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Caring for your tiles

While it might not be a consistent aspect of your weekly house clean, you’ll need to clean your tiles occasionally to keep them looking their best. However, there are a few things you need to know before you get your tiled surfaces sparkling again.

Giving them a good clean is an easy way to keep your tiles looking new, and make sure that avoidable wear and tear is kept to a minimum. The methods and products you need can vary depending on the type of tiles.

  • Avoid chemicals
  • Dust them off
  • Cleaning porcelain and ceramic tiles
  • Cleaning natural stone tiles
Avoid chemicals
Avoid chemicals
  • It’s best to give chemical cleaners a miss when cleaning porcelain and ceramic tiles, as they can erode the surface layer and damage grout.
  • Most porcelain and ceramic tiles are treated to give them water-resistant qualities and make them easier to maintain.
  • Chemicals in traditional tile cleaners are also damaging to the surface of natural stone tiles like slate, granite and marble.
Dust them off
Dust them off
  • Before you start with the actual cleaning, it’s always a good idea to dust the surface of your tiles.
  • Giving them a quick sweep with a soft brush, a dry microfibre cloth or dry mop will get rid of any dust or debris.
Cleaning porcelain and ceramic tiles
Cleaning porcelain and ceramic tiles
  • Depending on how dirty they are, you might find that you can clean your porcelain or ceramic tiles using nothing more than some warm water and a mop or soft brush.
  • If they require something a bit stronger, a pH-neutral cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth can be used to wipe clean the surface.
  • Make sure to buff your tiles dry to avoid leaving behind any unwanted streaks.
Cleaning natural stone tiles
Cleaning natural stone tiles
  • Be sure to avoid anything with acidic properties when cleaning natural stone like granite, marble or slate.
  • Always go with pH-neutral solutions, such as cleaners made specifically for your tile material.
  • Sealing natural stone tiles is a good way to prevent them from absorbing moisture or dirt.