Washing up tiles can seem to be a tedious task, with stuff like mold, algae, lichen, and other organic hazards to the tiles likely to grow if the tiles are kept unchecked. Personally, a ‘Monica-like’ (FRIENDS TV Show) personality helps me to keep a proper check on the substances around me; a compulsive cleaning habit does prevent these organic materials from growing on my tiles.
Still, not everyone loves to wash every day. For everyone out there who wants to learn the art of pressure washing tiles in their homes, especially if the tiles have been kept unchecked for a long time, this method is for you!
The first thing you would do before pressure washing any substance is to take appropriate safety precautions, shoes with a good grip and rubber gloves would be your first bet.
The basic first step of the project is to keep safety in mind, wearing relatively old clothes would also be the best way to go, with that all done, the first thing you would want to do is to reach your tiles safely. If they’re on the roof, be sure to use a ladder.
Once there, the first thing to do is to pick a point from where you would want to start and work your way to the other half so that the place covered isn’t tampered with again.
Start spraying plain water on the tiles using the pressure washer. If you do not already have one you can always order one, a pressure washer is the best equipment to have for your cleaning needs, believe me with a compulsive cleaning disorder like mine, I would suggest you the best models at the best rates, but that’s a story for another time!
When you start to wash the tiles, debris and dirt will begin to fall, in case of washing on the roof, make sure you’ve covered the floor so the debris falling can be covered away. The flat walls are, however, the tricky part! The walls will most probably leave the rest of your room or the part of the house.
You’re cleaning in a bit of a mess, so consider covering every part of the room before you start to pressure wash.
Now the main thing about pressure washing tiles is the debris left behind between the areas that are bounded by cement. These are usually the places where all the debris originates and where fungus or other organic materials take shape, eventually rotting the tiles until they start to break.
In the case of fungi
Once you have cleaned the roof with plain water, apply the chemical solution found at any supermart for cleaning only after the tiles dry down. This chemical solution is only necessary for moss or other fungi between the tiles, again, make sure cleaning becomes a habit for you to prevent rotting of tiles.
Now allow the solution to work its way to the core of the tiles, letting it work for at least 24 hours would be best, but the time really depends upon the product you’re using (most of them come with clear instructions too!).
Try to apply the chemical to the places with the most moss or fungi attached so the chemical can sort of loosen up the core of the tiles.
Once the chemical is dry properly, clean up the tiles once more with another round of pressure wash. Make sure the tiles are thoroughly cleaned, warm cloth to dry up the tiles after cleaning would be my personal recommendation.
Some Extra Tips
Finally, the best way to now maintain your roof after you have cleaned it up is to perform regular clean-ups. I cannot stress this enough; your home needs proper cleaning just like your car or your other precious belongings, regular clean-ups would never bring you to another lousy situation of fungi again.
In case of minor damage to the tiles, always replace them beforehand as especially with tiles once you give an opening, it could be fatally dangerous for the tiles around the place. It’s basically an open invitation to fungi and other harms that may occur to your tiles.
The last advice before we wrap this up would be to paint your walls after you’ve cleaned it from the fungi, once you have pressure washed the tiles it’s better to coat them with paint rather than leaving them to be again. There you have it; your tiles are brand new again, now wasn’t this fun *chuckles.*