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The Comprehensive Ceramic Tile Care Guide

the comprehensive ceramic tile care guide

Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular tiling choices in contemporary homes. They look great, and they’re durable, versatile, resistant to stains and relatively low-maintenance. Even though ceramic tiles are durable, proper ceramic tile care is essential to preserve their lifespan and keep them sparkling clean.

In this post, we’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to looking after your ceramic tiles:

  • How to clean ceramic tiles?
  • How to clean ceramic tile floors?
  • How to clean ceramic tile grout?
  • How to get paint off ceramic tiles?
  • How to replace damaged tiles?
  • How often to clean ceramic tiles?

How to Clean Ceramic Tiles

Step 1: Gently dust your tiles to remove any loose debris.
Step 2: Mix clean, warm water together with a mild detergent.
Step 3: Using a soft rag, gently clean your ceramic tiles with the detergent and water mix. If you scrub too vigorously, you may irreversibly scratch the tiles.
TIP – Don’t use a sponge to clean your tiles. Sponges are more likely to push dirty water into grout lines which makes them more challenging to clean.
Step 4: Remember to change out your cleaning mixture regularly as dirty water will cause your tiles to appear hazy.
Step 5: Once you’ve finished washing your tiles, dry them immediately with a clean, lint-free cloth. Letting your tiles air-dry may cause water spots to form.

How to Clean Ceramic Tile Floors

Step 1: Sweep or vacuum your ceramic tile floor to remove any loose debris. Be sure to use a soft broom or the vacuum’s soft head attachment. Otherwise, you risk scratching your tiles.
Step 2: Mix together clean, warm water with a mild detergent or some white vinegar.
Step 3: Dip a chamois mop, not a sponge mop, into your cleaning solution. Wring it out, and then begin gently mopping your ceramic tiled floor.
Step 4: Don’t forget to change your cleaning solution regularly as you clean. If your solution gets too dirty, you’ll leave a cloudy layer of dirt on your floor.
Step 5: Fill a bucket with warm, clean water and mop over your tiled floor again to finish.
If you’re wondering how to shine ceramic tile floors to keep them looking bright and polished, all you need is hot water and natural lemon juice. Simply mix the two together and mop the mixture over your clean floor achieve a shiny finish.

How Often to Clean Ceramic Tiles

It’s good practice to vacuum (using a soft head attachment) or gently sweep ceramic tiled floors once a week. Or, clean your tiles more often if you can visibly see or feel dust and dirt.
If your ceramic tiled floors are in an area of high foot traffic, you may need to clean them more frequently.
When it comes to ceramic tiled surfaces in the bathroom, we recommend cleaning once a week. Mop tile floors and wipe down tiled surfaces regularly to keep germs at bay.

How to Clean Ceramic Tile Grout

how to clean ceramic tiles

Tile grout is a useful piece of tile terminology to understand; it’s a mixture that fills the grout joint space in between tiles. Grout is important because it keeps moisture out and provides a finished look to any tiled surface. However, grout needs to be properly maintained to keep it clean because it can absorb dirt and grease easily. Also, it’s common for mould to develop on top of the grout, especially in areas of high humidity, like the bathroom.

Step 1: Make sure to seal your grout. Grout sealer helps to repel moisture and germs, and it keeps your tiled surfaces looking cleaner for longer.
TIP – Grout should be re-sealed every couple of years.
Step 2: Use a small, stiff brush to scrub the grout with hot water. Be sure to use a brush that’s small so that you don’t accidentally scratch your ceramic tiles. A hard toothbrush works well to complete this job.
Step 3: If deeper cleaning is required, mix water and baking soda together to create a paste. Apply the paste to the grout and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, scrub the dirt away before rinsing with clean water.

You should remember to clean your tile grout every couple of months, or sooner if it looks like it needs a clean!

How to Get Paint Off Ceramic Tile

Getting paint stains on ceramic tiles is fairly common, especially when you’re painting and re-decorating. Commercial paint remover can be used to remove old paint stains, however only if your ceramic tiles have a hard glaze. We recommend trying a natural, homemade solution first, especially if your tiles have a soft glaze. Don’t forget to test any homemade or commercial solutions on a discreet area first to make sure it doesn’t damage your tiles.

Step 1: Mix together warm water and white vinegar.
Step 2: Bring your natural mixture to the boil, and then remove it from heat.
Step 3: Dip a clean, soft cloth into your solution and wring it out.
Step 4: Gently wipe the cloth over the painted tile. The heated, vinegar solution will soften the paint within a few minutes. You may need to reapply the mixture a couple of times, making sure it’s hot with every use.
Step 5: Wipe the surface with a clean, damp and soft cloth to remove the paint and remnants of the mixture.

White vinegar makes an excellent economical and easily-accessible paint stripper. It’s unlikely to damage your tiles, it has no harsh chemicals, and the smell will dissipate relatively quickly.

how to get paint off ceramic tile

How to Replace Damaged Ceramic Tiles

Unfortunately, your ceramic tiles may be visibly damaged and past the point of at-home ceramic tile care. Replacing damaged tiles can be done at home; however, you need to be extremely careful and delicate. If the tile is too challenging to access, you may need to call in professional help as not to ruin the surrounding tiles.

Step 1: Remove the grout that surrounds your broken tile to isolate it from the surrounding tiles. To do this, use a grout rake or a hammer and chisel (or both). Avoid being too heavy-handed as not to damage your other tiles.
Step 2: Use the hammer and chisel to loosen and remove sections of your damaged tile.
Step 3: Once all parts of the tile have been removed, use a chisel or putty knife to scrape away the layer of old adhesive.
Step 4: Clean the area where the broken tile lay.
Step 5: Take an appropriate tile adhesive and apply it carefully to the back of your replacement ceramic tile, or to the area where it will sit.
Step 6: Accurately place your new ceramic tile in position, making sure it aligns with your existing tiles, and the margins are equal.
Step 7: The longer you can leave your new tile to set in place, the better. Leave it alone for several hours, or check the adhesive for instructions.
Step 8: Fill the grout joints with grout and re-seal.

Ceramic tiles make a stunning and practical solution for any home. They are a worthwhile investment with a long lifespan, especially if you exercise proper ceramic tile care! We hope our advice has been useful to you, and if you have any questions about our collection of beautiful, durable ceramic tiles, then please get in touch. Or, for more advice and interior inspiration, have a look at our blog posts.