After a rather wet winter wrapped up indoors, spring is the perfect time for that big deep clean. Don’t forget that your tiles also deserve a deep clean too, and we’re here to help guide you through the best way to do that. From natural stone to porcelain, read our top tips on how to spring clean your tiles.
The right tools for the job
Firstly, it’s important to ensure that you have the right tools for the job to avoid any unnecessary damage to the surface of the tile. Using a soft sponge or microfiber cloth is best for those with a more delicate surface, such as natural stone, glass or patterned and printed tiles. A scouring pad (or a Scrub Daddy for those Mrs Hinch fans out there), is only suitable for use on porcelain and stronger materials, but must still be used with caution. If you have any concerns, test in a small and inconspicuous area first.
Maintenance cleaning tiles
As long as you select the right type of tile for the job and your lifestyle, caring for your floors and walls doesn’t have to be a chore. Generally, it is best to keep floors as free as possible of loose dust and grit with regular vacuuming or sweeping. This will greatly reduce any damage from dirt getting compacted into the surface and joints.
We recommend that you use specialist cleaning products on your walls and floor coverings. The harsh acidic supermarket products can harm your tiles and erode protective sealants. Ideally, use a product that is PH neutral, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly.
As a great allrounder, suitable for use on all types of stone and tiles, we recommend Stone Essentials All Clean. Using a PH neutral product such as this will greatly reduce the frequency of more intensive cleans and reseals, saving you both time and money in the future. What’s more, All Clean also acts as an antibacterial detergent, and after the year we’ve all had, we know how important this element is.
Deep cleaning tiles
For a really deep clean, we recommend Stone Essentials Deep Clean, a heavy duty cleaner suitable for use on all types of stone and tile, which uses a combination of effective solvents and cleaning agents to dissolve ingrained dirt, grease, heavy soiling and many other problematic stains. The less you dilute it, the stronger the solution – but you must carefully follow the instructions on the bottle.
A good tip when deep cleaning tiles is not to neglect the grout! Some grouts can be porous and so absorb grease and other stains causing it to look unpleasant and discoloured. Before using any cleaning product on your grout, be sure that it is suitable for use on the tile material too to prevent them becoming damaged. Look for a specially designed cleaner that does not contain and harmful acids.
What to avoid when cleaning tiles
It is strongly advised to ditch the chemicals and not to use bleach-based cleaners, washing up liquids, strong degreasing detergents, or anything that contains natural acids or alkaline. As tempting as they seem, steam cleaners can also damage tile sealer and repeated use will ‘spall’ and damage the surface, so again, one to be avoided.
We often see vinegar being recommended as a cleaner when mixed with water, however it’s important to note that it will strip away any protective seal coating on a tile, making them vulnerable to water damage and stains.