How to Clean and Seal Tiles
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by Jason Neale
Tile and Grout Cleaning in Sunshine Coast
Professional tile cleaning can give a new look to your tiles and gout. By using steam from high powered steam cleaning machines, the dirt and grime will be removed along with the bacteria. Over time, the bacteria in the grout lines can build up and, unless it is cleaned by a professional cleaning company with the right machines and cleaning solutions, it will discolour the grout lines and leave bacteria in your home.
Removing Stains from Tiles
Experience in tile cleaning is very important. If the wrong cleaning solutions are applied to the surface of some tiles such as polished porcelain that has a sealer over them. It can strip the sealer off the tile and leave it looking patchy. When tiles have a sealer over them, they are protected from spills like coffee and tea stains. But in order to have a tile sealed, it needs to be done by a professional tile cleaning company that can identify the type of tile that is to be cleaned.
Application of Sealer
The sealers are applied after the cleaning process. The tiles and grout need to be dry before the sealer is applied. There maybe need for two coats. Applying two coasts of sealer will give a longer lasting seal; each coast has to be applied evenly. If each coat is not applied properly, it will leave the surface looking patchy and parts of the tile will be stain resistant and part will not. Knowing how to correctly apply the sealer is another very important part of the tile cleaning process.
Ceramic tiles can also be steam cleaned. But after cleaning a ceramic tile, there is no need to apply any sealers. When ceramic tiles are made, they are finished with a glaze that protects the surface from staining. The only part that can be sealed with a ceramic tile clean is the grout lines. The grout is porous and will absorb stains such as tea, coffee and general dirt and grime. Applying a protective sealer to the grout lines will help in the everyday cleaning of the tiles.
Everyday Tile Cleaning
How do you clean tiles properly for everyday cleaning in your home? It’s easy if you use the correct cleaning solutions. So many people these days use harsh cleaning products on tiles and do more damage than good. Over time, these cleaning solutions will damage the surface of the tile and also permanently discolour the grout. Call your local tile cleaner and ask for their advice on the best way to clean the tiles and the correct tile cleaning solution to use. This way you will prevent any serious damage being done and also make your tiles last for as long as the manufacturer intended them to last.
Before and After Tile Cleaning