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How to Care for Your Fireplace Tile

How to Care for Your Fireplace Tile

As we get ready for more snow and cold weather here in Colorado, many households are turning to their fireplaces to keep them cozy. If your fireplace surround includes tiles, you can imagine what lots of exposure to soot and heat can do to them over time. To keep your fireplace not only working well but looking beautiful, our Grout Medic team is here to offer you some tile fireplace maintenance tips.

Regular Cleaning

With increased fireplace use, regular cleaning is also required. Dust the tiles regularly with a soft, dry cloth or a feather duster to prevent the buildup of loose dirt and soot. For more thorough cleaning, use a microfiber cloth or a soft brush to gently wipe down the tiles. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the finish.

Routine Cleaning

For end of season cleaning, you will likely need a more thorough cleaning. To help with this, you can mix a solution of warm water and mild, pH-neutral soap or a dedicated tile cleaner. Do not use vinegar or acidic cleaners on natural stone tiles, as they can damage the surface. Dampen a clean, soft cloth or sponge in the soapy water and gently wipe down the tiles. Be sure not to oversaturate the tiles, as excess moisture can seep into grout lines or behind the tiles. Rinse the cloth or sponge thoroughly and wipe down the tiles with clean water to remove any soap residue. Dry the tiles with a clean, dry cloth to prevent water spots.

Grout Maintenance

It’s also important that you take care of your grout. Inspect the grout lines for any signs of damage, cracks, or discoloration from time to time. If necessary, reseal the grout to maintain its integrity and prevent moisture infiltration. Grout sealer is available at most home improvement stores. For a more thorough grout cleaning, you can use a grout cleaner or a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the grout lines, scrub with a soft brush, and rinse with clean water.

Stain and Soot Removal

If you notice soot or other stains on the tiles, use a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stained area and gently scrub with a soft brush or cloth. Rinse and wipe dry.

Heat Resistance

Keep in mind that tile fireplace surrounds are exposed to heat. While most tiles are designed to withstand heat, rapid temperature changes can cause them to crack. Use a fireplace screen to protect the tiles from direct flames and embers.

By following these care tips, you can keep your tile fireplace surround looking beautiful and well-maintained for years to come. Our team would also be happy to help you with fireplace tile and grout care. We can professionally clean and seal your fireplace surround whenever you need it. This is especially recommended at the beginning and end of cold seasons.

By Grout Medic 11-9-2023

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