Tile Maintenance and Cleaning
After all the effort involved with your tiling project, you’ll want to make sure they are well maintained and well cared for.
5 Tips for maintaining and cleaning your new tiles:
- Soon after the tiles have been fitted and settled, use a sealer on the grout joints. Make sure to test the sealer on a spare tile or small area first to make sure it doesn’t damage or discolour the tiles in any way.
- If any grout cracks or gets damaged, remove the grout in the area with a grout rake, and reapply.
- For general maintenance, regularly sweep the floor and clean using a damp mop. This should be about once a week, depending how high traffic the area is.
- For a more thorough clean, use a non-abrasive detergent and warm water to clean. We recommend using Fila Cleaner.
- Don’t use any acid or bleach based cleaners.
Replacing Damaged Tiles
It happens unfortunately, occasionally you might have to replace a tile that has been damaged. Don’t worry though, they’re fairly simple to replace, just follow these steps:
Using a grout rake, scrape the old grout from around the damaged tile. Make sure to do this gently to avoid damage to any of the other tiles.
Drill 5 holes in the tile, one near each corner and one in the centre (you may need more if it’s a large tile). Only drill through the tile and not too far behind it.
Use a chisel and hammer to join the holes into an x shape from the centre hole. This will loosen sections of the damaged tile, don’t be too rough or you might damage nearby tiles.
Once the damaged tile has been removed, scrape away the old adhesive until it’s fully clear.
Apply adhesive onto the back of the new replacement tile, this is easier than trying to apply directly to the surface.
Place the tile on the surface and twist into place to ensure it sticks, use tile spacers on each side of the tile.
Leave to set before you re-apply grout to the joints.