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Ceramic Tile Information


Glazed ceramic tiles are a popular option these days due their durability, water and scratch resistance. Originally tiles were hand-made, thus each was a work of art in its own right. Ceramic tile was used almost everywhere - on walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, in murals, and as an exterior cladding on buildings. Today of course most ceramic tiles are automatically manufactured.

Here at Tile Doctor we often get asked to recommend a sealer for Ceramic Tiles; the simple answer is they don't need one, however the grout which is porous will.
Ceramic Tiled Floor Cleaned by Tile Doctor
Mouldy bathroom cleaned by the Edinburgh Tile Doctor using a strong solution of Pro-Clean.
Victorian Tile before being cleaned by Edinburgh Tile Doctor
Victorian Tile after being cleaned by Edinburgh Tile Doctor

Ceramic Tile Cleaning Products

Tile Doctor Concentrated Tile Cleaner
A phosphate-free cleaner formulated for everyday use that's super-concentrated so one bottle is enough to make up to 121 litres. This neutral cleaner eliminates soap scum build up and hard water deposits when used regularly. The pleasant spearmint scent leaves a room smelling clean and fresh.

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Concentrated Tile Cleaner

Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile and Grout cleaner
A concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Dilute with 3 to 5 parts water to use as a very effective cleaner that removes grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. Dilute with 2 parts water for the stripping of synthetic and acrylic waxes and floor finishes.

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Aquamix Heavy Duty Tile And Grout Cleaner

Grout Sealing
Although Ceramic Tiles don't need sealing, your grout will and as prevention is cheaper than the cure we recommend you use a Grout Sealer to keep your grout clean.

Spray 1 to  2 coats of Grout Sealer on wall grout and remove excess from adjacent tile surface.. Spray application allows for the coverage of large areas quickly and easily. Follow the instructions on the bottle.

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Tile Doctor Wall Grout Sealer
Ceramic Problem? Click here to Ask the Tile Doctor for his advice.
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I recently had Ceramic tile put down and the contractor has left smears of grout on some of the tiles. What could I use to get it off?
Tile Doctor Hi Louise, this is a very common problem more commonly known as Grout Haze, fortunately we sell product called Grout Clean-Up which will remove this for you, you need to put it in a spray bottle and spray it on to the wall tiles, and use a rough pan cleaner to remove the haze. On the floor do the same but trying use a scrubbing brush, rinse down with water afterwards you may need to do this 2 or 3 times, to get a good result.

I saw your info in the Really Useful Guide in the London Evening Standard last night and I wonder if you can help me.

I have recently had a new bathroom installed and the work was only completed last week. Before using I gave it a thorough clean but when it came to cleaning the floor I was horrified by what happened.

The floor is covered with white ceramic tiles and grouted in white, I used, as normal, hot water with a bit of flash and a 'Vileda' type mop from Tesco. The grouting was like a magnet for all the fibres on the cloth (which is grey and black) and they all kind of stuck to the grouting. The grouting had been laid a week before I cleaned it as the room was decorated in between. I have slate tiles with pale grey grouting in another room and this does not happen on that floor when I use the same equipment.

I used a reputable company who organised the building of the whole room and the guy who did the floor came to look at it yesterday. He is insisting he used the correct grouting and has now gone off to talk to his boss. As I am no expert on this, but feel pretty sure the wrong materials have been used, I wondered if anyone in your company could shed any light on this.

I'd be really grateful for your professional opinion.
Tile Doctor Hi Moira,
It sounds like the grout was of a very porous variety much like you find in sand and cement or some flexible grouts.
The only reasonable answer I could suggest is to Seal the Grout with a Grout Sealer as this will close the pores and I also stop dirt getting in.

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