Mosaic tiles can add depth and decorate a variety of spaces in your home, including the kitchen, bathroom, hallways and pool. To maintain this beautiful feature in a new form, regular cleaning is necessary. In addition, if you pay attention to how you use spaces that have mosaic tiles, you can keep them shiny and prevent damage. Whether you are about to install a mosaic or have just finished renovations, take a look at these important tips for maintaining your investment:
Mosaic tiles are available in many materials, from glass mosaic to natural stone mosaic, of metal or ceramic. All of these tile options have unique textures and colors, and in order to maintain their shiny characteristics, you should clean your tile tiles properly. Here’s how:
Cleaning after installation: The period after mounting the mosaic tiles is probably the most important time for cleaning. Your space may have excess mortar, dust and debris that can scratch or damage your mosaic tiles. Prevent residues from destroying the appearance of mosaic tiles by cleaning thoroughly after installation. Mortar is the most difficult to remove and you should do this carefully. Avoid acidic detergents, which can discolor putty. Read the instructions provided with your mortar product, as each brand has its own cleaning specifications.
“AVOID ACIDIC DETERGENTS, WHICH CAN DISCOLOR PUTTY.”
In general, you will need a bleach, a solution that you will apply on the surface of the tiles with a sponge. After the stripper has been left for a few minutes, use a damp sponge to wipe it off.
When it comes to removing dirt and debris after assembly, sweep the pieces, then use water and a mild detergent to wash the tiles. You should also clean the tiles once you have removed the excess mortar.
Routine cleaning: Whether wiping counters, back wall, showers, bathrooms or floors, use a mild detergent and water. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific tile product, as they will tell you how strong the cleaning agent should be. In some cases, dilute solutions are better for tile.
Use a soft sponge or cloth and avoid hard-haired tools, as they can scratch your mosaic tiles. Rinse the surface of the mosaic tiles and dry them with a cloth.
Deleting the mosaic
If you have tiled floors, wiping can help you look good. Sweep the floors first, using a broom with soft spikes. Then use a neutral pH cleaner (following the same concentration instructions as when cleaning) and water to mop the floors. You should let the cleaning agent sit on the floor for about five to 10 minutes before washing with the mop. When finished, rinse well and remove excess liquid.
You can vacuum the mosaic floors to keep them clean, if you prefer this instead of maturing.
Cleaning the mosaic in the pool
If you have mosaic tiles in the pool, they will require special cleaning. Calcium buildup can occur on the tiles, so getting rid of those stubborn water pipes is necessary to help your tiles shine. Along with a regular maintenance schedule, you will need to do a deeper cleaning once a year at the beginning or end of the season. Because a dry surface is easier to wash, drain the water and let the pool dry. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water and rub the area with a stiff sponge or cleaning brush. Rubbing in a circular motion should help eliminate signs.
Once your pool is free of stains, clean it just like other tile tiles with a mild detergent and water.
General maintenance of the mosaic
Treating the mosaic tiles with kindness will reduce the cleaning work you have to do (and will prevent damage). Fortunately, maintenance is fairly easy if you just follow these tips:
CLEAN UP LEAKS IMMEDIATELY
Depending on the material of the mosaic tiles, spills can be a nuisance. Glass tiles can withstand moisture, but the stone is a little more sensitive. However, prevent stains by cleaning up leaks (both food and liquids) immediately after they appear.
DO NOT PULL FURNITURE
Lift the furniture when you move it on the mosaic floor. This way, the pieces will not scratch or mark your tiles. The same goes for moving objects on mosaic counters.
Making mosaic tiles last a long time is easy when you take good care of them. No matter what type of mosaic you have, clean them regularly and they will shine in the years to come.