home clinic; preserving bath tiles
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The wall of the tile bathroom is beautiful and durable, but easily damp.
Regular cleaning can maintain their appearance;
Careful maintenance can ensure a long service life.
For regular cleaning that normally has to be done every two weeks, use any non-abrasive household cleaner or tile cleaner.
Do not use steel wire or powder cleaner containing grinding agent;
They scratch the tiles and damage the mud.
To extend the interval between regular cleaning, dry the tile wall with a towel after the shower.
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Tariff tile cleaner usually removes thin soap film from the tile, but hard soap film to be removed
Water deposition, thick soap film and rust spots, use a cleaner containing mild acid.
When using all cleaning agents, please follow the manufacturer\'s instructions.
Protect your eyes with acidic products, wear rubber gloves with cuffs and provide adequate ventilation.
Ads are needed to remove mildew spots, bleach, not acid.
Mildew usually occurs on the filling agent around the grouting and faucet and fixture.
To remove mold, wash the area with a glass of borax or a solution of household bleach and a gallon of water.
Leave the solution in the area for at least two minutes and rinse it clean with clear water.
Commercial anti-mildew agents can also be used for advertising.
In all cases, the same precautions as acid cleaners are taken.
Do not mix bleach or mildew-proof agents with any other chemicals, including acid cleaners and ammonia.
It can produce toxic smoke.
After the tile is cleaned with an acidic cleaner or mildew-proof agent, or after every five or six times with an ordinary household cleaner, it can be given two layers of silica gel sealing agent to maintain its gloss and prevent it from being dyed.
The main purpose of maintaining the tiles is to ensure that there is no water seepage behind the tiles.
The deteriorating caulk usually allows this to happen.
When you notice a cracked or loose cauldron, replace it with a new silicone cauldron, which is usually marked with a silicone tub and tile sealant.
When checking the Caulker, be sure to check the area under the decorative cover, or the area under the bib and faucet.
To replace the caulking agent, pry out the old material with an ice cone, or cut off the old material with a single knife
Scrub the area with a brush dipped in mineral spirits to remove the residue and then dry the area.
The Caulder has a extrusion tube and a bullet for the caulking gun.
Cut the tip of the tube or cartridge at 45-
Degree angle, then lean the tube or loaded gun against the seam at the angle of the tip.
Next, push the tube or gun along the seam while squeezing out the cauldron at an even speed.
Then, where you can see, smooth and compact seams with your fingers (
Wear gloves to prevent skin irritation)
Soak in mineral spirits.
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Cracks, looseness or slurry leakage must also be repaired or replaced in a timely manner.
First determine the cause of the damage;
Otherwise, the repair may be invalid and the damage to the wall may deteriorate.
The most common culprit is the leakage behind the tile and the settlement of the bathtub and related buildings.
To repair the unloosened rupture grouting, scrub thoroughly with an old toothbrush dipped in a household cleaner or stronger.
Wet the area with water and ready-
Mix the mud with the gloves fingers or powder mud mixed with water.
The advertisement holds the mud firmly in the seam.
Wait 15 minutes for the grout to harden, wipe the sponge with clear water and carefully wipe the excess grout on the tile using diagonal strokes.
After each trip, rinse the sponge with a bucket of water.
Do not let the mud flow from the drain;
It may become hard in the pipe.
Wait 15 minutes or let the mud harden further as required by the instructions.
Then wipe any smoke on the tile with a dry nylon refined pad and a soft cloth.
The shower or bathtub can be used 24 hours after applying grouting, but do not apply silicone sealant until the fresh grouting is dry for 72 hours.
Loose mud must be removed.
Use a grouting saw consisting of short coarse material
A tooth-like blade attached to a curved handle or carbide
A cutting edge cutter for cutting the cement back plate, which is used as the base under the tile.
Dig out loose mud for at least a quarter of depthinch.
Scrub the seam with a cleaner and fill the seam with new mud.
Several square feet or more of the re-grouting area could be a major task.
Around the bathtub or shower, close the drain first and cover the bottom with a drop cloth.
After scraping loose mud with a cleaner and scrubbing the seam, in a fourfoot-
A square part.
Suppress the tiles first, and then spread the cement slurry hard on the entire surface of the part
Rubber grouting float at a shallow angle with the surface.
Through several times, press hard to fill the seam and squeeze as much liquid out of the grout as possible.
When the seam is filled, keep the float almost perpendicular to the tile and scrape off the excess grout by moving the float diagonally to the seam.
Remove excess mud with a sponge.
Then polish the tiles clean and apply the sealant.
A version of this article was printed on page CN12 of the National edition on February 17, 1991 with the title: Family Clinic;
Save bath tiles.