Beautify tiles - new look for old tiles

Beautify tiles - new look for old tiles

Old tiles, old-fashioned look. The tiles are often the biggest defect of a property. This becomes clear to buyers of used real estate again and again. The demands on tiles were completely different from those of today many years ago. But not always are the tiles from the 1980s, the culprit in the bathroom. Even cheap tiles of modern times can lose their beautiful look over time. In this case, homeowners want to beautify the tiles with simple measures. These measures are presented below.

Tiles are the face of the bathroom. It is even more important that they match the taste of the family who use the bathroom every day. If this is no longer the case, measures will be needed to beautify the tiles.

White tiles: the culprit in many baths

White tiles can be found in many German bathrooms. If the bathroom is not properly decorated, they look very bare and give the impression of being in a hospital. The good news: white tiles can be easily embellished with many of the tips below.

An insider's tip for beautifying white tiles is the partial renewal of these tiles. White tiles allow home improvement to easily redesign them. With stickers, they can create a pattern on the white tiles: for example, they glue a tile in dark gray and the next tile in light gray color. The third flow keeps its white color. This pattern is repeated until the end of the wall.

Partial tiles

Basically, the following tips apply to tiles of all shapes and colors, regardless of age. But they should have one thing in common: The tiles should continue to stick well to the wall. If they threaten to fall off, they need to be completely renewed.

Cleaning the tiles can work wonders

Unsightly tiles can have a simple reason in some cases: they are soiled and just need to be cleaned.

General Tips for cleaning

Ceramic tiles are very easy-care products when it comes to cleaning. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturer regarding the cleaning. Detergents containing hydrofluoric acid or its fluorides should be avoided. They can attack and damage ceramic surfaces.

In the case of low levels of pollution, it is sufficient for households to clean tiles with lukewarm water as part of maintenance cleaning and environmentally friendly, readily biodegradable wiping additives (such as neutral cleaners). Strong detergents will not get you to their destination faster or more efficiently. On the contrary, they can damage the tile surface.

Removing limescale stains

Limescale deposits are a thorn in the side of many consumers. Particularly affected are people who live in regions where very hard water can be found. Those affected should first buy a reverse osmosis system that softens the water. The plant will ensure that limescale does not occur that often in the future.

Afterwards, consumers can begin to remove the limescale from the tiles. Vinegar has proven to be a well-known home remedy for removing lime. This is mixed with water in the ratio 1: 1. Spray the tiles with a spray bottle and wipe the mixture with a sponge after a short exposure time.

Cleaning the joints

The joints are usually cleaned with spring cleaning. Here, consumers like to use chemical cleaning agents that can be quite effective, but also cause two problems:

  1. pollute the environment
  2. lead to partial allergic reactions

An alternative to chemical cleaners are proven home remedies. Vinegar is also ideal for cleaning joints. We also recommend baking soda to remove dirt completely.

Scratched, repaired broken tiles

Broken tiles can destroy the look of a modern bathroom. It can be broken corners, slight scratches or larger cracks. These relatively small problems are relatively easy for consumers to solve:

  • The crack in a tile can be easily glued.
  • If a part splinters or there is a larger crack or a hole, the defect must be filled.
  • For There are refinishes for minor flaws.

There is only one rule for all three scenarios: take time. The repair of tiles requires a lot of patience and sensitivity.

Before the repair can begin, do-it-yourselfers first have to find all the problem areas and mark them with adhesive tape. This guarantees that you can process the problem areas quickly afterwards.

During the repair make sure not to apply too much. More than one stroke is rarely needed. After drying, cracks and other problems can still be repaired if necessary.

Tile Stickers: Overcoating the Old Look

If scratches and cracks or stains are not the cause of the unsightly tiles, then it only helps to change the design. This change can be done by do-it-yourselfers using a special foil called a tile sticker. The advantage of this measure is that it is also suitable for tenants. As a rule, these must not change anything in the building fabric. Slides, on the other hand, are easy to remove before moving out.

Tile stickers basically work like wall decals: they are glued directly onto the tiles in the bathroom or kitchen, giving it a new color or a new design. The film can even be cleaned with sponge, water and detergent.

Tile on Tile: Tile Over Tile

If you want to save the tiling of your tiles in your bathroom or kitchen, you can cover your old tiles. Pasting over tiles is a practical alternative to complete renovation. It is more cost effective, quicker to run, and has only one small drawback: The volume of the bathroom or kitchen is minimized.

Gluing tile to tile is not possible in every bathroom or kitchen. The condition is that the ground is suitable for this renovation measure. Therefore, the tiles should not be too old to wear the new tiles.

Do-it-yourselfers can lightly tap their tiles with a rubber mallet to see if there are cavities. If there are too many cavities, this renovation can not be done.


Many tiles just need a little attention to make them look good. Broken corners, scratches and limescale can be removed and removed. If the design no longer matches your own taste, consumers have the opportunity to beautify tiles with stickers or new tiles.

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