3 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Wood-Effect Floor Tiles
Wood effect tiles offer the luxury aesthetic of natural hardwood, but require much less ongoing maintenance, making them perfect for use in high-traffic areas. They’re extremely durable, and relatively easy to clean meaning it doesn’t take much to keep these tiles looking fresh and new. However, after installation, it’s essential that you treat these tiles with longevity at the forefront of the mind.
That’s why in today’s post, we’ll offer our top tips for cleaning and maintaining your wood-effect tiles so they look brand new all-year-around. From treatment after installation to the know-how on removing marks and essential routine maintenance, we’ve got it covered so you can ensure that your wood-effect tiles are well protected.
Treatment after installation
Whether you’ve hired a professional or you’re an avid DIYer and have laid the tiles yourself, it’s essential to properly clean the tiles after they’ve been laid to remove any dirt residues produced during the manufacturing stage. To do so, we recommend cleaning the tiles with buffered acids which are great for dissolving and removing anything which may stop your tiles from looking their best.
Next, either rinse the tiles with water until the water runs clear, or use liquid extractors to remove dirty water and avoid moving dirt from one place to another. Rinsing the tiles is essential to prevent late removal of grouting residuals which may leave long-term marks or lines that are difficult to remove.
In areas that require waterproof grouting, use epoxy mortar to apply an effective sealant. However, as always, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid irreversibly impairing the appearance of the tiles.
It’s more than likely that during the lifetime of your wood-effect flooring it will experience unavoidable marks, particularly if you have young children. So, knowing how to deal with shoe prints or small mishaps is essential to ensuring that your flooring always looks its best, whether you’ve chosen our rustic Blendart tiles or elegant Burrow tiles. Use of an acid detergent should leave your tiles looking as good as new, if used as recommended by the manufacturers.
To ensure that you’ve mixed the right level of dilution, we recommend testing your acid detergent on a small section of the floor before proceeding to clean the entire span of your wood-effect tiles. For stubborn marks which may require a harsher clean, use a more concentrated detergent – however, we recommend using one without hydrofluoric acid which may cause damage.
Essential routine maintenance
While wood-effect tiles have a reputation for requiring little maintenance – which is often their best selling point – tending to your tiles daily is a great way to enhance their longevity. A neutral detergent is great for this, or use our LTP Floorshine which when used routinely, will help protect against dirt and grime.
While these tiles are durable, it’s important not to use stiff brushes or steel wool to clean your flooring, as these can cause irreversible damage. Instead, we recommend carrying out routine clean ups and spot cleaning to avoid grime build ups which would require intense scrubbing for removal.
By following our guidelines, your wood-effect tiles will always look their best. The maintenance of this flooring is extremely manageable, and it’s important to bear this in mind to avoid using harsh chemicals in the face of grime build up. To find the right tile for you, browse our impressive selection of wood-effect floor tiles today.