Ceramic Bathroom Floor Tiles: Installation and Care
Ceramic tiles have always been the material of choice in kitchen and bathrooms. And why not? After all, it is durable and can withstand constant abuse. They are also resistant to water and moisture damage, as well as stain. And, when installed properly, they will not break easily.
Still, deciding if they are the right flooring material for you will take some consideration. Keep in mind that replacing old, worn out floors would require money and extensive work, both of which you must be able to invest in. Then, there is also the matter of post-installation maintenance that you must carry out daily or periodically. Of course, if you are already certain to have ceramic bathroom floor tiles installed, then you should be ready for all the work involved, during and after the renovation project.
So, how do you exactly keep the ceramic flooring clean, bright, and shiny?
First off, you need to set a date to clean the bathroom. That is, if you can’t do it on a daily basis. This is because dirt can easily accumulate in just a matter of days, which would need extensive cleaning. It is up to you if you do this chore weekly, every other day, or in the middle of the week. What matters is that you set a date and then follow it.
Next, know the dos and don’ts in cleaning tile flooring. This includes using the right cleaning agent and tools. To ensure that you do not leave scratches or marks on the floor, avoid using abrasive chemicals, brushes, and sponges. As for grouts, there are cleaning solutions designed for them. The safest option, however, is a homemade mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
However, before you get down on all fours and start scrubbing like crazy, it is important that you know the kind of dirt that you are likely to encounter in the bathroom. This is because there are solutions for every type of dirt, which will make your work easier and quicker.
- Soap scum can be removed by adding laundry detergent on the affected area and then allow it to stand for a few hours. Then, using a sponge, you can rub it off and then rinse with clean water. For stubborn stains, however, you can use tri-sodium phosphate.
- Hard water stains on ceramic floor tiles can be treated using acid-based cleaners. Just remember to use gloves and keep the exhaust fan open when working with such chemicals. A safer alternative would be a full strength vinegar and elbow grease.
- Mold and mildew should be treated with chlorine-based solvents. The same chemicals would also help clean the grout.
Now that you know what to do, maintenance of ceramic bathroom floor tiles would be a breeze.