Tile flooring is the most durable flooring option and will prove to be the best long-term investment you make. However, you need to take good care of the tile to ensure it preserves its appearance and value. When well taken care of, a tile can last a lifetime. You will not have to spend more money or time worrying about your flooring, and this can sometimes run into thousands of dollars.
One advantage of a tile floor is the fact that it is easy to clean and also nearly maintenance-free. Taking care of the tile will mean being proactive and reactive. Proactively ensure that debris such as dirt and sand is kept off the tile floor. This is because the debris can be abrasive to a tile floor surface.
Sweeping and vacuuming the floor regularly using a dust mop will help in preventing the floor from scratching. You can accomplish deeper cleaning by using a damp mop and a cleaning solution. You should not use bleach, ammonia based, and abrasive cleaners. There are instances when you will have to consult with the manufacturer of the tile to know the best way to clean the tile.
Always react to spills immediately by wiping it up and cleaning the area with a sponge, soap, and water. This will help prevent any staining and protect the appearance of the tile. A sponge is preferred because it is soft and can’t scratch the tile.
Have walk-off mats at entryways and area rugs in high traffic or water sensitive areas. Rugs and mats will collect debris and dirt that would have otherwise reached the tile floor. You may need to install feet protectors depending on the type of furniture you have. When moving furniture, ensure it is lifted up and then carried to the new location. Dragging can cause surface scratches or cause significant damage to the tile.
Whether or not to seal the tile and how often to do it will depend on the type of tile, location, and type of porosity. The grout between two tiles must always be sealed regularly. The tile should be cleaned and dried before sealing the grout. Grout sealing will help in repelling moisture, protecting the floor from discoloration and staining.
During their lifetime, tiles don’t have to be resurfaced, refurbished, or reglazed. However, there may be instances when the tile needs to be repaired. With time, damage can occur to the grouted joint or the tile may crack. When this happens, the grout will first be removed. This must be done carefully to avoid damaging tiles adjacent to the one being replaced. It is a good idea to call a professional to help out when you don’t know how to do it, or you may end causing more damage.
Tile maintenance is not as hard as it may seem. Taking good care of the tile will mean maintain the appearance and value of your tile floor years after installation.