Maintaining Bathroom Tiles

The simplest method of keeping a tiled surface clean and looking as close to new as possible, is to lightly clean any residue or grime to prevent it from building up. The method used to clean varies from person to person and also depending on the type of surface being maintained. Each method will be discussed in detail in this article and the processes should be followed to the letter. If you are interested in purchasing any of the devise mentioned here please click on this link: http://www.bathroomsuppliersni.com.

To prevent dust from building up on a tiled floor, you can sweep the area with a brush but a hoover or vacuum cleaner will provide a better finish. When you are required to scrub lime-scale from a tiled floor, make sure to use a non-corrosive detergent that doesn’t contain artificial colours or bleach. It is highly recommended you keep clear from any mopping methods, as this can dissolve the grime into a paste that will embed itself in the grout. There are many electric devices on the market that scrubs the floor with detergent and then removes the wet solution from the floor using its suction device.

Cleaning counters and back-splashes can prove a little more difficult to clean. To keep the tile counters in a bathroom resistant to residue, dirt etc. use a vacuum cleaner on them from time to time, with portable vacuum cleaners being ideal for this job. For heavy duty cleansing of counters and tiled areas in a bathroom, use a sponge to wipe the surface with water, ensuring that all the liquid is soaked up. You may also use a non-abrasive cleaning solution to aid this process and this should give a really nice sheen to your bathroom. A great way to keep your bathroom surfaces clean is to do your make-up and other cosmetic tasks in another room, as this will stop the problem at the root. You can also protect the area by placing a clear acrylic board over an area that has to be cleaned regularly as this will prevent any dirt coming into contact with it. This material is a lot more durable than a tiled surface and is generally a lot easier to clean.

There are many methods proposed for cleaning showers and tub surrounds but I have only detailed the best methods here. Cleaning bathrooms requires a lot of the same tasks previously mentioned for other areas of the house. Similar products and methods for day to day cleaning of the floor, counter, and wall areas can be used here that are used in other areas. But given the tub and shower areas tend to hold a significant amount of moisture, it is a good idea to incorporate a daily routine for cleaning them, as this will prevent mildew and grime from building up. The easiest way of keeping the tile clean and dirt free, is to maintain the walls with some sort of squeegee device or simply wipe them down with a paper towel after they are used. The process of removing this moisture will prevent bacteria from growing and forming mildew and lime scale. This also prevents other mineral deposits from building up and generally leads to an easier bathroom to maintain. For those living in the U.S. you can find these products at Home Depot.

It is true to say, there are many cleaning products on the market, that can help you maintain the aesthetics of your bathroom to a very high standard. The devices I have mentioned above are ideal when it comes to maintaining your bathroom on a reasonable budget. Regardless of the surface you plan to clean in your bathroom, it is important to take pro-active steps from the very beginning, as this will prevent you have to do any high-cost cleaning projects down the line.


Bathroom Considerations

This article concentrates on the installation of the core bathroom elements: sanitary-ware, baths, showers and brassware. For advice on structural work take a look at The DIY Guide to Doors, Windows and Joinery, Masonry and Plastering and Wiring and Lighting all written by Mike Stanton; these sister publications give step-by-step advice on techniques such as building studding walls and wiring in new lighting. Remember though new building regulations, which do not usually apply to domestic refurbishments, are changing rapidly and you may be expected to show that work on some of these elements has been done by a competent person.

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Plumbing, lighting and decoration all have an important part to play in the finished bathroom. In the case of heating, that could be one of the designer’s inventions that have come on the market over the past few years or, even more recently, the use of underground heating for one of the non-carpet floor coverings in a flat are so popular today. Lighting in bathrooms is moving toward support of the ‘pampering’ element of the room-use these days, with inset spot-lights giving candle effects being popular. Wall and floor cladding with stones such as granite and marble are also popular in the more luxurious bathroom installations.

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In the UK we still tend to see decoration as something we do once everything else is finished and we only apply decoration to the surfaces left exposed. Many people, though, are beginning to follow the oriental practice of seeing floor and wall tiling as part of the job that follows preparation and re-position many services, and cover the whole floor with tiling, and cover all wall surfaces with granite or marble cladding; thus giving a seal to the room before installation of sanitary-ware, baths and showering. In the UK we still have to be wary of this because some baths and shower-trays rely on an ‘overlap’ from the wall tiling to seal against water ingress to the fabric of the house. In all of this preparatory work it is important to retain safe and hygienic facilities for the house.

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Ventilation

Adequate ventilation, using an extractor fan, will keep mirrors and tiled surface free of condensation and reduce the growth of mould. There are several types of fan specifically designed for positioning above the bath or shower, and for wall, window or ceiling mounting. Extractor fans can be switched independently or via the light switch. Some have a humidistat, which automatically activates the extractor when the humidity teaches a certain level.


Buying a New Bathroom

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Bathroom Designs

If you live in a single bathroom household, then you will need a full-set of facilities to cater for the whole family. Alternatively, if there are multiple bathrooms in a house, then you can reduce the number of fixtures and furnishings used. There are many bathroom calculators available online, that can give you a rough estimate of how much your bathroom installation will actually cost. This will help you decide on a budget and is a very important part of planning any home improvement project.
Bathroom Design Tips:

  • A skylight or a light pipe can help make use of natural light in the bathroom, which helps make a room feel uplifted and spacious.
  • Match the colour scheme with that of the adjacent rooms, as this will help keep a consistent style and theme for the room.
  • Do not choose a colour scheme that is in style at the moment, as you do not want the bathroom to feel outdate in a number of years. On average a bathroom is refitted every ten years and your bathroom must last at least that amount of time.
  • It is important to use strong colours liberally and always choose neutral colours where possible. Colour has a huge impact on the finished look of any remodel, so be careful not to be over elaborate with its use.
  • Marble is an excellent choice for any floor but tends to be a fairly unforgiving surface. If you plan to use marble, use it only on the walls and opt for a less slippery surface for the floor. Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when carrying out the design process.
  • Mosaic tiled patches on a floor can look fantastic, while also providing a slip-free surface.
  • Vinyl floors are inexpensive choice and they are easy to install. But be warned that this surface is much less durable than other flooring types, so you may have to replace the flooring in a few years.
  • Don’t use up all of the wall space, as you may want an area to place a washing basket or rubbish bin.
  • Try to incorporate heated towel rails into the design, as this will help reduce clutter in other rooms.
  • Plan your storage space for the room carefully, especially if this is to be a high-use family installation. Medicine cabinets, toiletry holders and towel rails should be implemented.
  • If working with a compact bathroom, assess whether turning the entire room into a wet room. This will save a lot of space and will lead to a more efficient use of resources.
  • Also, avoid free-standing baths in a compact space, as they can take up to 25% more space than regular bathtub.
  • Another great space saving technique is to embed the cistern into the wall. This will allow you to set the toilet bowl closer to the wall and will create a more spacious area.
  • Lastly, it is important to use as large a mirror as possible in a small space, as this will give the illusion of extra space.

If you follow these guidelines closely, you will end up with a finished project that is as beautiful as it is efficient.


Applying Caulk

It is always important to caulk your joints, as it creates a pliable, water-tight sealing between adjacent areas of tile or a seal between any type of material, especially granite and marble. This expanding joint is deemed necessary due to the slight gap between areas: backsplashes and counters are a primary example of this. Even just a slight movement may cause the grout to split along sinks or even between backsplashes. Tile can contract but also expand, making it imperative to apply caulk to these surfaces. The caulk material is a soft malleable material that can easily expand and contract, depending on what heat conditions are applied to the surface. This material can be bought in a wide range of textures and styles, making it easy to choose a caulk that suits your tile job.

There are many application methods but a caulk gun is the primary method of sealing the joints. If you are sealing a small crack, then you may be able to use a stick to push the caulk out of the tube and into the joint. A caulk gun has a plunging handle that can be squeezed to force caulk out of the tube in a controlled manner. This allows you to easily apply the right amount of caulk to the job. If you over apply the caulk to the joint, you may have difficulty cleaning up the area and it may leave your tile job looking untidy. To prepare the tube for caulking, you must cut the tip of the tube with a Stanley knife or a hack saw, being careful to not make the incision too large. To use, apply pressure to the handle and then tip the gun at a 45 degree angle (any more obtuse and the caulk will release too quickly) and move the nozzle along the joint. Occasionally some caulk products will have an inner sealing which must be broken before you can use the caulk. It is important to have a practise run on a piece of scrap material, as this will give you a feel for the flow of the caulk. After you have applied the caulk to the joint, use your finger to even off the surface of the joint.

It is not advisable to apply a length of over 5ft at any one time, as it can be difficult to control. Always finish off the line before this point and then just start another one, as this will leave you with a better finish. Run a sponge along the joint afterwards to remove any residue that may collect on top of the joint. This will also help to further smooth the edges, leading to a more professional finish to your tile work. Assess you caulk joints once you have finished the job and make any amendments straightaway before the caulk has had a chance to dry. You do not want to be left in a position where you have to score off the caulk with a knife to get an even finish.

Sealing the join between sinks and backsplashes requires additional effort and the guidelines in this article need to be followed closely. Caulk is seen by many as an ideal material for providing a waterproof seal between a sink and its connecting surface. Caulk will work as a sealant, regardless of the material makeup of the backsplash or countertop. It must be noted that different material contract and expand in varying degrees, so it is important to apply a flexible caulk to the joint. Begin by using a razor knife, to remove any grout that resides in the existing joint, making the seal as clean as possible. Next, run a bead of caulk where the tile and sink join, being careful to use a moderate amount. Finish off the caulk joint in the same way that has been outlined above and then test the joint to check the water proofing.