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Ceramic Tiles Care Guide

Here are our tips to keep your natural tiles looking as pristine as they deserve.

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How to clean ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are among our most popular wall and floor tiles at New Image. They are hard-wearing, low maintenance and suitable for walls and bathroom floors. To keep tiles looking their best, it’s a good idea to clean them on a regular basis. This will prevent the build-up of dirt and ensure they look great for years to come! In this guide we share our top tips for cleaning glazed and unglazed ceramic wall and floor tiles. We also recommend our favourite products and maintenance techniques.

Cleaning after installation

If the tiles or grout are left dirty after installation, we recommend using a professional cleaner such as Grimex to achieve long lasting results. Grimex is a heavy-duty grime remover, which will clean tough stains and restore tiles and grout to their original condition.

If tiles have been left with residue from grout that has not been cleaned off, products such as Grout Stain Remover are an excellent option.

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Brushing and vacuuming

Ceramic tiles are extremely durable, but they are prone to scratching if they come into contact with an abrasive particles over a prolonged period of time. Brushing your ceramic tiles two or three times a week will prevent the accumulation of dirt, sand and grit, which can damage the tiles surface.

Try and use a soft bristle brush so as not to damage the tiles. You can also a microfibre mop.

Cleaning ceramic tiles

Over time ceramic tiles can become dull and lack lustre if they are not cleaned regularly. It’s fairly simple to restore tiles to their former glory, with a few simple steps and relatively inexpensive cleaning products.

We recommend mopping or wiping ceramic tiles once a week with soap, or a diluted solution of water and mild multipurpose cleaner. For the best results avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia and anything containing oil or wax.

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Cleaning unglazed ceramic tiles

Unglazed tiles do not have a protective barrier, which means they are more porous and consequently more prone to staining. To clean unglazed tiles, follow the steps above, but try to avoid using harsh chemicals and do not saturate the area with water.

Stubborn stains may require a little elbow grease!

How to clean ceramic tiles

  • To clean, start by removing loose debris using a brush, then clean with mild detergent as detailed below.
  • Mix up a weak solution of water and cleaning detergent. If using shop bought cleaning fluid read the label carefully before use to ensure it is suitable for use with ceramic tiles
  • You could also use a cleaning product that is specially formulated for tiles. This will be available from reputable tile suppliers, such as New Image in Weymouth. We always recommend product from the LTP range to our customers
  • If you would prefer to use a natural solution you could mix white vinegar and water. This avoids harsh chemicals and is suitable for households with children and pets
  • Use a clean mop or wet clean cloth to gently wash the floors. You should leave the detergent to sit for a couple of minutes before using a clean mop and water to wash the product away. This will remove soap residue, which can make the tiles look hazy
  • Allow the tile to air dry or remove excess water with a clean microfibre towel. Buff in a circular motion to remove water spots
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Grout maintenance

Grout is prone to staining, which can make the rest of the tiles look dirty. To reduce this, we suggest sealing the grout with LTP Grout Protector straight after installation to protect it from wear and tear.

There are a number of grout cleaners on the market which can be used on a regular basis to remove dirt and grime. We suggest LTP Grout Stain Remover or a mix of baking soda and water (1:1) ratio, if you’d prefer to use a natural remedy.