As time goes by, it’s important to care for your outdoor tiles. Whether you’ve got porcelain, terracotta or natural stone tiles, they’ll be exposed to elements every day. As a result, you may need to carry out routine maintenance to keep them looking good. With this in mind, we’ve put together this useful guide on how to take care of your outside patio.
What You’ll Need
- A broom
- Access to water
- A cloth
- A non-acidic intensive cleaning product
- Tile grout stain remover
- Tile grout
- A hose
1 -2 hours depending on weather and size of area
Maintenance & Upkeep
£50 – £100 depending on the products used
Step One: Maintenance - Sweep & Clear All Debris
The first step to caring for your outdoor tiles is to clear all the dry dirt and debris from the surface. This can be done using a broom on a sunny day. By removing leaves, dirt and dry detritus from the area you prevent further stains being created when you move on to the next step.
Step Two: Maintenance - Wash Your Outdoor Tiles
Now that all the loose dirt has been swept away, it’s time to apply a combination of water and a mild cleaner. Products such as dish soap work perfectly for this. Simply soak the tiles in water and leave it to work for a few minutes. After this, you should be able to remove any stains with ease. Once you’ve completed this step, wash the outdoor tiles with fresh, clean water. Ideally, a hose is best for this. However, a broom will also do the job.
Step Three: Upkeep – Intensive Outdoor Tile Clean
Once a year, it’s advisable to carry out upkeep on your outdoor tiles. This can be achieved by hiring a professional service or purchasing a few simple cleaning and maintenance products to do it yourself. A non-acidic tile cleaner is one of the products you can use. First, dilute the concentrated liquid with water and apply it to stubborn stains. You can use a mop, brush, or sponge for this. Most manufacturers advise leaving the solution to dissolve any stains for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, you can wash away the solution using a hose, or a bucket of clean water and a broom.
Step Four: Upkeep – Grout Replacement
As your outdoor tiles age, the grout is usually the first thing to show signs of wear and tear. This may seem like a job for professionals. Although they will be proficient in this, as the homeowner, you can also do this job yourself with a bit of elbow grease and basic knowledge. Simply lift any broken bits and apply new grout in its place. We advise using the same colour and applying a grout stain remover to create a consistent base. It’s essential that once you’re finished grouting, you use a sponge to clean any residual material left over on your outdoor tiles to avoid staining.
Choose Tap Tiling For Professional Outdoor Tile Installations
If you’d like to leave outdoor tile care to the experts, then get in touch with Tap Tiling today. We’ve got over 30 years of experience in the industry with multiple accreditations from both SMAS and the Tile Association to provide you with peace of mind on all work we do.