Designed to fill the space between stone, glass, and ceramic tiles, grout is a cement-based mixture. Grout helps secure the tile in a stylish and practical way with an assortment of colors and a few formulas to choose from. Tile and grout is used in many different ways from floors in kitchens and bathrooms as well as backsplashes and around showers and tubs and more. Many struggle to keep the grout clean and preventing the dull, dingy effects that seem to occur over time, unfortunately. As to why it is a challenge to clean and some preventative measures is what we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to discuss today.
Grout Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
Grout is very porous in nature, so soil, soap scum, moisture, bacteria, and other particulates are commonly absorbed. Under these conditions, mold and mildew can quickly set into the grout. Most people turn to the mop for the floors and rag/sponge for other surfaces when cleaning these surfaces. The grout still seems to lose the bright, clean, freshness it originally had, despite the efforts made diligently. People will use the same prepared bucket of water and cleaner throughout the entire process is one of the primary causes is that when mopping. Making it less and less effective as you go, the dirt and debris muds up the water as you dip the mop in the water. You are only applying filthy surface water to the top, eventually. Few take the time to rinse and dry after the washing, leaving a residue of cleaner behind and moisture to set into the grout as well. Adding layers of residue and dust and debris that magnetizes to it is the residing cleaner will buildup. The dingy and dull effects set into the grout over time.
Best Way to Clean Grout
Only use warm water to rinse the residues and wipe away the spots to avoid the buildup if mopping is your primary approach to cleaning your tile and grout, every second or third washing. As it will expedite the wear of the sealant when cleaning the floors, stay away from vinegar. It makes little to contact as you scrub, leaving these grout lines exceptionally difficult to clean because grout dips lower than tile. Though the time and labor isn’t appealing, the best method to treating the grout is scrub with a brush. To maximize your cleaning efforts, use a using a tile and grout machine cleaner. Make sure you change the water frequently and you use a scrubbing brush to treat the grout if you stick to the mopping.
Why Does Grout Need to Be Sealed?
Ensure they are periodically serviced with a professional sealant application to extend the clean and freshness of your grout. To help minimize staining, the sealer acts a barrier to reduce the moisture, soil, and debris from seeping deep into the grout. Especially if the wrong cleaners are used, sealers last about a year, but can wear down faster with excessive foot traffic and frequent cleanings, on average. Lack of sealer will also be a contributing factor to keeping the grout clean.
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It is recommended that your tile and grout get professionally cleaned at least once a year and asking your professional to include a sealant application will help protect your grout and extend the clean, bright, and vibrant longer with your cleaning maintenance. Call Tough Carpet Cleaning today to schedule your tile and grout cleaning and sealing services.