Tile and Grout Cleaning Pointers for HomeownersIn Winter on February 6, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Written by greenadmin
The bathrooms and kitchens of most homes often feature tile and grout for the floors and walls because it is a very stylish option and its durability is ideal for use in these rooms. Tile walls and floors are also pretty low maintenance as they can typically be cleaned with common household cleaners and a damp cloth or mop.
However, there may be instances in which the tile and grout require a deeper clean than just simply wiping it down with a cloth. The moisture of a kitchen or bathroom leaves tile and grout susceptible to mold and mildew as well as staining. The following tips will help you maintain your tile and grout to keep it free of mold and stains between professional cleanings.
Tile and grout are no less susceptible to staining than carpet, rugs, or other home furnishings and when a stain does occur, it is important to act quickly for the best chance of removing it. The most effective way to remove stains from tile and grout is by using a paste made from one part scouring powder and one part warm water. After making this paste, rub it onto the stain and wait for several minutes. Then scrub the area with a soft bristled brush and wash it with soap and water. Small stains can be removed with an eraser from a number 2 pencil.
Mold and Mildew
The higher moisture levels of the kitchen and bathroom create the perfect atmosphere for mold and mildew to grow within the grout. It is important to watch out for mold or mildew growth and eliminate it immediately because it could spread to other areas and even cause health problems. The best way to prevent mold growth in the tile and grout is to use an exhaust fan while showering to cut down on the moisture. If mold does appear in the grout, use a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and water to remove it. Rubber gloves should be worn when applying this mixture to keep your hands protected.
Keeping Tile and Grout Looking New
Like any other feature of your home, tile and grout can become worn out looking or drab in appearance. However, there is a way to brighten up and revitalize the look of your tile and grout for that like new look. Create a paste by using equal parts baking soda and water and apply it to the tile and grout either with a toothbrush or a different type of soft bristled brush. This will keep your tiles well polished and looking their brightest.
By following these tips, homeowners can keep the tile and grout in their kitchens and bathrooms free of stains and mold or mildew. They must be cleaned on a regular basis to achieve the best possible results. If despite these actions your tile and grout should become stained or dirty beyond what can be remedied by these techniques, contact Green T Carpet Cleaning. Green T now offers effective tile and grout cleaning services to remove dirt and debris as well as grout sealant to keep it protected from dirt and stains.Comment »