Do you live in an area where water supplied is hard? Spotty dishes, soap scum, iron stains must be the norm. It is very difficult to maintain a sparkling, clean house when the water that is supplied to you is hard. Hard water contains varying levels of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. Hard water reacts with soap and creates a residue on tiles that stains the tiles. These stains are very difficult to remove. Cleaning is a very difficult task in such a place. Professional or intense cleaning is much needed for the stains to go.
Before starting cleaning of tiles, the type of tiles should be known. This will help us in deciding the kind of cleaning chemicals that will effectively clean the tiles and not damage it. This depends on the level of water resistance of tiles. The various types of tiles are ceramic, marble, porcelain, mosaic, limestone, slate, vinyl, terracotta.
Porcelain being the most water resistant of the type of tiles stains the least.
Tiles in areas with hard water should be cleaned regularly because old stains can become permanent in tiles that are more porous like ceramic tiles. Cleaning of deposits on a shower floor daily should thus be made a habit.
How to prevent limescale and stains on tiled floors?
Limescale and stains can be prevented on the tiled shower floor if one chooses less porous tiles in the first place for the shower. Marble and ceramic are highly porous tiles that stain very easily because of the deposits. Therefore should be avoided.
Tile surface sealers should be used on the tiled flooring for less deposition of dirt within the porous surface of tiles.
Taking the help of machines and heavy duty chemicals.
Electric floor scrubbers use chemical cleaning products like which are alkaline, that are ideal for cleaning tiles and grout. These remove ingrained dirt and make old, grey and dirty tiles look new again in very less time. The electric equipment helps in keeping the cleaning process quick.
The products used are usually highly concentrated with water-softening and degreasing properties. It dissolves the dirt trapped in floors.
Unfortunately stains caused by hard water will appear at whichever place it is able to settle. So keeping tiles clean also means keeping the margins around them clean too. This margin known by the name grout is more porous than the tiles. There are specific kinds of tile grout cleaner products that concentrate on the grout area of the tiles. Tile and grout cleaning products should be allowed to sit in first for some time. After the specified sitting electric scrubbers used for tile cleaning are used to scrub the floors. Later on the chemicals are rinsed off.
Home remedies should also be tried to clean stains and grout from tiles. Mixing of white vinegar with baking soda is a good solution to clean the tiles of their stain and dirt. This solution however cannot be used on reactive surfaces like marble. Such a solution has the advantage of being environmentally friendly and less harsh because of the nature of chemicals used in it.
Buildup of limescale with areas that get hard water is much higher as compared to areas that don’t have hard water. Early awareness of hard water and its effects is the best way to prevent stains on tiles and grout. The longer the layer of limescale stays on the surface the more difficult it is to remove. So regular deep cleaning with the right kind of products and techniques should be adopted. Steps should be taken to prevent the buildup caused by hard water.