Maintaining your freshly cleaned and/or sealed tiles and grout is very important. Not only does regular maintenance keep your new areas looking great but also extends the life of tiles, grout, and sealers.
Sealers are there to provide a temporary barrier between the stain and the tile/grout surface. If a spillage occurs it should be wiped as soon as possible. No spillage should be left sitting on top of the sealer in any case, especially acid based products.
For example, if wine is spilled on an UNSEALED sandstone tile, it will immediately penetrate into the tile and cause a permanent stain which in most cases will not be removable.
If wine is spilled on a SEALED sandstone tile, the sealer will allow you enough time to wipe that spillage off without causing any damage to the tile. The sooner the spill is wiped off, the better.
When it comes to internal areas we recommend regular vacuuming and mopping of all hard surfaces. It is very important to use correct cleaning products. If incorrect products are used they can shorten the life of the sealer and in some cases permanently damage both tiles and grout. In an average household, vacuuming and mopping should occur at least once a week. This will remove any surface dirt which can wear off newly applied sealers quite quickly. Steam mopping is fine. We do not recommend using acidic products on any sealed surface. Strong acids can remove some sealers and are also able to etch natural stone and grout.
External areas such as balconies and pool areas should be swept or blown off with a garden blower at least once a week. A light hose of the areas should occur at least once a fortnight. This will extend the life of your sealer as well as the life of your tiles and grout. No acidic products should be used on sensitive tiles such as natural stone as etching can occur resulting in permanent damage.
Tile Tech Solutions carry a wide range of high-quality maintenance products for all your tile and grout types. Please contact us for a professional solution.