Tile Floor Restoration

8 May

maintenanceStained, dingy ceramic tiles may eventually not come clean with regular cleaning. Abrasive cleaners not only do not restore ceramic, but they leave minute etches that dull ceramic tile surfaces. Newly formulated acidic cleaners for ceramics can cut dirt without etching or damage. After cleaning, some tiles may still need further work, especially if they are cracked. Replacing these tiles can be the most apparent and simple way to restore a tile floor, but there are steps to clean the tile thoroughly and address dingy grout.

First, the bottoms of cabinets, appliances and baseboards should be taped of with an extended release masking tape. At this point, a thorough sweep underneath cabinets and in places that dirt gathers is necessary. Concentrate on areas where buildup is normal. Invest in a quality acidic ceramic tile cleaner and dilute as instructed. Working in small areas, mop the solution on vigorously. For tougher areas, a soft scrub brush or a deck broom may be necessary. Empty the bucket of dirty solution, and rinse the bucket clean. Refill the bucket with clean water, and continue to mop the floor clean of grime and solution. Repeat this step until the cleaning water stays somewhat clear and free of the acidic odor.Wipe the tiles dry with a clean towel, and remove the masking tape. Wipe the baseboards and appliances to remove any remaining cleaning residue.

The next step in revitalizing the tile floors is to address the grout issues. The floor tiles were cleaned first to prevent dirt from being re applied to the grout. Grout is a mixture of water, sand, and cement. It is designed to keeps the tile in place and provide added strength to the floor by filling the voids between tile and the subfloor. Grout can be difficult to clean, but is necessary to revitalize tile flooring. Grout lines are easily dirtied and stained, and can dull the appearance of tile flooring. Sealing the grout lines after cleaning will make this process easier in the future.

There are many grout cleaning products and gimmicks on the market, but professionals use oxygen bleach powder.Oxygen bleach is nontoxic. It does not off let fumes, and does not stain or bleach clothing. It removes grease and stains with oxygen ions that bleach stains at the molecular level. Mix oxygen bleach with warm water until it dissolves, and pour the solution onto the grout. Apply the oxygen-bleach solution to dry grout to maximize penetration. Let the solution penetrate for twenty minutes and then check its progress. Reapply until the grout lines are clean. De Leon says this, along with the tile cleaning, will revitalize worn tile floors.

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