Caring for your Ceramic Tiles

by Rio Calven

Ceramic tiles are both durable and fragile at the same time. Yes, they can certainly last the years of wear and tear, of continuous exposure to different elements, and to the awesome weight that you put on them.

But just as easily, all it takes is a single brutal force, or a persistent element to slowly wear the tile’s vitality away, and weaken it from both inside out, until it becomes a brittle, useless husk. Check out these tips on how to care for them, so they can easily last you throughout your lifetime (and quite possibly, even your children’s children!).

At least clean your tiles with a damp rag, some warm water, and possibly with a half and half solution of hydrogen peroxide. Not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for safety, health, and sanitary reasons as well. Ceramic tiles are most used around bathrooms and showers, so there are different things to look out for. The difference between the two usually lies around how they are being used, who uses them, and what they are experiencing everyday.

For kitchen sinks, the tiles would most usually get smothered by kitchen wastes, soapy water, scum, grime, animal blood and food entrails. Grass stains are rare, but they can also happen (especially if you’re the type to often cook vegetables). The chlorophyll can stain lightly, but it is a stain nonetheless.

Food stains attract cockroaches and flies, which in turn bring with them dangerous microbes and bacteria. Give your sink a good warm rinse over, along with your tiles, and douse the area with hot (not boiling!) water to kill germs that would have possibly survived the earlier, weekday purging. Do not forget the hydrogen-peroxide bath, which is a must to prevent mold development (or kill mold growth at an early stage). Once mold has set in, it is rather impossible to remove without considering regrouting, or even re-tiling (but not before clearing out the mold that has grown underneath).

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