Tile is a durable, resilient material that can stand up to most elements. However, there are certain things that will test tile’s wearability. In this post, we explore tile enemies and what can be done to help tile remain a reliable constant in your home when wear and tear come to town.
Tile Enemy #1: Water
Water is one of the biggest enemies of tile. Elements, cleaning, and other moisture inducing activities will eventually show their effects on tile. So how do you prevent this from happening? A few tips:
- Seal your grout and your tile. All unglazed tile, even dense porcelains, should be sealed before the grouting process. Talk to us, or another tile professional, to discuss the best type of tile option based on your project needs, and the benefits of sealing your grout to battle moisture.
- Ensure any appliances (i.e., washer, dishwasher, etc.) are in good standing and are not outdated. If they are leaking moisture, it will affect the tile they sit upon.
- Do not let water stand in pools on your tile. Remember: tile is not waterproof.
- Utilize tile cleaning methods that don’t include heavy or harsh chemicals
Tile Enemy #2: Movement
If tiles are moving or shifting, there is a chance for problems. This could cause cracked grout or even worse – cracked tile. Movement allows Enemy #1 to really get into the tile and can cause mildew and mold to occur. You’ll need to assess the area of movement in your tile, to better understand if the whole area needs replacing, or it is a contained fix.
Tile Enemy #3: Time
Some things we cannot stop from happening. Over time, tile sees a lot of traffic and breakdown. If you are vigilant and treat tile with care and attentiveness – you can combat the effect of time, wear and tear, and the overall settling and wear down of the tile surface. Treat tile with care, and it will treat you well for years!