A Guide To Looking After Your Bathroom Tiles
Cleaning the tiles in your bathroom is not the most exciting task, but it is an essential job that needs to be done. It will not only keep the smallest room in your house looking sparkling and hygienic, but it may also save you money in the long run by ensuring the tiles, adhesive and grout are well maintained.
Preparation is the Key
Keeping your bathroom tiles, whether they are on the floor or on the walls, free from black mould and soap residue need not be difficult. You will find that with the use of modern household cleaning equipment and products it is in fact quite easy.
Firstly, make sure that the room is well ventilated, especially if you are using harsh cleaning chemicals. Also make sure that your clothing, skin and eyes are well protected if necessary. Read the labels on the cleaning products first to make sure they are suitable to use on the type of tiles you have, as any damage caused by using the wrong type of product could prove to be a costly mistake. For example, try to avoid using acid cleaners on grouts as this can break them down or erode them over time.
It always pays to prepare the surface you are dealing with first. For instance, if you are going to clean your floor tiles then get out the vacuum cleaner or the broom to remove any excess loose dirt or debris. Next, prepare and use your cleaning product according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is always worth paying attention to the grout in your tiles as mildew and mould naturally gathers there. Whatever product you use, remember to always rinse the tiles with plenty of clean water afterwards and then dry down the surfaces using clean lint-free cloths, bathroom towels or a squeegee.
One top tip for keeping your tiles is good condition is to always to make sure that your bathroom is well ventilated. Naturally, the bathroom is a warm and humid environment in any home, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for moulds. If possible, have a suitable bathroom ventilation system or extractor fan fitted by a professional. If this is not a possibility, a cheaper and just as effective alternative is to simply keep the window open when possible, allowing condensation to escape. By doing this, you may be able to save yourself time and money by helping limit the build-up of mildew and mould in the first place.
Cleaning your tiles regularly is also important. You should try to do it at least once a week to prevent the build-up of dirt, mildew or mould. If y