Especially in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms where moisture is a factor, tile and grout flooring are typically found in every home since it is a more durable option. There are many who make some mistakes doing the task when it comes to the cleaning of the tile and grout. Today, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to help you avoid tile and grout cleaning by sharing common mistakes.
Why Do My Tile Floors Look Cloudy After Mopping? Tile & Grout Mistakes to Avoid
Leaving Spills. Just as carpet and wood floors are, tile and grout can be just as impacted by substances, just in a different manner. Stains and discoloration develop when you let these various substances seep into the porous grout. Leaving an unsightly stain includes tomato based, oily, and most beverages will seep into tile, so be sure to quickly clean them up.
No protection for tile floors from furniture. It can be chipped or crack with enough exerted force, despite tile being hard. You can better protect your tile from potential damage, using furniture protectors on the bottom of the legs of chairs and tables. Be very careful and note the potted plants as well when moving the furniture around as you clean.
Avoid ammonia / bleached based tile cleaners: These products should be avoided at all costs. These products will discolor the grout over time. Use a tile and grout cleaner specific to the type of tile you have, or a mild all-purpose cleaner, or for best results.
Don’t scrub tile: Never use abrasive tools, such as steel wool, and powders. The sealants and polish will be removed, and the tile processed with a finish that will be damaged. The only thing you use to clean your tile and grout floors are soft cleaning mops, cloths and nonabrasive chemicals.
Not deactivating the vacuum’s beater bar is a mistake. When using the vacuum to clear the dust and debris, the beater bar of the vacuum should not be spinning. It scratches or dulls the finish when the beater bar spins. When cleaning tile floors, ensure the beater bar is not spinning.
Infrequent sweeping. The deterioration of the sealant is expedited from the dirt is a natural abrasive, and walking creates the friction, and the grout and finish is damaged. To keep the tile and grout looking amazing and stay in optimal condition, daily sweeping light weekly mopping and professional deep cleaning 1-2 times a year.
Not maintaining tile sealant. To protect the tile and grout from wear and tear, sealants should be periodically applied. New caulk should be administered to seal the seams as the caulk should be inspected routinely and if it is peeling.
Oil-based tile cleaners on glazed tile. Already slippery on their own are glazed tile floors. You increase the risk of falling when you add an oil-based cleaner. Stay clear of the oil-based cleaner on glazed tile.
Not using floor mats on tile. Under our feet is most of the filth that comes inside tracked in on the floors. You can knock the majority of the dirt and debris off the shoes and avoid tracking in excess particulates by having an outdoor mat and indoor mat placed on both sides of the door.
Tile oversaturation. During the mopping process can damage and discolor the tile, oversaturation and not drying the moisture off the surface. The grout lines look dull and dingy from mineral deposits in the water left behind cause staining and excess moisture promotes mildew and mold growth. Be sure to dry them as it will also buff and shine the tile as well following the mopping.
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Professionally clean the tile and grout at least once a year, and in high traffic areas, consider every 6 months. To ensure they are efficiently deep cleaned, call Tough Carpet Cleaning when the tile and grout is due for a cleaning.