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.