Years of Dirt off Tiles
Clean Ceramic Tiles so that they Continue to Shine for Years to Come
|Whether ceramic floor tiles or wall tiles, dirt and grime
can easily cake up on them and make them look old and faded in relatively
short order. Also, if the tiles are frequently exposed to moisture,
unsightly mold and mildew growth can occur, particularly in the grout
lines. The mold and mildew growth in the grout lines shows up as dark and
dingy discolorations. You can take years of dirt off tile with some simple
household cleaning products, however, it is imperative to use the right
ones. Use the wrong ones and you can permanently damage and further
discolor the tiles and grout lines.
To clean ceramic tiles simply use a sponge or firm soft bristle brush, and
either a mild detergent or a bleach mixture cleaning solution. Rinse the tile
down with water and then proceed to scrub the tile with the sponge or brush,
and cleaning solution. You may need to use some serious elbow grease and have
to repeat the process a few times to remove all of the dirt and grime from the
tiles but eventually you’ll get them clean.
Do not attempt to clean the tiles with an alkaline or acidic type cleaning
solution as they can remove the shine from the tile and/or discolor them. Also
do not use a cleaning solution with ammonia in it. Doing so could discolor the
grout leaving it a permanent ugly color. In addition, never use a cleaning
solution with wax or oil, as again they can discolor the tile and grout lines.
Finally, never use abrasive cleaners on the ceramic tiles as they will remove
the shine from them.
After removing the dirt off of the tiles and restoring them to their
original beauty, include in your normal cleaning schedule time to wipe down
the tiles with a cloth and warm water.
Preferably you should plan to wipe down the tiles every week or so. Also,
after wiping them down make sure to dry them with a clean dry towel to prevent
mold and mildew growth. By keeping up with a regular tile maintenance cleaning
schedule you can keep your ceramic tile floors and walls looking like new and
prevent from having to do another ceramic tile cleaning marathon. Also, you
may want to consider sealing the tiles and grout lines with a tile sealer
after cleaning them. Tile sealer is easy to apply and it can slow the
progression of mold and mildew growth.
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