No matter the type of flooring you have in your home, it requires regular maintenance to preserve the esthetics and longevity. Hardwood floors, carpets, and tile floors need their proper cleaning and any additional maintenance to contribute to the overall care of your floors. Tile and grout especially need the daily cleaning, professional cleaning, sealing if necessary, and any other treatments as needed as the years progress.
DM Carpet Cleaning share some tips on the ultimate level of cleaning tile and grout.
Kitchen tile and grout used for back splashes and countertops can get grimy with cooking particles, grease, dirt, and other debris. Before you realize it, the tile and grout becomes drab and dull, looking exceptionally filthy. Bathroom tile and grout has not only the dirt and debris buildup, but it also is contaminated with layers of soap scum and moisture that breeds mildew, bacteria and even mold. These effects leave tile and grout looking mucky and filmy. The more neglect the tile and grout endures, the more buildup occurs. Depending on your method of choice, the stains and buildup may need more serious cleaning. Below are some choices we listed for your consideration.
Household Homemade Ceramic Tile Cleaning Solutions:
For some of the minor stains, utilizing the common household items like vinegar or baking soda can be effective cleaners.
Tile & Grout Cleaning Solution #1: Combine equal parts white vinegar and water and spray on tile and grout. Allow the mixture to settle for 5 minutes, reapply and scrub again.
Tile & Grout Cleaning Solution #2: Create a paste for tougher stains by adding a few tsp of water at a time to baking soda until the paste is created. Apply the paste to the grout and tile and allow it to settle for 10 minutes.
After you apply your preferred remedy, scrub with a stiff brush but do not use any metal material brushes. Scrub in small circles rather than straight up and down scrubbing to remove more grit and debris from the grout and to remove the filmy layers on the tile. Rinse well with warm water, and blot away remaining moisture with a dry cloth or paper towels.
Basic Tile and Grout Department Store Cleaners:
The basic cleaners in your department stores such as; generic bathroom cleaners, disinfectants, or powder-based cleaners are well designed to remove the residue of filth on tile and grout. Be sure to always follow the labels directions and then scrub after applications and make sure to rinse and dry the grout and tile surface well after cleaning.
Extra Strength Tile and Grout Cleaners:
For the really stubborn stains more powerful products like oxygen bleach powder, hydrogen peroxide, or chlorine bleach might be called for. These potent products should be diluted with water before use. Always follow manufacturer’s directions, wear gloves and if possible a mask when handling the product. Do know that bleach should never be used on colored grout, as it will lighten your grout permanently. Do not rely on bleach products and use them too much because it can deteriorate grout leaving it damaged. They are only recommended for tough and stubborn stains, not for regular maintenance.
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For more efficiently maintained tile and grout, we recommend a professional cleaning from DM Carpet Cleaning, as our skilled pros can extract the filth, grease, and mildew leaving your grout and tile vibrant, clean and fresh. Contact us today!