Preventative Maintenance: Your New Tile Shower

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve struggled with maintaining the pristine condition of the tile in your bathroom shower or tub. It can seem like no matter how hard you scrub, mold and mildew still continue to build up. And you might be fighting an uphill battle with grout beginning to deteriorate between the tile itself. At Precision Granite in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, we can help ensure that your tile projects will be flawlessly installed, but then it is up to you to maintain the life and condition of your newly laid tile shower or tub. Incorporate these helpful tips into your normal routine and you will help increase the life of your tile as well as its overall visual appeal.

A Towel for You, and a Towel for Your Shower

If you have a few scrap towels laying around that you haven’t found a use for yet, now may be their time to shine. One of the best ways to guarantee your shower will continue to look like new is to make sure it is as dry as possible after every single use. This may seem like an annoying extra step after you’ve toweled yourself off, but this regular wipe down routine will help the integrity of your shower tiles stay intact according to this article. Some people prefer to use a large window squeegee to pull the water off of the walls and then they soak it up with a towel or sponge at the bottom. But this method might work up more of a sweat than you’d like, so we recommend keeping some old towels in the bathroom that are designated for shower drying duty alone.

Smiling woman in white top hold towel.

Seal it up!

At Precision Granite in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, our tile installations are very thorough and will be able to withstand a lot of use over the years. However, it is still recommended by professionals that you apply a sealant to your tiles and grout shortly after the installation, and again every couple of years. You can purchase either a mineral based sealer or one that is latex and acrylic based. If you want to avoid stinking up your house during the application process, it is recommended to not choose a mineral based sealer, since it tends to have a distinct odor. Before applying the sealer, make sure the area is completely dry, which may mean not using it for several days. The sealer can be easily applied with a sponge or a rag, and just make sure to follow the directions on the bottle carefully so that you don’t run into any major issues.

Blue Tiles in Swimming Pool

Keep it Squeaky Clean

When it comes to cleaning the tile areas in your house, some professionals have conflicting ideas. Some believe that a vinegar solution is beneficial and less harsh than some other chemical cleaners, but others say that a vinegar solution might be too acidic and might be doing more harm than good. A safe solution that is also environmentally friendly, would be to make a scrub yourself, using water and baking soda. There are also plenty of cleaners to choose from at your local market and all of them will work well for your basic cleaning needs. If you need something a little more heavy duty, you can read more here about specific brands and their strengths.

Hand in protective glove cleaning tiles with rag in the kitchen. Early spring cleaning or regular clean up. Maid cleans house.

Overall, if you can incorporate a little more into your routine, your brand new tile shower or tub will expectedly last much longer. Increasing the condition and life of your shower or tub area will make it much more enjoyable for the whole family, and will save you money on costly repairs in the future. If you live in the Pagosa Springs area, and are ready for the tile masters to get to work on your new tile construction projects, give Precision Granite a call today!



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