Ceramic t ile floors are popular in homes because they are maintenance-free, durable, and waterproof. They usually last for years and keep a home looking nice. However, there are ways to damage tile and after several years, the flooring could start to show signs of wear and tear. Things like cracked grout, chipped tile, and staining are common signs of age. Rather than replacing the tile, consider restoring it and giving it a new, fresh look. It is not as hard as one might think and even a beginner can do it. Doing this also adds several more years to the life of the tile.
Some stains are very easy to remove and only require a scouring pad and some soapy water. However, other stains such as lime deposits, rust, and hard water stains are a little more difficult to get off. To get the embedded stains off people have to get a cleaning agent specifically for tile stains. However, most contain acid so take extra precautions when using them.
Start taping off anything that touches the tile such as baseboards, cabinets, or appliances. Painters tape works well for this because it does not damage wood or drywall when it is time to pull it off. Next sweep off any surface dirt from the ceramic tile and then wiping it down with a damp rag.
Read the ceramic cleaner instructions because the solution comes in concentrated form so people have to mix the chemical in with a bucket of water. Be sure to wear surgical gloves when handling the solution.
Dip a mop into the solution, wring out the excess, and spread the ceramic cleaner across the tile. When the whole area is wet, get a scrub brush and start working out the stains. Scrub the entire area even if certain sections do not look dirty. When finished, get some clean water and mop up the cleaner. Do this several times to make sure there is nothing left on the tile. Lastly, dry off the tile with a towel and remove all of the tape. The ceramic tile should look much better now.
Even though tile is durable, it can chip when people drop heavy things on it. Since ceramic tile is white in the centre, it is really easy to spot a chip. If just the surface of the tile missing, people can use appliance touch-up paint to fill in the area. If it is a deep gouge or a crack, fill in the crevice with an epoxy putty that hardens when it dries. Sand down any excess putty and then paint over the top of it.
If they have a spare piece, shoppers can take a tile to a store to get some paints that match. If this is not an option, take a picture of the tile and bring that into the store. However, due to changing lighting conditions this may not work as well.
Often the grout between the tiles is the problem. It has a tendency to crack with age or if the house settles. Unfortunately there is no way to fix grout, people have to remove it and replace it. Measure the width of the existing grout. If it is under .31 cm, then purchase an unsanded epoxy or acrylic latex grout. If the existing grout is wider than that, get sanded grout. Be sure to match up the new grout colour with the old one as well.
Next, purchase or rent a grout saw to cut out the old grout. Just move the saw up and down the grout line until it is all broken up and ready to remove. The tricky part is to not damage the tile when doing this. When done, vacuum out the debris and wipe everything down.
Now it is time to mix the packaged grout with water and possibly sand too. Be sure to follow the product instructions to do this correctly. After mixing it, the grout should be thick enough to hold itself in a ball shape. Use a trowel to scrape the grout into the cracks and then a damp rag to wipe off any excess.
Its hard to keep a home looking nice when there is aged, worn out ceramic tile there. Most people assume they have to completely replace everything in order to improve its appearance. However, this is not the case. You have the option of restoring your ceramic and making it last another few years. You can get all of the supplies you need on eBay and even find great sales on the eBay Deals page. On any eBay page, use the search bar to locate the supplies you need. Just type the product name into the bar and click on the search button. Then you can browse through the products and find the items within your budget.