When it comes to tackling the various chores in your home, most people think there is little involved concerning tile and grout cleaning. They can still be subject to staining and damage as they are fairly porous, despite being a hard and durable surface. Cleaning off the surface debris with a broom or vacuum and washing the residues and spots clean is part of the basics. We at Silver State Flooring Restoration would like to share the common mistakes surrounding tile and grout cleaning to help you avoid it, especially since there are some things people do while cleaning their tile and grout that can do more harm than good. We recommend you avoid the following mistakes in order to preserve the condition and longevity as well as ensure it is properly cleaned.
Don’t Use Abrasive Scrubbing Materials on Tile & Grout
You should not be reaching the steel wool pads and hard-bristle brushes when you set to scrub the floors. These tools will certainly permanently scratch your surface, no matter how challenging the filth on the tile is. Be sure to avoid abrasive scrubbing powders. Soft cleaning cloths and mops should be used instead.
Don’t Use Bleach & Ammonia Tile & Grout Cleaners
The grout can be discolored in whole or in part using ammonia and bleach cleaners. Should you know which tile you have, selecting the appropriate cleaner designed for that specific tile type is best, though a mild all-purpose water-based cleaning solution. However, water can take care of most spots and residues if you are ever uncertain.
Improper Use of Vacuum on Tile Floors
Many prefer using a vacuum to remove the dirt from the surface of tile and grout. However, the grout and tile can be damaged by the beater bar if not deactivated before vacuuming. Make certain the beater bar is not functioning by setting the vacuum to the bare floor setting or invest in a hard surface vacuum.
Neglecting Tile Cleaning
Many people will put off their chores. When busy schedules and the lack of ambition prevent routine cleaning, tile and floors quickly become overrun with dirt and debris, spots and sticky residues. Not only will neglecting your tile and grout cleaning make the room look unsightly and unsanitary, but it also accelerates the natural deterioration of the surface, leading to requiring replacements or repairs. Develop 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 to avoid the grit and grime buildup.
Not Cleaning Spills on Tile Floors Right Away
Allowing spills to linger, especially dark colors, oily, and acids substances can cause staining and damage. Be sure to wipe up spills promptly.
Not Scheduling Professional Cleaning
To remove the deep penetrated soil and stains that are in the grout just as the rugs, carpets, and upholstery need, tile and grout need to be professionally deep cleaned periodically. To offer it more protection, your tile and grout likely need sealant application annually as well.