Most people with tile applications know that tile requires cleaning, sealing, and in some cases, polishing maintenance in order preserve the longevity, aesthetics, and overall condition of the tile. Professional cleaning removes the deep-rooted soil, moisture, and debris from the porous tile and grout. A deep cleaning alone can make a significant difference in the vibrancy of the tile and grout and make it look like new. Sealing is designed to act as a barrier and resisting stains and other compromising elements from occurring to the tile and grout. Then there is polishing. Polishing is a restoration application that makes a difference in the look in the tile’s appearance. It allows the tile to reflect and shine. With that in mind, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to take the opportunity to discuss polishing your tile.
How Often Should Tile Be Polished
A simple service a professional can get done quickly, polishing your tile restores the protective layer of finish. The polishing clears away the nicks, scratches, and other minor blemishes while it shines the surface. Polishing is optimally done following a professional deep cleaning service. Polishing the tile should be done anywhere from once every 1-4 months, depending on the foot traffic. In correlation with your daily maintenance, including, dusting, dry mopping, spot cleaning, and washing the surface, professional deep cleaning, sealing and polishing are important maintenance steps that keep your tile glowing. Different tile materials are required to be polished on a routine, whereas other tile types should avoid it. Typically, porcelain, ceramic, marble, travertine, and other natural stone tile can be polished. Depending the manufactured finish will dictate the polishing service. If you are ever unsure about the type of tile or if it should be polished, contact a professional for an onsite consultation. Though in many cases a polishing can restore sparkle to many different types of tile, in some instances, the surface simply needs a deep cleaning, sealing, and possibly a buffing. The technician can tell you which services your tile is need of.
DIY VS Professional Tile Polishing
When it comes to DIY polishing, most manufacturers would advise against it and in some cases, it can void your warranty. Where some products can be effective, there are many instances where people ruin their tile floor. Ultimately owners should focus on the daily maintenance; keeping the dirt and debris removed, controlling the moisture exposure and spot cleaning any spots or residues. Daily removal of the debris can be easily done with a dust mop, broom, or a vacuum set to “bare floor”. If you opt to use the vacuum just ensure the bar is not rotating as it could cause slight scuff marks and scratches. Keeping the dirt contained can prevent it from penetrating the into the porous grout, which will increase the duration between professional cleaning. Because of the porous nature, keeping the tile and grout is ideal to prevent mildew and mold growth. Tending to the spills not only controls the moisture exposure, but it also prevent staining.