How to Clean Water-Damaged Bathroom Tiles To Avoid Later Restoration
Water damage is a super common problem in homes everywhere, and homes in the Quincy area are no exception. The most common areas to have water damage are the lowest points of your home– basements, and places where you have a lot of water coming and going– bathrooms and laundry rooms. There are so many little things you can do to try to prevent water damage— check out our blog for tips! But, sometimes, even when with your best preparation efforts, water damage happens. Especially in these common places, and in older homes. For extensive water damage restoration services or where there is mold involved, we encourage you to call a professional restoration service for help. Here is what we recommend for homeowners who have cosmetically (but not below surface level) water damaged bathroom tiles and want to do something to clean them up and make them look better. If the tiles are loose or you suspect water damage below the surface, please call a professional team for restoration help.
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- Evaluate damage. Cleaning the tiles is good, but preventing them from getting damaged again is best. Look for signs of water damage at the surface of the wall to target. They are most common at the base of the tiles, where tiles meet countertop, floor, or tub. Most likely, if you are reading this article, you already know where your problem is.
- Consider getting a hard water softener. If you’re constantly fighting battles with hard water stains in your tub or shower and it bothers you, consider installing a water softener.
- Try a deep clean. If you have discoloration or hard water stains, cleaning the tub properly is going to be easier than removing or replacing the tiles. The trouble is that most products won’t make a dent on the look of water damage. Do some research on the best cleaning product for your particular situation! Try Bar Keeper’s Friend, or a similar product, to see if it works.
- Re-caulk. If you’re unhappy with the caulking job in your shower or tub, re-caulk your tiles. Use a silicone caulk for the best seal. Of course, if a poor caulking job has already led to extensive water damage, water beneath the surface of your tiles, or mold growth, do not simply caulk over the problem. Call a restoration team for further advice.
- Put a squeegee in your shower. For future use, squeegeeing your tub and shower quickly after use can go a long way in preventing future discolorations, hard water stains, and water damage. Consider it a great investment at less than $5 for one!
We hope these tips can be helpful in addressing small-scale bathroom water damage. As previously mentioned, we do not recommend DIY water damage restoration on larger scale projects because it is usually ineffective in medium to large scale projects. If you discover water damage beneath your tiles or mold growth, we recommend calling a team at Clean Restoration to help with proper restoration.