damaged tiles, used the wrong cleaning product

The cleaning product that was suitable for cleaning the tiled walls has run down and damaged the stone floor. Cleaning products should be suitable for ALL surfaces they will come into contact with.

Walk the aisles of your local supermarket and you will see a plethora of options when it comes to cleaning products for hard surfaces. These often make miracle claims without telling you what the chemical makeup of the product is, and can sometimes create serious issues for your stone floor.

Off the shelf products regularly contain acids, often from citrus (power of lemon, power of orange etc). This is great at removing limescale or hard mineral build ups, but very damaging to acid-sensitive stone like limestone or marble, and also damaging to any sealer that might have been applied to the stone or grout.We also often see damage caused to stone and tile resulting from people following cleaning advice like “add some meth to your mop water” or “use white vinegar or baking soda”. These old wives tales can sometimes be very effective and work well, but they also have the possibility to damage a surface if you do not understand the material you are working on.

Incorrect dilution of cleaning products is another common issue. People tend to incorrectly follow the assumption that if a little bit of chemical is good, more must be better. Over diluting chemical creates a film on the surface of the tiles that can actually attract dirt and can be very difficult to remove.With the investment made in quality stone and tile surfaces, spending slightly more to use the correct chemicals will not only do a better job of cleaning the surface, it will often save money by not creating issues with the surface.

Slique can resolve any problems that might have been created from incorrect product use and we also supply mops, chemical, and advice in correct processes to ensure your floor is correctly maintained. Click here to visit our webstore or scroll down the page to find our contact details.

Photos of damaged stone from using incorrect tile cleaning products:

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Another example of cleaning product run-off that’s suitable for one surface (the walls) damaging an adjacent surface (the floor)

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These stone shower walls were cleaned with a leading supermarket-brand spray-bottle shower cleaner

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This composite stone shower was badly etched by using an incorrect shower cleaning product

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After stone restoration, the shower was returned to original condition – with deep colour and beautiful shine

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