One of the claims that consistently comes up about metal tiles is the fact that they’re easy to clean. While this fact is true, it’s still important to know how best to clean metal tiles – some cleaning solutions and brushes can be highly abrasive and even destructive if you use them on the wrong surfaces. The finish on metal tiles is designed to last a century or more, but if your cleaning products are too powerful, it may not make it that far.
Use The Right Cleaner
The finish on metal tiles resists both stains and rust, and so all you really need to clean them is soap and water – you’ll likely see positive results with a mild detergent, too. But here are a few cleaning fluids you should definitely avoid:
- Anything containing acid or bleach
- Wax cleaners
- Oil-based detergents
- Anything with ammonia (but only if your metal tiles are fixed with grout, since the grout will stain)
If you’re not sure about a particular product, a good trick is to use a small amount on a spot that’s hard or impossible to see normally. If the spot stains or if the product eats away at the finish, then you’ll know not to use it.
Use The Right Brush
Although a basic washcloth should be enough for most of your metal tile cleaning needs, you may be tempted to use something tougher for stains that resist your first attempt. But while you’ll be fine using most brushes and scrubbers, you’ll wear away the finish as well as the stain if you move up into the territory of steel wool and other scouring pads that include metal.
Clean Early And Often
Much like any other surface in your kitchen, including your dishes, pots, and pans, the longer you leave a bit of food or a spatter, the harder it’s going to be when the time comes to clean it up. And while metal tiles may be easy to clean, it’s not practical to leave them in the sink to soak like you can your dishes. As such, your metal tile surfaces will benefit from regular cleaning just the same as the rest of your walls and countertops.
Metal tiles may be easy to clean, but that doesn’t mean that stains and bits of food bounce right off of them. You’ll need to wash them regularly, but on the plus side you won’t have to go through any special hassle or use any special cleaners to do so.