TILE CLEANING AND RESTORATION
Ceramic tiles come as glazed and unglazed types.
The glazed ceramic tiles are more popular because of many advantages like ease of cleaning, low or no maintenance and availability of unlimited varieties.
The major problem with ceramic tiles are that they can easily be scratched and crack if the wrong chemicals are used for cleaning. Once the tile is scratched, it becomes difficult to clean as dirt goes into the scratches and cracks, and it shows. Ceramic tiles cannot be easily replaced as the replacement tile would not have the same color shade and the replacement tile shows itself as an odd tile.
Soap scum can make the ceramic tile look bad. To remove soap scum cover the area with laundry detergent and allow it to stand for several hours. Rub with sponge and rinse clean with water. Resistant stains can be cleaned by scrubbing with brush. Tri-sodium phosphate is also a good solution in removing soap scum.
Mold and Mildew
Mildew develops, as the soap scum, high humidity, low air flow and low light conditions are ideal for formation and growth of mold and mildew. A quick application of chlorine bleach and elbow grease will make short work of it. Mildew is a microorganism. Chlorine based solvents can be used to deal with this effectively.