Ceramic tiles are a great addition to the aesthetic of the room or house. The ceramic tiles are preferred for their clean looking surface. They are also easier to clean and manage than the usual marble tiles.
When you’re doing some spring cleaning, the job is not done until you’ve scrubbed the floors properly. Usually, this is the last thing that people remember to do. This is because scrubbing and cleaning ceramic tiles can be a difficult and cumbersome job.
If you have little experience with cleaning ceramic tiles and other surfaces, you will notice that the process seems daunting at first. However, it doesn’t really have to be. If you find it hard right now, we will educate you on the ways to clean the ceramic tiles.
- 1 How do I tell if I have ceramic tiles?
- 2 How to clean ceramic tiles?
- 3 How do I maintain my tile?
- 4 Wrap up
How do I tell if I have ceramic tiles?
This may seem like a basic and unnecessary question; however, we have been asked this question many times. This is because many people may be living in rented apartments or houses. They may not know whether the tiling in their residence is made from ceramic tiles or porcelain or stone.
So, in order to help you figure out which tiles you have in your residence or office, we will explain to you the types of tiles and how to identify them.
It is important to remember that if you do not have ceramic tiles, then you probably should not go further with this article. You can permanently damage your flooring if you use the wrong items to clean the tiles.
1. Porcelain tiles
One of the most appealing qualities of the Porcelain tile is that it can easily emulate a lot of materials like wood, natural stone, and even bricks. The porcelain tile is also low maintenance. With Porcelain tiles, you will notice that there is an elegant finish without the need to maintain it.
Porcelain tiles are very versatile which means that there are a variety of designs and colors which can be used for almost any kind of space. One of the major defining features is that it does neither crack, freeze or fade away quickly. This is why Porcelain tile is a better choice for people who want to install them outdoors.
2. Ceramic tiles
The most common kind of tiles you will find inside many spaces like homes and offices are the ceramic tiles. This is because of the versatility and style that it manages to pull off. You can use it anywhere; in kitchens, bathrooms and even corridors.
There are two types of ceramic tiles: the glazed and unglazed kind. Unglazed ceramic tiles will give you more of a rustic finish. Whereas glazed ceramic tiles will provide you with a finished artistic glaze that provides protection. The ceramic tiles are also cheaper than other kinds of tiles mentioned on this list.
3. Cement tiles
For over a century, the cement tiles have been used for interior designing. You will find them mostly on porches, alleyways, and even kitchens. These cement tiles are also extremely versatile and offer great patterns and colors. These tiles are very porous and patina can develop over time to enhance the patterns.
If you notice a lot of discoloration on your tiles or if you feel like the patterns are quickly fading away, then those tiles are definitely cement tiles. One of the major drawbacks of the cement tiles is that the design on these tiles quickly fades away.
4. Marble tiles
Marble tiles are more costly hen compared to any other kind of tiles. This is because of the rising prices of marble. These tiles offer a lot of elegance and refinement to any kind of space. Marble tiles often provide vivid texture and depth in their designs. Usually, they are either patterned or veined.
If you notice a lot of scratches on your tiles on the floor, then those are definitely marble tiles. Marble tiles are known for developing scratches and etching quickly. This is why many people avoid using it as countertops. Instead, most homeowners prefer to add decorative features which are made from marble to benefit from the creative designs.
5. Limestone tiles
Limestone is another kind of natural stone tile. This kind of tile is used to decorate the space with natural tones, shades or any variation. The limestone tile adds a kind of natural appearance to the room with a touch of ancient architecture. The limestone is extremely durable and can be easily molded and used according to your needs.
Keep in mind that the limestone is a highly porous rock which means that it is probably sealed up in order to make it durable. Limestone generally has some etches or cracks somewhere due to the porous quality of the material.
6. Quarry tiles
The quarry tiles are made from a mixture of ground materials like feldspar and clay. They are baked at over 2000 degrees to make the tiles. They look more rustic and artistic rather than polished and smooth. Moreover, they are denser and more porous because of the baking process.
They are water-resistant and have a low water absorption rate. So you can be sure that the tiles in your residence are quarry tiles if you know that they do not get affected by water. While they are very durable, they do not handle stains very well. It is likely that the tiles are quarry tiles if they stain easily and do not clean easily.
How to clean ceramic tiles?
Step 1: Use the right things
You can use a mixture of bleach, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol to remove blood stains from the tiles. Whenever there is a bloodstain on the ceramic tiles, try to get rid of it as soon as possible. You can easily remove it by dipping a clean cloth in a special solution.
In order to make this solution, you can use bleach and water in a ratio of 1:49 respectively. Remember to use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the stains so that children or pets do not catch any diseases or germs. You can alternatively just use hydrogen peroxide with a clean cloth. However, we would not recommend it.
Step 2: Use bleach
It is important to get rid of any kind of organic growth like mold or mildew from the tiles. In order to get rid of it, you can mix a solution of bleach and water. You should make the solution in a ratio of 1:49.
You can use a sponge to scrub or rub away any dirt or residue. Scrub in a circular pattern on the stain as well as around the stain to properly get rid of it.
Step 3: Use chemical cleaners
If you spilled tea or coffee on the ceramic tiles, then you can use dish soap mixed with water to remove any sort of stains. Remember to remove any sort of discoloration with this solution or with some hydrogen peroxide.
Step 4: Use ice
If you’ve got some gum or wax stains on the ceramic tiles, you can use ice to freeze the residue and harden it. You can then easily get it to nudge away.
You can place some ice cubes in a plastic bag and then place it over the stain. Now, you must wait around five to fifteen minutes. You should then check the consistency of the stain and figure out if it froze or not. Place the bag over the stain again if it has not frozen yet.
Start to scrape away the residue as soon as you feel it has frozen to a point where it can be scraped away. You can then use a thinner or nail polish remover to wipe off the rest of it.
How do I maintain my tile?
Maintaining the tiles in your residence or office is just as important as cleaning it. When you maintain your tiles, there are lesser chances of them wearing out quickly. You can easily maintain your ceramic tiles using the following procedure:
Step 1: Sweeping
The first and foremost step is to use a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. You must do this in order to remove all the dust, dirt and other trash from the floor. This is important otherwise the cleaning process will just be extra messy and it may take longer for you to do it.
You can use a broom to sweep the dust and dirt, and then use the dustpan to store the dirt and then dispose of it. Alternatively, you can also use a vacuum cleaner to do this job, but the vacuum often misses small intricate parts of the tile. This is why we would strongly recommend a broom for the job.
Step 2: Mop your floor
Once you have swept the floor properly, you should mop the floor at least twice each week. While we strongly suggest you to use cleaners and soaps, you can skip this altogether. Using soaps and cleaners can help keep your ceramic tiles shine and looking new.
Once you are done mopping the floor, you should properly squeeze or wring out the mop instantly. You should then dry the floor quickly so that the dirt is not allowed to build up in wet areas. Doing this will protect you from slipping on the floor later on!
If you plan to use cleaners and soaps, you should make sure to use non-toxic dish detergent. You should first start with a few drops of detergent in order to make sure that it does not become oversaturated. If you use too much detergent, it can leave some residue on your tiles and that would make them look dirty even more.
Remember that consistency is the key. Make sure that you regularly maintain all the ceramic tile floors in your residence or office as often as once a week. Try and not use too many strong chemicals. Using too many strong chemicals can degrade the tiles in your residence or office.
Step 3: Place a doormat
The ceramic tiles can easily get dirty if people walk in with dirty shoes or feet. You should place a doormat at the entrance. Alternatively, you can also place a rug or some other kind of mat right in front of your entrance.
There is a little amount of work required as you will have to ask all visitors to wipe their feet on the doormat or rug before entering the residence or office. This will prove to be very beneficial especially in rainy or snowy seasons. We have observed that it is during these seasons that people tend to have dirty shoes and feet.
Step 4: Clean up spills
Whenever you spill your cup of tea or a mug of coffee, be sure to quickly clean up after it and not let it sit on the ceramic tiles for too long. The longer the stains sit on the tiles, the more permanent and difficult the stain becomes. If you’ve spilled a lot of drinks, then use a large mop to clean up after it. If the spill is a smaller spill, then just use an absorbent cloth.
This is important to maintain the cleanliness of the tiles otherwise they will form stain and it will be a pain to get them out later on. For scrubbing out the stains from the intricate parts of the tiles, use a toothbrush and dip it in soap. Then just scrub the narrow parts between tiles until they’re clean.
Step 5: Clean the grouts
The grout is basically the narrow passageway between the boundaries of adjacent tiles. When you don’t clean them regularly, they tend to become unclean and dirty. In order to keep them clean, you can mix some baking soda and water in equal amounts and make a solution.
You should then cover the grouts with this solution and let it sit for a while. We would recommend letting it sit overnight. You can also use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout or a stiff-bristled brush. You can then use a sponge to finish the job.
Alternatively, you can go to the local supermarket and buy a grout brush. We would recommend using this brush if you have a large amount of grout to brush and scrub.
Additionally, if you can, you should fill a spray bottle with vinegar and then spray the paste with this vinegar and then scrub it away.
You can clean the grouts as often as you like. You should do it when it starts to show the slightest signs of discoloration. A good rule of thumb is that you should clean your grout every week if you have children or pets at home.
Ceramic tiles can look clean and add aesthetic value to your house or office. They can look just as good even when they’re not as well-maintained. However, they won’t last long if you don’t take care of them.
Make sure that you keep the cleaning consistent. You should also make sure to maintain the ceramic tiles so that they do not need to be cleaned or replaced as often.