In breezeways, entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms and laundry rooms, tile flooring is common in many rooms of the home. It makes it a great flooring option for these busy, and often messy, rooms of your home since tile is easy to clean. Specifically, in regard to the grout in between each tile, it also has its drawbacks, though tile certainly has its perks. The grout areas becoming dark and dirty over time is probably something you noticed. However, you are not likely to realize just how dirty they are. You’ll be shocked at the difference when they’re finally cleaned the right way, in fact. Usually, if you routinely clean and maintain, the task won’t take so much work. Letting it go, unfortunately, will present a big job that’s tough to tackle. You may have attempted to clean the grout yourself, with poor results. When it comes to cleaning the tile and grout there is a lot of fact and fiction. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to share some common facts and fiction concerning your tile and grout.
Why are My Tile Floors Still Dirty After Mopping?
To keep your tile and grout clean over time, mopping on its own without any other deep cleaning is not enough. It just doesn’t have the power to remove the in-between, deep-down dirt and grime that has settled into your grout over the years, though mopping is great for keeping the surface of your tile clean. You’re actually contributing to the damage and stains your grout falls victim to if you’re not mopping correctly. Unfortunately, dirty mop water pushes dirt into that porous grout where it can settle in.
What Can Be Used to Clean Tile & Grout?
Especially from the grout, the viscosity of your everyday dish soap and household cleaners makes it harder for you to rinse those components away. These products tend to build up a thick residue that sticks to grout. Products should be designed for use specifically on tile and grout.
Is Bleach Safe on Tile & Grout?
Because it will break down and deteriorate this material over time, you shouldn’t use bleach on your grout. Since it can weaken and get brittle from repeated use, don’t let it near your grout and stick to bleach for toilets and sinks. It dulls the shine on glossy surfaces, bleach isn’t good for the tile itself.
Can You Use Acid to Clean Tile & Grout?
As most of them are too strong to dissolve and break down surfaces effectively, don’t use acid on your tile and grout. Acid will eat away at your grout and lead to grout erosion. Keep acid away from your tile, even after a couple of applications, this happens fast.
Can You Scrub Tile & Grout?
The truth is that heavy-duty wire brushes can remove much more than dirt – taking the finish off your tile and eating away at your grout, though you may assume it’s OK to scrub your tile and grout with wire brushes to get rid of stains and discolorations. Keep wire brushes away from your flooring and leave the hard scrubbing to more durable surfaces. Get some agitation going with a soft brush and a professional-grade cleaner as grout often needs some extra help in the cleaning arena.