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Three common tile cleaning mistakes

Taking care of your porous surfaces isn’t rocket science, and a little bit of common sense will take you a long way. However, there are some common mistakes that people make when cleaning their tiles that you should be aware of.

Using the wrong cleaning products

One of the most common mistakes people make when cleaning their tiles is resorting to the harsh cleaning products they keep under the sink, or opting for the first chemical cleaner they see in the supermarket.

These products are often too strong for porous surfaces and can do more harm than good, leading to long term damage. They are also not particularly cost-effective.

In fact, many of the most common stains can be removed with regular household products such as baking soda, white vinegar or detergent. These should be your first port of call before turning towards more intensive, commercial chemicals.

Failing to spot test

Regardless of what cleaning product or technique you are using, it’s important to always test your method on a small area before applying it in bulk.

Choose a small, somewhat hidden section of tile and clean it using the same technique you are planning on using on the rest of your surface. Leave it for 24 hours and return the next day. Check for signs of degradation or staining.

Not thinking long term

A big mistake that many people make when cleaning tiles is failing to think ahead, and only considering the here and now. Sure, you could just wash off that unsightly efflorescence, but will that really solve the problem?

There are steps that you can take now to make cleaning your tiles much easier in the future, such as sealing any porous surfaces with a proven impregnating sealer.

Not only will this help protect the quality and appearance of your tiles, but it will also make cleaning them much easier further down the line. That’s something that future-you will be very grateful for!

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