Tips For Homeowners With Tile Flooring In Their Bathroom

Posted on: 3 April 2019

Tiling is a common feature for bathrooms due to its resistance to water damage and other types of wear. However, there are important aesthetic and maintenance considerations that will come with using tiles for your flooring.

Opt For Dark Or Neutral Floor Tiles

Your selection of color will be one of the most noticeable decisions that you make when it comes to your bathroom tiles. While it can be tempting to opt for white or other bright colors for the floors, this can be far more difficult to keep clean. A more effective solution can be to choose tiling that is neutral or dark in color. This will make dirt and grime less noticeable while also still be able to work with a wide range of color schemes.

Make Sure You Are Keeping Both The Grouting And The New Tile Clean

When cleaning the tile flooring, it is important to make sure that you are removing dirt and grime from both the tiles and the grout. Individuals will often do a poor job of cleaning the grout between their tiling due to it requiring vigorous scrubbing to be thoroughly clean. However, failing to clean the grouting can lead to cosmetic issues and substantial wear. This can be due to substances getting into the pores and other small openings in the grouting, which can lead to it weakening. To make cleaning the grout easier, this part of the flooring should be cleaned every couple of weeks with extra attention paid to the tiling near the shower, bath, and toilet.

Keep Some Replacement Tiles Available

At some point, one or more of the tiles can become loose or damaged or may completely fall out. When these issues arise, having some spare tiling available can allow you to quickly replace the portions of the tile that have become damaged. Failing to immediately replace these damaged tiles can lead to major complications as water can enter through the homes made by the compromised tiling, and this can lead to sizable water damage and additional tiles becoming damaged. Before applying the replacement tile, the area will need to be completely cleaned and allowed to dry. Otherwise, the tile's adhesive may not fully bond to the floor. To ensure that this replacement is as discreet as possible, you may want to keep some of the original grout as well so that you can be sure that the replacement will closely match the rest of the grout in the bathroom.