Tile Cleaning – Experience the Difference
Tile cleaning is fast becoming an important part of domestic cleaning chores. We all have tiles in our homes. We find them on walls and floors in bathrooms and kitchens, but tiled floors in other rooms are also popular. To keep them looking best, they benefit from tile cleaning by a professional. We recommend that they should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
Ceramic tiles are attractive and durable and do not absorb moisture. A bonus for our health is that they do not give off any volatile organic compounds, which have been recognised as having serious health risks. For instance, many pressed-wood products, fabrics and the adhesives used to keep them in place often contain formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic. These compounds also contribute to many types of allergic reactions. Even after installation, these gases continue being emitted for a long time and we continue breathing them in.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are made mainly from clay and shale, which is shaped and then fired at high temperatures. The adhesives used for tiles are usually cement based, which does not give off any gases. In a typical ceramic tile and stone installation, the total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) in the building is practically nil.
However, they can present problems in keeping them clean and looking at their best. In the kitchen, there can be food splashes and a greasy film, which develops over time.
A problem with floor tiles can be a built up of soap scum. If a detergent is used to wash the tiles, it leaves a thin film on them. Over time, this will increase and trap dirt.
In bathrooms, there can be a built up of soap scum and – even worth – mould. Mould fungi need humidity to grow, which is unavoidable in a bathroom. Mould also likes soap residues, which again is something the spores will find in a bathroom. Mould is not only an optical issue, it can also be a serious health risk, because many of us are allergic to it. It can cause many symptoms, e.g. asthma, sneezing, sinus problems, coughing, headaches, skin rashes, watery and itchy eyes, and tiredness. Mould usually starts in the grouting, but if left unattended can also spread onto the tiles themselves.
What can you do? Floor tiles should be vacuumed regularly, rather than swept. Sweeping blows the dust up into the air, which might cause problems with respiratory allergies. Vacuuming will remove the dust and little particles like sand, which sit on the surface. Then the floor should be wiped with a damp mop or cloth using warm water, possibly with a drop or two of vinegar or disinfectant added. Be careful not to get the floor too wet. Wiping the floors will remove any residual dirt.
To clean bathroom and kitchen, however, you will probably need some all-purpose cleaner to give the tiles a good scrub. Just make sure that you rinse them thoroughly afterwards to stop soap scum from accumulating.
So where do we come in?
It is much more difficult to keep the grouting from looking tired. Unlike tiles, the grouting is porous and attracts grime and mould. This is when you need a professional tile cleaning by our experienced technicians. They will use specialised cleaning solutions and suction equipment, which will leave your tiles and grouting looking like new. If you wish, we can also apply a sealant to protect your tiles from rapid re-soiling. Your beautiful tiles are worth professional tile cleaning!
To sum up
Our technicians will clean and sanitise your tiles.
We will extract any residual dirt.
We seal tiles and grout for great future maintenance.
Give us a call!
Sources and Further Reading:
Arthur Mintie, ‘Use Ceramic Tile & Stone for a Healthy Building Environment’, Tile Today, Issue 53 (2006), pp.26-29. URL: http://www.infotile.com/pdffile/advicetopic/48201024933.pdf [last accessed 24 Oct. 2016]
‘Mould and Condensation in Your Home’, Government of Western Australia, Department of Health. URL: http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/2887/2/Mould+Fact+Sheet.pdf [last accessed 24 Oct. 2016]
‘Dirty Tiles ’, Beaumont Tiles. URL: http://www.beaumont-tiles.com.au/Tile-DIY-Info/The-Tile-Doctor/Dirty-Tiles [last accessed 25 Oct. 2016]