Keep Your Mosaic Tile Looking New

by Carolanne Strong
(last updated September 16, 2009)

If you have a piece of mosaic artwork in your home, you are participating in tradition that dates back 3,500 years and is found all over the world. Mosaic work is beautiful and original. Mosaics are made by fitting small pieces of glass or stone together to reveal a pattern, and every piece of artwork is unique. Weather your mosaic piece is a lamp, vase, bird bath, table or floor, you'll want to clean it regularly to maintain its sparkle.

  • Dust off surface dirt. This simple step can go a long way to restoring the brilliance of your mosaic. This is especially important if you are working with a floor piece that sees a lot of traffic, or an outdoor piece such as a table or a birdbath. You can do this with a dust cloth for small pieces or a broom for larger ones.
  • Sponge. Dip an absorbent sponge in clean water and wring out excess water. If you are using a sponge with a "scrubbing side", use only the soft sponge side so that you don't scratch the tile pieces. Pass the sponge lightly over the surface of the mosaic to pick up dirt that your dusting left behind.
  • Clean the grout. Often, the first two steps are all you need to brighten your mosaic, but occasionally, you will want to scrub the grout lines. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the grout with a soft bristled toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing the decorative elements, and don't use abrasive cleaners like Comet, as they can lead to scratches as well. Also, avoid digging into the grout; doing so may loosen the grout which can cause stones and tiles to come loose.
  • Consider resealing. Occasionally you will want to reseal the grout on your mosaic piece, especially if it is an outdoor one such as a bird bath or table. There a several different finishes that the sealant comes in, so unless you want to change the appearance of your piece (high gloss will give it a wet look) make sure that you buy a finish that is consistent with the existing one.
  • Brighten white grout. If the mosaic piece you are trying to clean is part of a floor design, it may be difficult to keep the grout lines bright, especially if they are white. If you have white grout lines you can touch them up every few weeks with a bleach pen (Tide makes a good one; you can find them in the laundry isle at the supermarket), but test it on an inconspicuous spot before you proceed.

Author Bio

Carolanne Strong

MORE FROM CAROLANNE

Cleaning an Area Rug

Anciently, kings and rulers commissioned beautiful handmade works knotted with golden and silver threads to adorn their ...

Discover More

Caring for and Cleaning Painted Wood Floors

A painted wood floor can add a contemporary and fresh feel to a worn out wooden floor, but it does present some unique ...

Discover More

Getting Soot Stains Out of Rugs and Carpets

It is all to easy to leave a soot stain on carpet if you have a wood burning stove, fireplace or if you use candles in your ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning and Sealing Grout

Grout seems to be something that only a tile-lover could appreciate. Keep yours clean with the following tips.

Discover More

Grout Cleaner

Grout can be tricky to get totally clean. Instead of struggling with the same old methods of cleaning, try one of these ideas ...

Discover More

Stubborn Tile Stains

Stubborn tile stains can come from just about any source, anything from a dripping faucet, to an exceptionally high amount of ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.