There are quite a few natural stone as well as manufactured tile that requires specific maintenance in order to protect the overall condition and health along with aesthetics and longevity. These applications generally include deep cleaning and sealing once or twice a year and some will need to be polished. Professional cleaning can get the deep-rooted dirt and debris as well as the moisture from the porous-absorbing grout and tile. Sealants provide a barrier to keep the grout and tile safeguarded, allowing them to resist staining and other imperfections. Where a deep cleaning along can make a big difference on your tile and grout alone, sealants are important as well. Polishing, on applicable tile, is what gives the vibrantly cleaned tile a shine. Polishing is a restoration service that can make the tile reflect and shimmer. To better understand polishing, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to elaborate on it.
How to Make Tile Floors Shine
To restore the protective layer of finish for your tile, a professional can quickly get the polishing done. While shining the surface, the polishing will clear out the nicks, light scratches, and other minor blemishes. In order to maximize the polishing effects, it should be done after a deep professional cleaning. Depending on the foot traffic, polishing should be scheduled every 1-4 months. In addition to the daily maintenance such as dusting, dry mopping, spot cleaning, and washing the surface, professional cleaning, sealing, and polishing are all important if you want to keep your polished tile glowing.
What Matte Tile Can Be Made Shiny with Polishing?
Some tiles should not be polished, where others, it is necessary to polish them as a part of maintenance, these tiles include ceramic, porcelain, marble, travertine, and other natural stone tile. The polishing service is dictated dependent on the manufactured finish. In some cases, the deep cleaning and sealing is enough to restore the sparkle on the tile, but in others, polishing is required. If you are unsure, a professional can let you know if polishing is necessary.
DIY Tile Polishing is a Bad Idea!
Where there are options for DIY polishing, its important to know that most manufactures advise against it and it can potentially invalidate your warranty. Too many people have ruined their tile in an effort to polish the tile themselves. It is in the best interest of homeowners to simply stick to the routine maintenance such as removing the surface particles and washing any spots or residues. Use a broom, dust mop, or a vacuum set to “bare floor” to remove the dirt and debris from the surface. If you do not deactivate the beater bar, you can cause scratches and scuff marks on the tile. Reducing as much of the dirt and granules from penetrating the ground on building up on the surface will keep your polished tile looking marvelous. Make sure to continue to wipe up any spills and avoid allowing moisture to linger as grout makes for an ideal ground for mold and mildew.