When it comes to tackling the various chores in your home, most people think there is little involved concerning tile and grout cleaning. Being fairly porous, they can still be subject to staining and damage despite being a hard and durable surface. With a broom or vacuum and washing the residues and spots clean, the basics involve cleaning off the surface debris. When it comes time to cleaning the tile and grout however, there are quite a few mistakes made by homeowners that we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to discuss. In an effort to help you avoid the common mistakes and ensure your tile and grout floors to preserve the condition and longevity as well as it is properly cleaned, consider the following below.
Don’t Neglect Cleaning Tile Floors
Cleaning duties are often thrown on the back burner due to busy lifestyles. When the busy schedules and lack of ambition prevent routine cleaning, the tile and floors quickly become built up with dirt and debris, spots and sticky residues. As it also expedites the natural deterioration of the surface, leading to requiring replacements or repairs, overlooking your tile and grout cleaning will make the room look unsightly and unsanitary. Create an ongoing regular routine where the tile and grout is swept every day or two and the floor is mopped at least once a week in order to remove the grit and grime.
Avoid Bleach & Ammonia Cleaners on Tile
The tile or grout can discolor with the use of ammonia and bleach cleaners, whether whole or in part. Using a mild all-purpose water-based cleaning solution is a reliable source. Should you know which tile you have, you can also choose the appropriate cleaner designed for that specific tile type. Water can take care of most spots and residues if you are ever uncertain.
Don’t Scrub Floors with Abrasive Materials
Never reach for the steel wool pads and hard-bristle brushes when you set to scrub the floors. These tools will certainly permanently scratch your surfaces, no matter how challenging the filth on the tile is. Instead, use soft cleaning cloths and mops during the cleaning process to avoid the abrasive scrubbing powders as well.
Turn Off Beater Bar on Vacuum
Many prefer using a vacuum to clean the particles off the surface. While running the vacuum, however, few deactivate the beater bar, which can lead to damaging the tile and grout. You will want to either invest in a hard surface vacuum or make certain the beater bar is not functioning by setting the vacuum to the bare floor setting.
Not Tending to Spills on Tile is a Mistake
To avoid staining and damage, never allow spills to linger as spills, especially oils, dark colors, and acids substances, and make sure they are immediately wiped.
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Just as the rugs, carpets, and upholstery need a professional cleaning, the tile and grout need to be professionally deep cleaned periodically to remove the deep penetrated soil and stains. Your tile and grout likely need sealant application to offer it more protection as well. Call Silver State Floor Restoration and we will get your tile and grout efficiently cleaned and sealed when you need professional cleaning and sealing services.