Tile Cleaning Made Easy

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Immediately after installation the following cleaning method should be taken.

Once the grouting has been completed, the floors should be thoroughly swept (preferably vacuumed) to eliminate as much of the dust as possible.  Tile Ulwazi Cem-free should be applied while the grouting is still fresh.  Avoid delaying initial cleaning as the cementitious adhesive and grout can prove harder to remove when left to dry for long periods.

If using a mono-brush machine, the red pad should be used.  Alternatively a body brush (available from Tile Ulwazi) can be used manually.

To remove all cement and grout residue on the surface of the tiles, mix 1 part Tile Ulwazi Cem-Free (pink liquid) to 20-30 parts of water depending on the degree of soiling.  For stubborn areas a more concentrated mix should be used.

How To Clean Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are known for their very low porosity value and therefore do not absorb. This means that traces of cement and grout will remain on the floor surface and sometimes remain invisible to the naked eye.

These deposits may retain dirt, acting as an anchorage point. This is more evident on dry rustic and mineralized surfaces. However, the large variety of polished porcelain tile available has created several cleaning problems for the end user.

The general problem is knowing what type of chemical cleaner should be applied to maintain their original appearance. The same can be said of Rustic Glazed porcelain or Ceramic Tiles.

Immediately after tile installation, it is best to use an acid-based scale remover called Cem-Free. This is a once off application and will effervesce and raise any cementitious residue off the surface of porcelain tiles and glazed monocottura tile products.

Tile Abrasion & Wear Test Methods

Test method EN 154 for surface abrasion resistance, applies to glazed tiles, envisages the performance of a wear test using an instrument which subjects the piece to the effects of a standard abrasive load, at an increasing number of rpm (from 150 to 1500).

The method of testing tiles was developed on the basis of the claim that the degree of deterioration of a floor is not determined by the reduction in its thickness, but the visible difference in appearance between the worn surface and the unworn surface, assessed at a defined distance under standard conditions of lighting. It is important to stress that, for the same degree of abrasion, wear is invariably more visible on dark surfaces. For this reason, the PEI value is shown in catalogues as the requirement for the individual article, and not for the series as a whole.

The new ISO product standards (Project ISO TC/189) envisage the introduction of a further class of resistance, class PEI V, to which tiles meeting the following conditions at 12,000 rpm will be assigned:

  • alterations must not be visible at a standard distance.
  • the surface subjected to abrasion must pass a cleaning test (with the staining agents chromium green in light oil, iodine in alcohol solution, and olive oil.

This new class, therefore, also takes into account the effects of abrasion on susceptibility to soiling. The introduction of class PEI V fulfills the need to highlight more clearly, in relation to performance, the superior characteristics of ceramic glazes for technical applications developed in recent years.

Buying Tiles - 10 Tips on Choosing and Buying Tiles

Everyone knows that tiles are available in many shapes, sizes and textures, but it's not until you actually get down to buying tiles that you realize there a number of generic tile types.

Each tile type has its' own intrinsic benefits and characteristics. There is even a table detailing Tile Abrasion & Wear Test Methods of various tiles that can help you work out the places where certain tiles are best used. This system of grading tiles is commonly called the PEI table and is used to help consumers and architects who specify tiles, to select the right floor tile for the job. Most good tile shops will know the PEI rating of a tile they have for sale and should be fully conversant with the system and its function.

If not, then consider changing the source from which you are buying. If they don't know this basic fundamental, one can only wonder what else they don't know. Poor advice can be costly when it comes to buying tiles.

If you have already chosen your tile you're probably ready to rush out and purchase your tiles. But before you do, consider carefully if you are going to fix the tiles yourself or employ a professional. It might be an idea to read more artiles from our Tile and Tiling Tips section so that you can access the skills and equipment required to do the job properly.

If you still have not made your buying decision or know what you want but have not made the purchase yet, then make sure you read on to consider these 10 Tips on Choosing and Buying Tiles. When you arrive at the retailers, these Tile Buying Tips are guaranteed to give you a clear idea of the area you wish to tile, the amount of foot traffic it will be exposed to and, if relevant, the amount of water the combination of the tile, tile adhesive, tile grout, etc., will have to withstand.