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by Jason Neale
Tile cleaning is a specialist job. Cleaning tiles correctly requires the aid of good cleaning products and also the right machine to clean and rinse the products from the tiles. Tiles are a tough and durable surface that generally requires little maintenance, but the surface can be damaged if the wrong product is used.
If any cleaning solutions that are made for tile cleaning are left on the surface, they will attract dirt and re-soil faster than if they were removed fully. Most cleaning solutions will leave a sticky residue that needs to be removed. It’s this residue that the dirt will stick to and make the tiles re-soil faster.
Tile Cleaning Methods
There are a few different methods in cleaning tiles, but the most effective is using a steam cleaning machine. It will not only make the cleaning solution more effective, but will also sanitise the surface. Sanitising is very important in wet area as bacteria can build up over time. The first signs of bacteria in wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens or laundries, are mould. Mould will form in the edges and cracks of broken tiles or damaged grout lines, so regular cleaning in these areas is important.
The main problem most home owners have with cleaning their bathroom tiles is the soap scum build-up. It can be very difficult to remove and, in most cases, will require a cleaning solution with an acidic base to it to bring them back to life. This is where a test piece should be done prior to any cleaning. The test on the surface of the tile and the grout will tell a professional tile cleaner which solution should be used.
To gain the best results in any tile cleaning process is to understand what solutions works best on the particular tile to be cleaned. All tiles can react differently to the many different cleaning solutions found on the market today, so it’s important that the tile cleaning company hired has a wide range of tile cleaning solutions.