Whether it be a backsplash or other tiles on your home’s walls, it’s important that you know ways to maintain the tile in your home to ensure a long lifespan and the freshest look. While it’s not exactly difficult to maintain tile, there are some good tips and tricks we must share with you.
Enhancing the Tile
With warm water and mild soap, you should mop your home’s tile floors and wash its tiled walls weekly. This not only keeps the tile clear of dirt, debris, and marks, but the soap will help to enhance the color within the tiles that may be hiding under dust and dullness. Thankfully, this is an easy task because the lack of pores in the tiles makes it difficult for dirt and other substances to get in–can be easily wiped away with minimal effort.
Repairing the Grout
The grout–the mix of water, cement, and sand in between each tile–also needs to be given equal amounts of attention. To properly clean in between the tiles, you should use a mixture of baking soda and water to make a cleaning agent relative to paste. Let the paste sit in the grout overnight and then scrub the grout the next day, preferably with a toothbrush or something of equal size to really get in there.
If you need to replace the grout entirely, we recommend color adaptive grout. This will make the new grout look natural and blend in with the rest of the wall, so that it’s as unnoticeable as possible. This is especially ideal for artistic types who like to design murals into their walls or floors using tile, as it won’t compromise your vision by sticking out.
Protect With Rugs
Another way to maintain the tile in your home is to add rugs as a preventative measure. We’re not suggesting you throw a rug over every tile, of course, but in areas that see heavy foot traffic. A rug is a useful shield that will prevent your tiles from being dulled or scratched, or experience a buildup of dirt that will require more frequent cleaning.