Once you've chosen the best tiles for your new improved bathroom, it’s important that you keep them in tip top condition to ensure their longevity. Well-kept tiles can last for a very long time indeed. Including how to clean and how to maintain your bathroom tiles, read on for a quick guide to keeping your tiles at their best for as long as possible.
When it comes to everyday cleaning, you should be giving your tiles a gentle wipe/scrub once a week. This can be done with a normal bathroom cleaner and sponge as part of your general weekly clean. When you do this, put the shower on at a really high temperature for a couple of minutes first, as this can help open the pores in the ceramic, helping get even more dirt out. Alternatively, use a steam cleaner that not only negates the need for cleaning products, but also helps open those ceramic pores. If you live in a hard water area however, your tiles will probably suffer from spots of mineral deposits, and these need to be attacked with a sponge and a dedicated limescale remover and then rinsed off.
If you want your tiles to really shine like they did the first day you bought them, buff them dry using a microfibre cloth after cleaning them.
Every few months, it’s worth getting an old toothbrush and scrubbing the grouting. This will get rid of any build-up of mildew, or even better, prevent any from forming. If any mildew has formed, then apply a small amount of bleach to the grouting using the toothbrush, which should kill it. Leave it on and then wipe off an hour or so later with a sponge and warm water.
If you really want your tiles to last, you need to periodically check the integrity of them. Any grouting that has disintegrated needs to be topped up. This can be done simply with a grouting pen and in fact, buying a different colour grout can even update tiles by giving them a more modern look.
Provided you regularly clean your tiles, remove mildew and limescale and replace the grouting when necessary, there’s no reason your bathroom tiles won’t last you for an extended period of time. If you need more tile cleaning tips and tricks, contact Woodstone Bathrooms today.