Maintain Ceramic Tile

Tips to Maintain Your Outdoor Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are versatile and durable enough to work in nearly any space, including outdoors. But it should come as no surprise that when you expose your ceramic to the elements, you have to take good care of it. The good news is that ceramic tiles are strong enough to handle the weather with little effort from you. That said, you will have to put in a bit of work to maximize the life span and appearance of your tiles.  

Sweep Regularly 

The only thing you have to do on a regular basis to keep your outdoor ceramic tile in good condition is sweep it. This is as simple as sweeping it regularly so you can remove debris. Sweeping will prevent debris from staining or scratching the tile. You should also be sure to sweep the tile before you do a more thorough cleaning. If you use a pressure washer or water on the debris and dirt, you may accidentally rub it into the tile, causing damage.  

Do a Thorough Cleaning

Every once in a while, take the time to clean your tile more thoroughly. You will get the fastest and most thorough clean from a pressure washer. As mentioned, just be absolutely sure you sweep all debris off the tiles beforehand. Otherwise, the pressure from the pressure washer can cause the dirt to scratch or otherwise damage the tile. As a side note, don’t use a pressure washer if you aren’t sure about the condition of the grout or tiles. The force is strong enough to worsen the damage. But you don’t need a pressure washer to give your outdoor tile a thorough cleaning. Just put a few squirts of your favorite liquid dish detergent in a bucket of water. Get the tile wet with the solution, and then use a broom to scrub the tile. You want to use a sweeping motion and pay extra attention to the spots between tiles, as dirt likely accumulated there. Be prepared for a fair amount of scrubbing, depending on the condition of your tile. No matter how you clean your ceramic tile, make sure to rinse it off thoroughly afterward. Because the tile is outside, all you have to do is grab your hose and spray. You may have to rinse the tiles several times to make sure there is no more residue in the grout or on the tiles.  

Seal the Grout Occasionally 

About once a year, you will also want to reseal the grout lines. It’s best to do this after a thorough cleaning and after the tiles have dried thoroughly. If it’s hot and sunny outside, it may just take a few minutes for your tiles to dry enough to reseal the grout. If the weather is cooler, however, you may have to wait a few hours. When it comes to sealing the grout, just follow the instructions that come with your chosen grout sealer. Most sealers will give you a brush to apply it with.

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