5 Essential Tips for Caring for Mosaic Tile Backsplashes
Mosaic tiles are popular for many reasons, including their natural moisture and heat resistant material and stunning classical beauty that homeowners have adored since Roman times. But these lovely glass stones are more than just attractive decorations for the home, they also aid in kitchen and bathroom clean up thanks to their slick surface.
High quality installations are essential to enjoying damage-free tiling and once applied, they promise decades of good service, appealing design and easy tidying.
Here are a few quick tips on how to keep your mosaic tile in tip-top shape for life:
1. Start with High-Quality Materials
As is the case with any renovation, using the best quality materials and tools you can afford will ensure the end result is both attractive and long lasting. When it comes to mosaic tiling, you’ll want to use slab tiles that are much larger than typical sheets. In fact, they’re a whopping 4’ by 10’ large. The large size makes sealing easier and means less grout to discolour or mildew, though an epoxy grout, such as the kind NuStone Transformations uses, inherently resists discolouration.
2. Invest in Professional Installation
Every homeowner is concerned with the expense of a new project but when it comes to mosaic tiles, it’s essential to rely on an expert. Poorly installed cheap tiles suffer expensive damage from cracks, mildew, heat and stains that could easily be avoided by using a professional company. Plus, if applied incorrectly, the tile can even cause damage to the backing wall.
Ultimately, a professional installation saves money in the long run, especially when taking into account the speedy schedule of an expert install: one day. Trust your gut and use a qualified installer for your mosaic tile project.
3. Keep a Clean Routine
Whether you’ve recently added a mosaic tile backsplash or have been enjoying a mosaic tile shower for years, there are a few simple tips for keeping it shining every day of the week.
Routine care includes wiping down the glass tiles with mild soap, like an over the counter glass and multi-purpose surface cleaner, and a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or brushes as they can scratch the tiles. In lieu of store-bought cleaners, consider mixing a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and spraying on the surface. Simply wait a minute or two and wipe clean with a damp towel.
4. The Best Way to Get Rid of Watermarks and Soap Scum
High traffic areas like the bathroom will eventually see some residue build up, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to remove it. Vinegar and water are surprisingly effective at removing these often frustrating marks from tiles. Simply spray on the mix and wait a few minutes for the solution to penetrate the stains. Wipe away with a towel or soft sponge and dry immediately. Be sure and wash down the walls with water after using if the tile is located in the bath or shower to help minimize build up between cleanings.
5. The Grout Makes all the Difference
NuStone Transformations uses an epoxy grout that’s especially durable, showing no discolouration after years of use, but other types of grout can begin to show some staining and dirt. To clean these unsightly blemishes it’s best to use a mild solution of ¾ cup bleach in a gallon of water and delicately clean the grout. Make sure your tiles aren’t susceptible to bleaching before trying this. Always spot check a small, inconspicuous area before applying the bleach solution all over, so you don’t accidentally discover it stains.
Mosaic tiles are lovely, whether they’re used in the kitchen, bathroom or as a decorative accent in any room. In addition to their attractive appearance, they’re also surprisingly easy to clean. Follow these simple tips to care for your mosaic tile to keep it beautiful for years to come.
If you’re interested in a low-maintenance, high-sophistication remodel for your bathroom or kitchen, talk to us about our mosaic tile.