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Tile care

Although they’re gorgeous and durable, tiles (back splashes specifically) often get neglected during routine cleanings. Even though these areas get splashed with grit and grime, they’re surprisingly great at looking clean from far away. Here are some ways to truly care for your tile design, ensuring a long-lasting, beautiful look.

Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a soft, dampened cloth. Incorporate a non oil-based household cleaner to pick up everyday kitchen grease. Try vacuuming glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and other gritty bits. Then finish cleaning with a damp mop and non oil-based cleaner. Similarly, clean un-glazed wall and floor tiles using a solution of water and soap-less detergent. Remember not to use ammonia, as it will discolor your tile grout.

Grout care

Routinely scrubbing grout joints with a good old-fashioned used toothbrush will surely do the trick. Adding warm water and a non oil-based household cleaner will help even more. Shortly after installation, grout joints should be treated with a silicone sealer. Because grout (the material used to fill spaces between tiles) is porous, sealing it is very important to prevent staining and other damages. Grout sealers can be purchased at any major home improvement store. If you’d like any product recommendations, please call one of the representatives at Tithof.

Deep cleaning tile

With heavily trafficked tile areas, periodic deep cleaning sessions may be necessary.
Address these messier areas by cleaning glazed wall tiles with a scouring powder or all-purpose cleaner applied to a non-metallic pad or sponge. Rinse and wipe this area dry. As for glazed floor tiles, use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong solution of an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Let this product stand for five minutes, then brush and scrub. Finally, rinse with warm, clean water and wipe the area dry.

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