Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much of a clean freak you are, there will always be another job left to do! Mostly, it’s the jobs that seem the smallest that can make the biggest difference, especially when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your tiles. I’ve teamed up with the guys at Tile Monkey to provide you with a handy guide on how to properly care for your tiles without spending a fortune. I'm getting to work on this myself, our bathroom reno is needing some TLC to make sure it continues to look brand new. Despite having an in-shower extractor and a dehumidifier, it's a constant battle to keep away the mould and all of those other unwelcome visitors to the bathroom. Where there's water, heat and tile, there's a need for a good plan!
First of all you’re going to need a few things. We’ve created a checklist to make sure you don’t miss any of them:
- liquid soap or a neutral pH tile cleaner
- nylon brush
- toothbrush (for smaller areas)
- dry towel
- dry duster
- rubber gloves
- tile & grout sealant
WARNING! Before you start, it’s really important to double check that the cleaner you have chosen is pH neutral, What this basically means is that it is not a scouring powder, bleach or an abrasive chemical. Why? Because if any of these products are placed upon your tiles then they can damage
the finish – it’s really not worth the risk. Your tile cleaner should come with clear instructions on how to prepare, so make sure you follow these. It’s also important to check that the cleaner you have is suitable for the type of tile you are looking to work on.
The Big Clean:
1. Take the duster and run it over all of your tiles, it’s crucial that you remove dust from your tiles in order to stop more dirt being rubbed in when you come to cleaning and sealing the area.
2. Using your cloth, wet the area of tiles that you are working on with the cleaning solution. We would strongly advise working on one wall/area at a time, that way you can keep track on how long the solution has been on and which areas you have covered. Again, it is important to read the instructions on the tile cleaner to see how long the solution should be left on the tiles. Leave the solution for the recommended time which should loosen any grime or dirt.
3. Get the marigolds on, it’s time to scrub! Using the nylon brush (or toothbrush, depending on the size of area) work in small circles when scrubbing the tiles, this motion should mean that you’re able to see the results almost instantly. If a stain isn’t coming out straight away then be patient, it could just take a little more work.
*TOP TIP – If you have a really stubborn stain that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, spray some white vinegar on it, leave it a while and try again – this should shift it!
4. Once you’ve scrubbed all of your tiles with the solution, rinse them off using clean warm water and dry thoroughly using a clean towel.
5. Finally, seal your tiles and grouting to make sure that your hard work gets locked in, as well as preventing moisture from re-entering the grout and
discouraging any further build-up of mould.
So there you go, just follow these five simple and your tiles will look brand new every time you clean them! Please do remember to check all cleaning products before using them on your tiles; you can never be too careful.