Ceramic remains a popular choice for flooring material, as well as offering an attractive appearance, it is relatively cheap and hardwearing. There are many different varieties of ceramic, but tiles are generally made from combinations of natural elements including sand and clay. This mixture is then hardened by being fired in a kiln. Ceramic floor tiles are generally finished in a glaze. Although this glaze is not compulsory, it provides a level of protection which makes maintenance cleaning easier and helps prevent staining. Ceramic tiles differ from porcelain tiles in that they are less dense and more porous. Because of this, ceramic tile floor cleaning and maintenance requires a little more work than some other floor type. At Tile & Stone Medic Staffordshire we offer a full range of ceramic tile floor cleaning services, from simple polishing to full cleaning, restoration and resealing.
Common issues with Ceramic tiles we can resolve
There are some common issues with ceramic floors which are worth checking for if you suspect your ceramic may need a bit of maintenance.
Scratches and surface marks; can be buffed out using our professional polishers
Damage and wear to glazing; if tiles appear dull and lifeless we can apply specialist solutions to restore gloss and shine to the tiles
Loose tiles; we can rejuvenate grouting to re-secure loose tiles
Moisture damage; we can buff out marks resulting from spills
Discolouration; where ceramic tiles have discoloured we can apply coatings to restore its original lustre
Small chips and cracks; whilst restoring your ceramic floor we can take care of small repairs
Repairs & replacement of ceramic tile floors
Whilst ceramic floors are strong, they’re not invincible. With big impacts such as dropped kitchen equipment, tiles can crack or loosen. Replacing or reseating individual tiles is a common and inexpensive fix in these situations. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the grout between tiles. Since it’s a softer surface it can absorb water and distort over time, this can be particularly noticeable if a light colour has been used. We’d advise cleaning up any spillages on ceramic floors or grouting as soon as possible to get the maximum lifespan out of your floor.
More information about Ceramic: Types of ceramic tile
There are some specific types of ceramic tile floor which generally take their names from the designs which appear on their surface, rather than their constituency. Victorian Minton is a popular style associated with the Minton tile manufacturer of the victorian era, these are also known as Edwardian tiles.
Installation of ceramic tiles
Installing ceramic tile flooring remains relatively straight forward as they can be laid on a range of surfaces. In some cases there may be concrete or sand under a ceramic tiled floor, but they can even be laid on top of existing tiles. They are fully compatible with underfloor heating systems too, so if you’re considering underfloor heating they’re a great option! They’re generally held in place with adhesive and, if installed properly, are unlikely to come unseated during their lifetime. Whilst it’s important to clean ceramic tiles fairly regularly to avoid staining, the grout between the tiles tends to be the area most susceptible to showing dirt.
Ceramic tiles are often found on kitchen floors, but can also be used on kitchen walls, bathroom floors, bathroom walls and even to build entire wet rooms. Whilst we specialise in floor cleaning and repair, our equipment and expertise can also be applied to bathrooms and wet rooms.
If you think your ceramic floor might need a bit of attention then why not get in touch? At Tile & Stone Medic we have extensive experience working with ceramic tiling of all shapes and sizes and can generally get it looking good as new. Get in touch today for a chat about how we can help.
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Other Hard Floor Cleaning service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.
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