If the tile and grout continue to have buildup of dirt and debris, they become dull, dingy and discolored. The condition of your grout plays the primary role in how your tile and grout looks in between professional cleaning and maintenance services. No matter where your tile floor is located in the home, it is susceptible to soap residues, mold, dirt, debris and mildew, as well as random tracked and spilled substances. To help renew your tile and grout flooring, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to offer some basic cleaning advice.
1) Prepare the Tile & Grout Floor for Cleaning
Any areas of the grout that is especially built up, use a spray bottle filled with hot water and generously spray the area. Using circular motion as you follow the grout line, clean the area with stiff bristle brush, such as a used toothbrush. This helps break up the compacted grit and grime.
2) Make Homemade Tile & Grout Cleaner
Create a paste by mixing together two-parts baking soda to one-part hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. Use water instead of vinegar if you have natural stone, like marble. Vinegar is highly acidic and can damage and discolor your grout. Add a few droplets of dish soap in the event your tiles come in contact with grease, which is common in kitchens.
3) Clean Tile & Grout with Cleaning Solution
Heavily coat the paste on the affected areas of grout and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The solution will break up the deep accumulated filth to help simplify the scrubbing process.
4) Scrub Tile & Grout Surfaces
Use a bigger, stiff bristle brush to scrub through the grout lines and scrub off any remaining dirt and grime that has lifted to the surface.
5) Rinse Tile & Grout
To wash away the rest of the grout cleaner, add a few drops of dish detergent to a cloth or sponge and use hot water to wipe the surface. This will remove the grit and grime and soap residues.
6) Dry Tile & Grout
Where air drying is acceptable, it is in your better interest to follow up the washing by using a clean, dry towel to absorb any residual moisture.
Commercial Cleaning Products
Be careful when choosing to use a store-bought product, though there’s nothing wrong with using commercial grout cleaners, they can be very harsh and erode the grout with regular use. Always read the label’s directions and follow them. Also, be sure to always perform a patch test to ensure there is no discoloration.
Tile Sealing to Keep Grout Clean
We recommend that you apply a grout sealer to help prevent excessive buildup in the grout. A sealer provides a barrier on the grouts pores which helps prevent stains and discoloration. Before the sealer is applied however, the tile and grout need to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. It is encouraged you professionally clean the floors and let a professional seal the tile and grout.