Taking Care Of Tiles The Smart Way

Mumbai posted on 12.12.2016

Tiles are increasingly making an appearance in homes across the country. Whether on the surfaces of bathrooms and kitchens or the floors of a living room or dining space, tiles, in an unending variety of colours, patterns and styles can be seriously show-stopping. But getting the tiles installed is just the beginning of the process. It begins with ensuring the correct laying, and is an ongoing journey of ensuring that their looks and texture last a long time.

Let’s face it. You can make a home look picture perfect, like a vignette straight out of an interiors magazine, but it won’t last long. Children will walk in, trailing mud from the playground, someone will spill a drink, and pets will run across your pristine, patterned floor. And why not? A home is meant to be lived in. It’s meant to be used, to withstand all kinds of traffic. But let this not deter you from enjoying the perks of tiled décor. Tile maintenance can be simple with the right know how. 

Using the conventional application of a manually made mixture of ordinary cement and sand for tiling can lead to several headache inducing problems like tile slippage, hollow sounds, tile cracking, or de-bonding. The adhesion offered by conventional methods of tiling or stone fixing is especially low when heavy tiles and natural stones (like marble or granite) are fixed on walls. The weight of these stones or tiles, combined with the poor quality of the mixture and the method of application can lead to tiling maintenance problems, which can be easily avoided by using the appropriate, high quality tile adhesive for your different tiling purposes. Asian Paints SmartCare Tile Adhesive for Normal Application provides excellent bonding for fixing tiles on floor or walls for interiors or exteriors. For tile-on-tile application, or for vertical application of heavy tiles on walls, you can prevent several tiling related problems by using the Asian Paints SmartCare Adhesive for Tile-On-Tile Application. Likewise, for fixing glass mosaic tiles, Asian Paints SmartCare Glass Tile Adhesive gives you long lasting, problem-free tile adhesion.

Your grout may be exposed to highly acidic substances like orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, tomato-based products, mustard and many soft drinks, and you will need to use basic household cleaners to keep it clean. White cement used to fill tile gaps can easily corrode away with the use of these cleaners. For long lasting grout that resists corrosion from everyday maintenance, use Smartcare Tile Grout, a cement based grout ideal of filling tile joints up to 5 mm width, and available in seven shades. For ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles and stone joints, SmartCare Tile Grout – Epoxy Based, available in 26 shades is a great choice. 

Once your tiles have been laid in the correct way, with proper tile-to-tile or tile to surface bonding, comes the question of ensuring their upkeep and prevention of day-to-day damage. Use these smart ways to keep your tiles looking new.

Sweep, vacuum or wipe the tile surface to remove all dust and debris before using any cleaning products. Mop your tile floor with warm water and a tile-specific cleaning product to reduce chances of abrasion from grit and soil, while enhancing your tile’s gloss, shine and colour.

A cup of white vinegar mixed with a gallon of water is a wonderful, odour-eliminating cleanser. This is a wonderful alternative for harsh chemicals. For daily maintenance of bath and wet areas tile surfaces, use a neutral, ph-balanced cleaner to clean everyday soils and stains.

Let any mud stain on the tile surface dry completely. Remove dried mud with a soft plastic nylon brush. Then clean the area with a tile cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.

If your tiles look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. On ceramic tiles, you can use fresh lemon juice for cleaning, but do not try anything even mildly acidic on marble. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, and dry with a clean lint-free cloth.

To prevent food spills from leaving a mark, scoop up food with a plastic spoon. Blot with a dry white cloth. Spray the area with a neutral cleaner and wipe off with a clean cloth.

Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.

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