sealed before use. Left unsealed, they will absorb water, stains and any other material which comes into contact with them. We recommend using a penetrating sealer on quarry tiles because they have such a high porosity rate.
One of the most commonly used types of tile in Australia, terracotta is used both indoors and outdoors as flooring, on balconies and as pool surrounds. Terracotta tiles are made from clay, and are glazed after baking which makes them very durable and water resistant. Terracotta tiles can be vacuumed and cleaned using a microfibre mop and warm water. It is best to use a neutral pH cleaning solution on terracotta tiles. To avoid damaging the tile surface, terracotta should never be cleaned with pressure exceeding 1100 PSI.
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Over the years, Tile Tech Solutions have helped thousands of our Sydney customers with the restoration and maintenance of their tiles. We carry all the professional equipment and quality products to clean, restore, refresh, enhance and protect your tiles and grout.