Whether it is the generic white or one adorned with colored patterns, tiles provide a sleek appearance for the bathroom and kitchen. However, like all other surfaces, tiles fade and discolor with age. When tiles lose their gloss, it creates an unflattering look. However, instead of going through extensive and costly renovations to have the tiles replaced, consider having them refinished.
Why Tiles Fade
Tiles fade for a number of reasons. Discoloration can occur due to the overuse of strong cleaning chemicals, which can leave burns with each application. Tiles can also fade due to UV light exposure if your bathroom has an open window. Excessive moisture is another primary cause. Of course, this is inevitable since the tiles will be covered in moisture every time the shower is turned on. You can, however, accelerate the drying time by leaving the windows open or using a dehumidifier.
How to Restore the Color and Gloss
Treatment varies depending on the type of tile and cause of the fading. With natural stone tiles, for example, resurfacing may be required to cut away at the affected outer layer. For ceramic tiles, surface enhancement, deep dirt extraction, or a combination of the two may be used to bring back the original color.
Regardless of the cause and tile type, the refinishing method is best left to a professional. However, there are some temporary fixes you can try at home. You can try cleaning the tiles by removing the dirt and scrubbing the surface with a homemade solution of water, liquid soap, and ammonia. Keep in mind, though, that this method may be ineffective if extensive discoloration has already set in.
Contacting Professional Assistance
To truly restore tile to its original or near original look, you should have the tile refinished by a professional home remodeler. The methods require specific industry knowledge and equipment, so bringing in an expert is your best bet if you would rather restore than replace the tiles.
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