How To Maintain Tile Floors

Tile is one of the strongest and most beautiful materials for bathrooms. You can make your bathroom colorful and unique by choosing your own tile. You can even design your own layout to make your room truly standout. The best part about designing your own tile is that there is no right or wrong way to lay it out. But tile does still need to be properly maintained. This article will explain how to make sure that your tile floor lasts for a long time.

Choosing the Right Type of Tile

Firstly, you need to make sure that you choose the right type of tile. Ceramic tile is perfect for the moist environment of a bathroom. Most ceramic tiles are solid colors.

If you want a tile that has a natural texture, like stone, you should choose one that is glazed. Glazed tile will be perfectly waterproof. It is possible to install raw stone tiles, but you will need to constantly (every year or two) reseal the tile to make it waterproof. This means that stone tile floors are not ideal for customers who aren't willing to take on the extra maintenance.

Preserving the Grout

The weakest point of any tile surface is the grout. If the grout lines are not sealed, tile in a bathroom will not last very long. Grout can even deteriorate over time if it is not properly sealed. This can lead to deterioration of the mortar underneath the tile. This is why it is so important that you learn how to seal grout.

Sealing grout is actually very easy. Grout sealant comes in large bottles and the best way to apply it to the grout is with a lint free rag. Before you apply any grout sealant, make sure that you thoroughly clean and vacuum your floor. You can pour a small amount of sealant onto the grout and then spread it all over the grout lines with the rag. Use a wetter rag to spread the sealant all over, then use a drier rag to soak it up. You need to apply multiple coats for a stronger seal. For a bathroom floor, you should apply two coats. If you are resealing a tile shower, you will need to apply 3 coats.

Sealing your grout is essential if you want to maintain the strength and style of your tile floor. If you choose a glazed or ceramic tile, you will only need to focus on maintaining the grout lines.

Talk to home improvement contractors, like Crivitz Lumber & Rental, for more information about different tile options and how to maintain them.