On Keeping you’re newly purchased floor tiles looking good for years & years
One of the most asked questions on our help desk are how I can keep my new tiles looking like new for years to:
Firstly choosing the correct grout in the first place makes all the difference in the long run.many people choose cheaper grouts on the market and we cannot stress how important using the correct grout is as this will be visible throughout the tile life. We recommend Ardex Grouts for all floor & wall applications as it can receive foot traffic in 90 minutes has no colour variation or streaking during mixing. Also it is ideal for commercial and domestic environments such as swimming pools, showers and kitchens and can be used internal and on your external tiling projects with joint widths ranging from 1-15mm
Secondly and just as important is Choosing the right Adhesive as this will cause problems with tiles becoming loose or cracking over time. Our expert team are well trained to give advice of the correct adhesive for use on wooden floor surfaces, concretes or screed, use with under-floor heating in fact all applications so give us a call to talk through your project. Click here to view the range of Adhesives available
Thirdly sealing of the tiles and joints. Most ceramic and porcelain floor tiles will not require any sealing prior to laying and you should check with the reseller to see if your purchased tiles did require a sealer. We here at target tiles display a message to advise the customer that a sealer is required before laying or grouting takes place. Generally Natural stone like Travertine. Marble, limestone would need a coat of Stain stop to prevent the Natural stone being stained by the grout applied and everyday use. If you have purchased Slate then we would recommend Slate seal as this forms a natural satin sheen protective film, which prevents water, dirt and oil from penetrating the tile surface. Rough surfaces become scuff resistant, smoother and therefore easier to clean. Surfaces retain their natural colour; the overall appearance is improved through a satin sheen. If you wish to seal your grout joints in your floor why not try.
Everyday cleaning to make you tiles stay looking good. We here at Target tiles recommend using Lithofin Easy Care for use on ceramic & Porcelain floor tiles as this cleaner is for continuous care of floors subjected to normal levels of wear. Cleans and maintains rough and polished surfaces streak-free making them even more attractive. If you have grout residue on your Floor tiles we recommend Cement Remover. This product can also be used on wall tiles as well.We recommend using Power Clean for regular cleaning of your natural stone products subjected to normal levels of wear. Cleans and maintains natural stone surfaces streak-free making them even more attractive.
We have a large selection of products to help you ceramic or porcelain tiles staying looking good for many many years to come. Everyday tile cleaning products
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Written by the Ask Target Trade Team