By : Lim Wei Di
15 September 2018
Have you ever stepped into a beautifully furnished home, only to realise that the floor looks kind of old and dingy? What a shame!
Keeping your tiles looking good is actually a lot easier than you think. Read on to find out how.
The first step in maintaining your tiles is to keep them clean, as dirt can dull and scratch tile surface. It is therefore important to sweep or vacuum your floor regularly, and mop it with water at least once a week.
You can mop the floor with a mixture of warm water and mild cleaning detergent. White vinegar works too, especially for greasy floors. After cleaning, mop the entire area again with clean water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
Cleaning grout lines
You know the lines between your tiles? They are known as grout lines. Grout is the paste used to fill up the gaps between the tiles. As it is porous, grout will absorb dirt, grease and other stains, which leads to dirty grout lines and dingy floors over time. Gross!
To get rid of dirty grout lines, make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the grout lines with a toothbrush, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, scrub along the grout lines with a stiff nylon brush. Never use a metal brush, as it would damage the grout and scratch the tiles. When the grout lines are dry, apply a silicone-based grout sealer to repel future stains.
Fix the cracks
Spot hairline cracks on your tiles? There is an easy way to conceal them without having to replace the tiles, by using oil-based paint and clear epoxy.
First, clean the affected tiles with soapy water. Thereafter, thoroughly dry the tiles, preferably with a hair dryer. Using a small paint brush, apply a thin layer of oil-based primer on the hairline cracks, and leave it on for at least 2 hours. Next, find an oil-based paint that matches closely the colour of your tiles, and paint it over the cracks using light strokes. When the paint is dry, dab just enough clear epoxy to cover the cracks and level them with the rest of the tile.
To be absolutely careful (it is better to be kiasu in this case!), you can put protective pads under heavy furniture to prevent them from damaging your floor tiles. You can also place mats on areas with high human traffic, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks and stoves, to keep the tiles in tip-top condition.
When cleaning the floor, do not use cleaners containing acid or bleach, as they can alter the colour of the tiles and stain the grout. Also, avoid oil-based detergents, wax cleaners, and cleaners containing dye or colouring.
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