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Bathroom tiles – how do you maintain them to make them last for years?

Bathroom tiles – how do you maintain them to make them last for years?

Despite shifting decoration trends, ceramic tiles remain the most popular solution applied in bathrooms and kitchens. Durable, resistant to water and temperature fluctuations, money-saving, and exceptionally pleasant to look at, they can last for years. This is a list of their most important characteristics, as well as the rules for maintaining them.

Made of ceramic materials – mainly clay – tiles have been used to secure and decorate walls and floors for centuries. Their popularity, however, results chiefly from the very long list of their functional properties. What do we appreciate them for?

The advantages of ceramic tiles

First of all, ceramic tiles are very durable. When fired properly, they are characterised by a high level of hardness and resistance to scratches and small-scale mechanical damage. Moreover, tiles with glazed surfaces are impermeable, i.e. completely resistant to water and moisture. It is this very characteristic that renders them perfect for applications in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.

The fact that they are easily kept clean is very important. This trait will be appreciated not only by perfectionists, but by those suffering from allergies as well. All you need to remove dirt and dust is a wipe, water, and some detergent (or an eco-friendly equivalent).

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Another advantage of tiles it their versatility. They can be laid both indoors (even inside heavily-frequented public facilities) and outdoors – in the latter case, frost-resistant tiles are necessary. Tiles can be used with floor heating systems – heated floors radiate their warmth over a long time and in an even manner, making the solution both convenient and energy-efficient. Large tiles may adorn flat surfaces, while mosaics are suitable for rounded ones, such as columns and walk-in shower cabins.
The aesthetic aspect of the tiles should not be underestimated either. Owing to modern technology, they can be made to resemble all kinds of natural materials – wood, stone, concrete, or metal. The tiles, of course, do not have the disadvantages of the said materials. They are available in an exceptionally broad colour range (the number of patterns, textures, shapes and sizes is virtually unlimited). Tiles are a relatively inexpensive solution. In addition, they are easily laid.

How do you take care of your tiles to make them last for years?

As we said, keeping ceramic tiles clean usually does not entail any problems. This does not mean, however, that they require no care at all. In order to make them last for a long time, it is a good idea to give them some attention. The surface-keeping rules depend, above all, on the kind of tiles used, or, more specifically, on the type of their surface.
Glazed tiles require nothing but water. For stoneware, however – even polished variants – we recommend impregnating the tiles using the proper preparations. Thanks to this simple process, you will be able to keep your stoneware clean easily and for longer.

The selection of cleaning detergents, such as liquids, pastes, milks and sprays, is enormous; the choice is, above all, a matter of personal preference. It is worth remembering that, when using exceptionally strong preparations, you should first check how they work on a small, not very visible tile fragment. This will allow you to determine whether the use of the preparation may damage the surface.

It is a good idea to dedicate a good bit of attention to the joints as well. Especially to those in the kitchen, as they could collect fat, as well as those inside the shower cabin, where limescale and ugly deposit will appear after some time. The selection of joint-cleaning preparations will allow you to choose the correct one and get rid of the dirt quickly.

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