Top Tip for November 2018
Posted on 12th November 2018 at 11:34
Cleaning Glass Tiles
Glass tiles have come a long way and aren’t just tiles used for a flashy backsplash anymore. They are quickly gaining in popularity compared to ceramic tile because of their unique appearance.
These tiles can be used in just about any room of the house and come in many different colours and a variety of beautiful designs.
Glass tiles are durable and offer a rich quality and shine. They are opulent, resistant to staining, and easy to wipe clean. That being said, glass tiles make it easy to see fingerprints, footprints and water marks due to limescale. Because of this, more frequent cleanings are needed to maintain a gleaming surface.
Generally, glass tiles are easy to clean and maintenance is minimal when cared for properly.
Regular Cleaning of Glass-Tiled Surfaces
Cleaning tiles on a regular basis with a non-abrasive cleaning agent and glass cleaner will keep the natural beauty of the surface shining through.
At Rowan Cleaning we use Viakal first to remove limescale and soap scum then NilGlass to polish – which leaves no residue just a beautiful shine.
You can also use a shower squeegee to remove water from the shower walls and tiles to help reduce water spots and hazing on a daily basis.
Cleaning Glass Tiles without Chemicals
If it's your preference not to use chemicals to clean your glass tiles - try the following
1. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of warm water to white vinegar. Spray the solution on the glass tile surface and let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Use a soft bristle brush (a soft brush will help avoid scratching) to clean the tiles and grout. Rinse with clean water and wipe down with a soft cloth
or towel to avoid streaking or water spots.
This will also work for hard water and other mineral deposits.
Cleaning Grout between Glass Tiles
If you notice that moulding on the grout is starting to happen you shouldn’t have any problems using any standard bathroom grout cleaner.
You can also mix together in a spray bottle:
• 1/4 bleach
• 3/4 water
Spray the grout and use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean it. Rinse with water and when you’re done dry the tiles.
Cleaning a Kitchen Back Splash
If you’ve installed a glass back splash in the kitchen, it shouldn’t be any harder to keep clean than a glass-tiled shower. Use a detergent to get rid of any grease then use NilGlass to polish.
Cleaning a Heavily Soiled Kitchen Back Splash
If the kitchen backsplash is heavily soiled with grease, mix the following in a bowl:
• 2 parts warm to hot water
• 1 part detergent
Use a cleaning a cloth or sponge to wipe down the tiles.
When you have finished removing the grease from the back splash, use a clean cloth and rinse with cool water.
You may have to rinse a few times to remove any soapy residue or after the initial rinsing you can use a mix of white vinegar and water or a glass cleaner (like NilGlass) to remove the remaining residue.
Dry with a towel or dry cloth when you’re done.
If you are cooking foods that splatter, cleaning the back splash when you’re done will help keep it from getting so greasy.
Maintaining Glass Tile Surfaces
Maintaining glass tiles is not much different than other tiled surfaces.
• Wipe up spills as they happen. Not only because it's a good practice to do this but also to help grout from staining.
• Wipe surfaces after cleaning to keep your glass tiles looking shiny and as good as when they were installed.
Maintaining the beauty of tiles is simple and when done right, they’ll have a bright, shiny surface for years to come.
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