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Useful Cleaning Tips for 6 Common Tile Types

August 31, 2019

As the popularity of indoor and outdoor tiles continues to grow, a wider variety of tile materials are being used in Australian homes. Tiles are particularly prized as flooring because of their durability, versatility and for being easy to maintain. A tiled floor, feature wall or splashback can add a sense of luxury, comfort or sophistication to any space, and may also improve the value of your home.

At My Tile Market, we pride ourselves on offering our customers an unmatched mix of value and quality with our range of tiles and natural stone. Depending on the type of tile used in your home, there are different cleaning and maintenance methods required to keep your tiles looking their best. Whether you are renovating your home or looking to refresh your tiles, here are some useful cleaning tips for 6 common tile types:

Ceramic
Ceramic tiles are one of the most widely used tile types in both homes and businesses. Made from a mixture of clay, sand and other materials, ceramic tiles are resistant to scratches and stains, and are durable enough to be used in high traffic areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. It is best to vacuum or sweep debris from ceramic tiles regularly, and use a microfibre mop to prevent dirt collecting in the grout lines. Grout can be the most difficult part of tile floors and walls to keep clean. Ceramic tiles which have been glazed and sealed against stains and minor damage are easier to keep clean, although the best cleaning solution to use will depend on the gloss level of the tiles to avoid leaving a residue.

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Porcelain
Porcelain is another tile material widely used in contemporary Australia homes. Because they are baked at a higher temperature than ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are far denser and stronger, with a lower water absorption rate. Porcelain is also scratch resistant, and comes in a range of finishes such as polished, matt and external. It is a good idea to seal your porcelain tiles to protect them from damage and stains, particularly if they have an unglazed finish. Like most tiles, the grout lines of porcelain tiles tend to gather dust, dirt and even mould, so they should be regularly cleaned with a mild cleaning product and a microfibre mop for the best result.

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Marble
Marble tiles can always be counted on to create an atmosphere of luxury in your home, with applications ranging from floor tiles and feature walls to bench tops and bathroom vanities. Marble is a metamorphic stone, and comes in honed, polished and sandblasted finishes. Compared to some other natural stones, marble has quite a soft surface and can be easily scratched and stained. When cleaning marble, keep in mind that these tiles have a low stain resistance, and acidic cleaning products could penetrate and affect the surface of the tiles. Mild cleaning products and regular sweeping are ideal for maintaining your marble tiles.

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Slate

Like marble, slate tiles are easy to scratch and should be cleaned carefully. Slate is a fine grained and flaky natural stone, commonly used both indoors and outdoors. Its rough texture makes slate tiles an ideal non slip flooring option. Slate is also often used on countertops because of its high resistance to heat. Acid based cleaners and cleaning at high pressures should be avoided with slate tiles, as slate is a very porous natural stone. The best way to clean your slate tiles is to use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris, and mild soapy water at regular intervals.

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Travertine
Travertine is a type of limestone, created in hot springs from crystallized minerals. You can find travertine being used in floor tiles, wall tiles, bathroom tiles, pool areas, bench tops and fireplace surrounds. Travertine is a very durable natural stone, but also has a soft, porous surface. Like marble and slate, acidic cleaners should not be used on travertine tiles to avoid etching the stone. We recommend sealing your travertine tiles to prevent stains penetrating the tile surface, and cleaning them with a neutral pH solution. Travertine can also be swept or vacuumed to remove loose debris or dust.

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Mosaic
Mosaic tiles can be made from a range of different tile materials, including natural stone, porcelain, ceramic and glass. Because mosaic tiles are often small and laid in intricate patterns, both the tiles and grout can be difficult to keep clean. The best way to clean mosaic tiles will be determined by what material the tiles are made from, but they should be regularly swept free of dirt and debris to keep the grout lines clean. A mild cleaning solution or soapy water should be enough to keep your mosaic tiles looking their best, and sealing your mosaic tiles will also help protect them from heat, stains and mild damage.

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