Tile Maintenance 101: How to Clean Ceramic Tiles in the Philippines
What are the best ways to remove stains, dirt, and other foreign material from your ceramic tiles?
- Use the right materials
- Sweep or vacuum ceramic floor tiles
- Care for ceramic tiles in the bathroom
In the Philippines, ceramic tiles have been a popular tile choice among a large majority of homeowners because of its elegance, versatility, and durability. Ceramic tiles are of the few tile types that are suitable for different kinds of applications. It can be used in the bathroom, entryway floors, kitchens, countertops, backsplashes and so much more. Not only is it functional, it is also aesthetic and is sure to add style—and value—to any home.
Another wonderful thing about ceramic tiles is that they require very little upkeep. You can get that clean, modern look without having to do much maintenance work, and isn’t that just every homeowner’s dream? However, don’t make the mistake of not caring for your ceramic tiles at all—as most people often do.
Though durable and practical, ceramic tiles still require constant and proper care in order to stay in pristine condition especially if you plan to keep them for many years. If you don’t know how then we’ll gladly tell you! Here are the best ways to clean your ceramic tiles in the Philippines.
Use the Right Materials
Here is a list of things you can’t or should avoid using on your ceramic tiles:
- Bleach and ammonia
- Cleaners made of acid or bleach
- Wax-based cleaners
- Oil-based detergents
- Harsh cleaning aids that contain metal (steel wool pads)
The things listed above are guaranteed to damage your tiles. They may either cause discoloration or scratch your tiles, both of which will ruin the entirety of your décor. For routine maintenance procedure, simply use the following materials:
- Mild solution of warm water and non-acidic detergent
- Strong but neutral-pH cleaner
These are the only things you need to perform proper maintenance of your ceramic tiles. Spray them with the right solution—either of water and detergent or a neutral-pH cleaner—and mop them nice and clean. You can work on any stubborn areas with a soft cloth instead of a sponge or some other cleaning aid. Once you’ve scrubbed down the entire area, rinse with plain warm water.
That’s it—quick and simple! If you can clean your tiles with the right materials once or twice a week, they’re guaranteed to maintain their condition for a long time.
Sweep or Vacuum Ceramic Floor Tiles
As easy as it is to clean ceramic tiles, it is much easier to get them dirty. Dirt and debris can quickly accumulate on the surface cause some kind of tile damage, so it’s best to get rid of them immediately.
You can do this by sweeping your flower using a soft brush broom or vacuum the area using a soft head attachment. You can also use a dry duster and run it over the floor to completely remove any dust that has accumulated. It is important that you use soft brushes to prevent scratching the surface of your tiles.
Once you’ve successfully swept or vacuumed your floor, mop the surface with the right materials—given above. Do this several times over and remember to replace the cleaning solution as you work your way across the floor. For your last run-through, use hot water and then let it air dry.
Care for Ceramic Tiles in the Bathroom
When placed anywhere else other than the bathroom, ceramic tiles are fairly easy to maintain and even easier to clean. A thorough sweeping and wiping often does the job, but such routines won’t work in ceramic tiles used in the bathroom. These surfaces that are exposed to a lot of dampness come with their own challenges that are difficult for any homeowner to overcome.
We’ll tackle these challenges one at a time so you won’t get too overwhelmed.
- Mold growth – in order to prevent mildew or mold growth, get a spray bottle full of warm water and mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil in it. Shake vigorously and mist the tiles with it.
- Soap residue – soap scum or soap residue can be painful to look at but they’re easy to remove so you shouldn’t worry. Simply make a baking soda and water paste and scrub it onto the tiles using a soft nylon brush like a toothbrush and then rinse.
- Water spots – these things should be dealt with as soon as possible because they become harder to remove over time. So once you see any water spots on your tiles, grab sponge and dip it in distilled vinegar and start cleaning. If you aren’t happy with the results, you can try the baking soda & water mixture. Just make sure to rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth afterwards.
There are many other ways to clean your ceramic tiles like steam cleaning but you’d need a steam cleaner to do that and those don’t sell for cheap. What we’ve given you are methods that use regular household items like cloth, water, baking soda and the like, so you won’t have any excuse to not clean your ceramic tiles in the Philippines.
Ceramic tiles, whether used for as floor tiles or wall tiles, offer great aesthetic value, but all of it will be wasted if you don’t make it a habit to clean them. It won’t even take much time and effort. Sweep, mop, and wipe—that’s all there is to it. If you can do this regularly, your interior décor won’t be jeopardized and you can get all the benefits that ceramic tiles have to offer