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How to look after your new tile trim18th May 2018

A home improvement project is the result of a lot of hard work and planning at every stage, so when it is completed, it's important that you know how to take care of it. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your labour for years to come.

Even though the products that we sell are of great quality, they still need some TLC to look their best. This information is primarily provided by the manufacturer of one our best selling products - Genesis tile trim. Their guidelines are created to help the people using their products keep them in the best condition.

The material your tile trim is made out of is the primary factor in the way you’ll need to care for it. Some materials are more delicate than others, and require a different level of care.​


Plastic Tile Trim

Of the two, plastic tile trim is slightly easier to take care of in the home environment. It’s generally a case of keeping it regularly cleaned by wiping it clean with a neutral cleaner. Nevertheless, there are some things you need to remember  

Heat - PVC Tile Trim is best kept at a cool temperature of under 60º. It’s likely to warp or swell in high temperatures, so make sure that you don’t expose it to very hot water when cleaning it.

Chemicals - PVC has a very good chemical resistance, but it’s still a good idea to avoid harsh chemicals such as paint removers near your plastic tile trim.

 

Metal Tile Trim

With metal tile trim, you’ll need to know exactly what material your trim is made from to properly care for it.
 

Aluminium

The majority of Genesis tile trim is aluminium, with a plating or covering to offer the wide range of colours. To care for this, you should polish it regularly to avoid oxidation. As aluminium also doesn’t react well to alkaline, you should also make sure to keep it clear of any grout or adhesive from the tiling, as this can cause corrosion.

Stainless Steel

Although they are designed to be easily cleaned and non-porous, stainless steel trim still needs regular polishing to avoid tarnishing. If left, it may begin to rust and pit, which will affect both the look and functionality of your trim.
 

Luckily, what’s best for your tile trim is best for your tiles too. Most don’t require a strong, chemical cleaner. For most tiles and tile trims, your everyday cleaning routine shouldn’t include anything stronger than warm water and washing up liquid. Many chemicals can leave a residue that won’t leave you with the well-cared for tiles or the clean look that you’re hoping for.

We’re experts on everything tiling at Premium Tile Trim - it’s why we’re one of the biggest independent suppliers in the country. If you’re not sure what you need, or want to know more about how to take care of your new tile trim, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

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