Flooring can be one of the largest investments a homeowner will make, so make sure you extend the life of your tiles using these tips.
Tiles are already an extremely hardwearing flooring material, a great choice for rental properties and high traffic areas. But despite their durable nature, even tiles can become quickly worn down and require replacing if they aren’t cared for properly. These maintenance tips will help you to get the most out of your tiles.
Protect your entrances and exits
Areas like entryways, exits and hallways tend to have high levels of foot-traffic, causing tiles to degenerate more quickly. Prolong the life of your tiles in heavily used areas by putting in place protective measures. Rugs and welcome mats are excellent for protecting floors, and they can be a fun way to change up your décor. Make sure you are also sweeping or vacuuming regularly to prevent stains and build up.
2. Proper Cleaning
Manufacturers may recommend different cleaning methods depending on the type of tiles you have. It is important to properly clean your tiles at least once a week to keep them looking shiny and new. As a general rule, most tiles can be cleaned with a mild detergent mixed with hot water, but check your product instructions for specifics.
3. Sealants and Waterproofing
Tiles that are positioned in wet areas like laundries and bathrooms will require waterproofing before tiles are laid. In most States, only licensed water proofers are able to do this job so you may have to get someone in. Consider using a tile grout sealant to help stop water from working its way under your flooring.
4. Repair any damage as it happens
Fixing damaged tiles is an important part of tile maintenance. Make sure you replace broken or scratched tiles to prevent damage from spreading. When you purchase your tiles, make sure you order a few more than you need so that you have tiles handy to use as replacements. Maintain your grout lines by keeping them clean and make sure to add more grout when it begins to break down.
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