Sealing is one of the most crucial factors in maintaining your tiled floors. But it is necessary to maintain your floors even after sealing. As it will protect your tile and grout from fading and damage. Our cleaning expert says
“Tile and grout can stay in good condition for over 2-3 years if maintained correctly. Otherwise, it will require deep cleaning and sealing more often.”
So if you’ve just got your tiles sealed, this blog will help you out. Here we have discussed some expert tips to preserve your sealed tiles.
6 Tips To Preserve Your Sealed Tiles
1. Don’t Use Newly Sealed Tiles
When you get your tiles sealed, we recommend letting them properly set for around 24 hours. Walking on newly sealed tiles can spread the sealant unevenly, leading to poor results.
Avoid walking on the tiles until the sealant is dry. Prevent your kids and pets from roaming on newly sealed tiles. Protects the tiles from moisture until they are ready to use.
2. Vacuum Regularly
The most common reason behind faded and dull tiles is the constant accumulation of dirt, dust, and soil particles. We bring soil and dirt from outside, which collects in the grout lines, making them look filthy and discolored.
Our experts suggest vacuuming your tiles every 1-2 days. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to sweep the floors. This will eliminate the soil and dirt particles and prevent them from accumulating in grout.
3. Use ph Neutral Cleaners
We often encounter worn-out and discolored tiles during our service visits. This happens because of the most common tile and grout cleaning mistake of choosing the wrong cleaners.
Homeowners often use highly acidic or alkaline cleaners like vinegar or bleach that either damage their tiles or discolor them.
We suggest using a pH-neutral cleaning product suitable for your tiles. Mix an adequate amount of pH-neutral cleaner with water and mop the tiles properly. Mop once or twice a week to maintain the spotless look of your floors.
4. Address Spills Promptly
Spills happen no matter how much you try to avoid them. You can’t prevent your tiles from spilling, but you can prevent the spills from turning into stubborn stains. Try to clean spills as soon as you notice them.
First, wipe the excess solid or liquid with a cloth. Then use a pH-neutral cleaner to treat the stain and again clean with a cloth.
5. Dry Thoroughly
Drying is as important as cleaning. You must prevent your tile and grout from excess moisture as it can lead to hard-water stains and mold growth. The dirty water accumulates in grout lines and makes the grout lines grimy and dull.
Make sure you thoroughly dry the tiles after cleaning. You can either use a dry cloth or a dry mop to absorb the excess moisture. Moreover, while mopping, wring out the dirty water from the mop after a few strokes.
6. Prevent Scratches
Heavy furniture, stiff cleaning tools, pet nails, and even shoes can cause scratches on the tiles. While you can’t spot it completely, you can take some preventative measures to reduce it.
Avoid sliding heavy furniture or use furniture pads. Never use harsh cleaning tools like stiff-bristled brushes, cotton wool, or scrubbers. Cut the pet’s nails regularly. Moreover, try to remove shoes outside. This will prevent your floors from scratching.