Maintain tile, stone and brick floors

Written by Posted On Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:34

Although stone, brick and floor tiles are durable and aesthetic materials, they still require special care and attention. Here are some simple actions for Sandifer Stone And Tile Care so that your floors are always at the top.

Cleaning and sealing

  • Unglazed tiles and the patch between them should be sealed with a silicone gasket to help stop unsightly clogging.
  • With glazed tiles, only the leveling compound must be sealed. Do it after installation, and start again if necessary.

Clean the ceramics easily

The best way to keep ceramic tiles clean is to scrub them with an electric scrubber.

  • When washing, use a 50-milliliter solution of low foaming detergent and one to two teaspoons of baking soda or a commercially available cleaning powder in four liters of water.
  • Rinse well and dry.

Give a second life to your smoothing plasters

  • To clean very dirty plaster, prepare a solution with two tablespoons bleach mixed in one liter of water.
  • Apply to the plaster using an old toothbrush, and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse the floor, rinse and wipe, then apply an acrylic seal with a brush.
  • Otherwise, as a seal, apply three coats of lemon oil. Wait an hour between applying the layers.

Remove stubborn stains from ceramics

Stubborn stains on ceramic tiles, even if they are rare, can happen.

  • Treat them with a paste made of scouring powder and water.
  • Apply this paste to the stain and let sit for five minutes, and then scrub the area with a non-abrasive nylon spiral.
  • Rinse with water and wipe. Repeat as necessary.

Keep the brick clean

  • A sealed brick floor can be kept clean by regularly vacuuming and wiping a mop with water only occasionally, to remove stains and dirt.
  • Wash dirtier floors and unsealed, more porous brick surfaces with mild detergent, then rinse and wipe dry.

The solution mop rag

Use a cloth mop to clean brick or stone floors. A sponge mop would snag and spoil on these uneven surfaces.

  • As cleaners allowed to dry may crush the stone, it is important to keep the soil moist during cleaning.
  • Wet the soil thoroughly with water before applying any cleaning product.
  • Once the soil is clean, rinse the scrubbed area well.

Eliminate grease and oil stains

Some oil and grease stains on brick and stone can be removed or thinned by immediately applying a layer of cat litter or cement powder.

  • Allow the material to absorb the stain, and then sweep. Repeat as necessary.

If in doubt, use a little elbow grease

  • To remove paint stains and mortar burrs from the brick, find a piece of broken brick the same color as the brick you are cleaning.
  • Rub the surface of the brick with the broken piece. Do not use the face of the brick as it is harder and could scratch the floor.
  • Sweep the fallen pieces of brick during the operation.
  • This transfer technique also works for other masonry surfaces such as stone and concrete blocks.

Generally, with stone, tile and brick floors, joint materials are the problem, not the floor itself. By properly maintaining your floors, you can extend their life. In the event of a crack or when it is necessary to replace an element, which is rare, it is generally preferable to call in a professional.

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