As the years go by, your tile floors can start to look dirty and unattractive. Tile is supposed to last for several years, so keeping the tile and grout clean is important. When dirt starts to get trapped, your floors look dirty and stained. In your bathroom, specifically the shower, you have to deal with mold and soap scum. Besides the stains the mold can spread which can be hazardous to your health.
Cleaning tile and grout is no easy task. Your usual cleaning methods of using a mop or vacuum are not going to be enough to give you the lasting results you need. Make sure to put the time and energy into keeping your tile and grout clean, it will pay off in the long run.
How To Get That Tile and Grout Cleaned
Some of the more eco-friendly ways of keeping your floor clean is to use baking soda or white vinegar. You can create a paste to clean with by mixing the baking soda, vinegar and distilled water together. Distilled water has no minerals or chemicals that might leave a stain. Stay away from using soap, which can leave residue and attract dirt.
After you create your paste, scrub the grout back and forth in a circular motion to get the results you desire. You will then want to use the distilled water to rinse and clean up with a mop. If you have really difficult stain, mix chlorine bleach with distilled water. This should be 3 parts water and 1 part bleach. This mixture would be for only white grout, not colored. The bleach could leave a lasting stain on colors.
Make sure to take safety precautions when you are using bleach. You will want to protect your eyes and also use rubber gloves. Start with a small area to see how your mixture works before moving on to a wider surface. Another alternative to bleach is hydrogen peroxide, but make sure to not mix that with the bleach.
Final Step Is To Seal The Grout
Once you have completed your cleaning and the tile has dried, it is time to apply the tile and grout sealer. Membrane and penetrating sealer will be your two types that you will most likely use. Membrane will protect the tile by creating a barrier, which you will need to refresh every couple of years. Penetrating sealers get absorbed into the grout and need to be reapplied every 1-3 years.
With some planning, cleaning and hard work you can make your tile floor look brand new. Remember that eco-friendly cleaning ingredients like baking soda and vinegar will keep you and the environment safe. Don’t forget to seal the grout and maintain the seal to keep the lasting tile and grout results you want.
For more complex jobs you may want to hire a tile and grout cleaning company.