There’s nothing quite as glorious as a freshly-tiled bathroom that’s sparkling from corner to corner and every bit a showroom-worthy masterpiece.
As such, there’s really nothing worse than looking at the same bathroom a month later only to discover that it’s already lost about 75% of its lustre, and for all intents and purposes could have been re-tiled a decade ago. Worse still, when and where this happens, it often comes down to one simple thing – poor maintenance on the part of the owner, as in you!
Bathroom tile cleaning seems like a bit of a no-brainer in terms of simplicity, but is nonetheless approached entirely wrongly by a huge chunk of the population. So, if you have no choice but to put your hand up and admit to being guilty of any of the following, chances are you’d be best-advised to quit right now before the damage begins to show through in your bathrooms:
Using Ammonia and Bleach.
Quality tiles tend to be extremely resistant to even the strongest of cleaning products, but the same certainly cannot be said for the grout between them. Harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia will affect the appearance of your tiling at best, or lead to the grout becoming damaged and its integrity compromised at worst. And of course, if you’ve invested in low-grade tiles there’s a pretty strong chance you’ll also wreck their finish by using harsh cleaners too. Only ever use approved products made specifically for tile cleaning, not just any old chemicals from around the home.
Another extremely common habit that has the potential to make a mess of your tiles is that of getting well and truly carried away with the abrasive scrubbing. Tiles are by their very nature, durable and resistant, but will at the same time only ever be able to take a certain amount of abuse by way of harsh scrubbing before they begin to lose their shine and lustre. Scrubbing tiles is neither recommended nor necessary, so look after your investment by going for a gentler touch overall.
Beware of Vacuum Cleaners.
If possible, you might want to avoid using the vacuum cleaner on your shiny-glossy bathroom tiles. The reason being that over time it is common for vacuum cleaners to develop rather sharp edges and rough surfaces underneath that may not be visible to the naked eye or of any consequence to the carpets you vacuum daily. By contrast, they could make a mess of your tiles quite effectively, so be careful when it comes to vacuuming.
Leaving Tiles Wet.
Last but not least, it’s natural to assume that there’s really nothing at all wrong with leaving a decent amount of water over the surface of your tiles as they’re largely waterproof and will dry on their own sooner or later. Unfortunately however, this is another area in which so many go wrong, as the water from your taps contains a wide variety of minerals which, when left in contact with tiles for a long period of time, can actually eat away at the tile’s lustre, colour, and finish.