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Common Tile Problems and Solutions for them

I remember reading this one-liner that most homeowners will relate to – “Why can’t my home clean itself? It seems to get dirty on its own!”
What is it about homes that as soon as you are done addressing an issue in one part, another part starts demanding some sort of maintenance? Wouldn’t it be nice if once cleaned, scrubbed, tiled, upholstered and painted, every house would remain that way? Well, if only wishful thinking worked in our chaotic universe. Problems will always keep emerging. Your biggest weapon is to keep calm and find a solution. Maintaining your home’s overall look is an important part of being a homeowner. Whether you are planning to give a tile makeover to some part of your home, or are looking for smooth maintenance for tiles already installed, let’s take a look at solutions to some common tiling problems.

Buckling floor tiles
Buckling of tiles is often an installation issue. It results from an improper bonding between the tiles and the wall or floor, or from gaps caused by adhesive missing under the tiles. These tiles will inevitably break, crack or lift from the surface. Problems can develop if tiles are laid without flexible adhesives and no allowance for the expansion and contraction of the substrate. Quality underlayment will prevent any loose stone or cracks in the grout, so proper tiling will eliminate this problem.

Chipped Tiles
If tiles are not bonded properly, their edges can crack and chip. This eventually leads to weak tiles that break easily. The importance of using the right type of grout, with the correct ancillary products, is often underrated. In fact, not using grout causes the edges of tiles to crack and chip, eventually leading to weak tiles that break easily. Roff gives you solutions for this. Roff New Construction Tile Adhesive (NCA) — a polymer modified cement-based powder tile adhesive — is the perfect crack-resistant and waterproof tiling solution.

Discoloured/Darkening tiles
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Discoloration of tiles can occur in many different scenarios. Porous tiles tend to always stain, often permanently. Textured tiles can retain dirt particles on the surface of the tiles.
Roff Cera Clean is a modified cleaner that is perfect to clean ceramic and vitrified tiles. It has an adequate concentration of acid, with detergent properties. This ensures that the stains are removed, without harming the tiles.

Cracked Tiles
Tiles usually expand and contract due to the changes in ambient temperatures. However, cement is rigid and not flexible enough to accommodate thermal movements and other physical changes.
Roff New Construction Tile Adhesive (NCA) is a polymer-modified cementitious tile adhesive. The added polymers allow the product to accommodate movements due to thermal and physical changes, hence protecting tiles from cracks. The final bonding strength of Roff New Construction Tile Adhesive (NCA) is higher than cement.

Stained, faded grout
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Grout is porous and stains instantly, often permanently. As the grout joints sit lower than the tiles, dirt and other contaminants are pushed into the grout joints during the process or scrubbing or mopping tiles. Use Roff’s resin-based epoxy tile joint filler that exhibits stain resistant, chemical resistant, hard wearing and impervious properties, with a high degree of resistance to abrasion and impact.

It is always a good idea when getting a tiling job done, to keep a few spares, so if any tile gets damaged in the future, you won’t have to try hard to find an exact match.

About Pratishtha Khan

pratishtha.khan@thehappyhomes.co.in'
Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan blogs at breakfastprojekt.com and spends a large chunk of her leisure time creating and sourcing practical and affordable DIY solutions for home decor. Selected as one of the JUICE Magazine's Super Bloggers in 2014, she divides her time between her profession as a content writer and her passion as a creator of pretty things to adorn her home in Mumbai.

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