RAK Ceramics shares tips and tricks to gleam and dazzle your tiles
It is a well-known fact that cleanliness is the art of keeping the surrounding clean and avoiding grime to achieve wellbeing. The importance and purpose of staying clean is taught to us right from our childhood. A gentle hand and few cleaning techniques is all that you need to keep your tiles dazzling. World’s fourth largest ceramic brand, specialising in tiles, sanitary ware, counter-top surfaces and mega slabs, RAK Ceramics has revealed top secrets to keep tiles shiny and gleaming as new:
- Swish or vacuum your tiles, 3-4 times a week. Outside dirt, visible or not visible to the naked eye can dull how your tiles look over a period of time. Now ceramic tiles may be invulnerable to dirt but soil and grit can dull the glazed surfaces quite rapidly. Mop at least 2 times a week. Mix a mild cleanser with warm water & scrub the floor with a rag or a plastic mop with fiber cloth. These are easily available at all super markets. Avoid using sponge mops as they tend to push the grime towards the grout. Trust us when we say, cleaning that will be double the work!
- Change your tools i.e. bucket and the mop often for cleanliness and hygiene purposes. Also change the water at least 2 times depending upon the area you are cleaning. This is done to avoid a gloomy looking floor. Watch out for tile stains. In case you come across discolouration, determine what might have led to it. Check with your tile provider on what kind of cleaner you could use to get rid of discoloration. Never let your glazed tiles air dry. The water used for cleaning can leave a light film on the surface making it look highly unkempt. You can fix this problem yourself by cleaning the tiles with a dry cloth after mopping. Feel free to use a cut of cloth using your foot to slide the cloth uniformly over the floor and voila!
- Remember that you must never clean marble tiles with anything that has a high pH level. All-purpose cleaners with lemon or vinegar must be avoided as they will scrape the surface. Also avoid tough bristles/ plastic brushes that may scratch the surface easily. Granite tiles on the other hand, must be cleaned with a cleanser that is pH neutral.
- Above all, the real secret to keeping tiles lustrous is cleaning the grout! Grout is porous and certainly absorbs oil, spill of water and other stains. Especially in the kitchen areas. Avoid all the cleaning solutions. Mix a paste of baking soda and warm water. Rub it on the grout and leave it overnight. Scrub the grout area in the morning with a firm plastic brush that won’t scratch the surface but would only clean.
You might not even realize how dirty your tiles are, until you actually start cleaning them regularly. Happy Cleaning!