Cleaning tile and grout is not among the most enjoyable DIY jobs and more so when you are required to get down on your hand and knees to accomplish the task. Our grannies were perhaps adept at this type of cleaning. But, times have changed, and lifestyle too has changed making it a real challenge to bend your back, or get on your knees even for a short while. Come to think of it, how often do we at least squat on the floor? Let us move straight to tile and grout cleaning leaving lifestyle issues aside
Over some time, tile surfaces and floors tend to lose their lustre and shine. Mopping and scrubbing generally cannot yield the same results that you can expect from a deep clean. Grout is porous, absorbs debris and dirt on it and mopping can only remove the soil on the surface but not embedded dirt causing the grout to gain a dull appearance. The best way to get back the great looking tiles on your floor, bathrooms and other areas of the home is to get professional tile and grout cleaning done once every year or at intervals that suit your needs. Professional tile and grout cleaning have several benefits that go beyond just great looks. It helps in extending the life of your floors by getting rid of the grout that can potentially render the tiles week. Further, professionals use only safe cleaning products on all types of tiles including ceramic, travertine, porcelain and limestone. Regular tile and grout cleaning by professionals will also save money for you apart from the inconvenience from complete replacement of tiles. Most homeowners also know how challenging it is to clean tiles in the baths and kitchen in particular while the professionals bring the required expertise to take on these tasks with relative ease.
Grout cleaning is essentially the secret of clean and great looking walls, counters and floors. Tiles do resist stains and dirt, but grout is different because of its porous nature which absorbs the spills and dirt and stains very easily. Spills are simply unavoidable particularly in the kitchen while soap, mildew and mould only make the grout dirty in bathrooms or other moist areas.
If your thoughts are still gravitating towards a DIY and the challenges involved are not overwhelming, here are some tips to get rid of grime and dirt from the surface of your floors, bathrooms and other allied areas.
The first step is removing the grime and dirt from the surface by wiping them down using hot water. Once this is done, you can spray an appropriate cleaning solution over the grout, and you can also make a solution on your own by creating a mix of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and put it into a spray bottle. Once the solution is ready, you should spray it on the grout and allow about 5 minutes before scrubbing off using a soft brush. A toothbrush or any other small scrub brush is the idea to scrub off the grout. If extra scrubbing power, you can employ an electric toothbrush. But, you should never use metal brushes since it will lead to scratches on the tile and potentially knock out pieces of grout. After the scrubbing is done, thoroughly wash the treated area with hot water.
Diluted bleach or commercial grout cleaners
Some grout stains can be stubborn, and you can get rid of these by making a paste of baking soda and water in 2:1 proportion. Apply the paste on the stained area and leave it overnight before scrubbing off using a nylon brush. Thoroughly rinse using hot water when all the scrubbing is done.
Some homes may have porous or coarse tile such as marble, and you will need a solution that is less acidic for these surfaces since vinegar can easily stain these tiles. You can try mixing a small volume of peroxide and baking soda in 1:2 proportion and scrub grout using a soft brush. Importantly, you should also know that without adequate knowledge of how the cleaning products react on different types of floors, you could end up causing permanent damage to the floor.
Sandpaper is another convenient tool to remove grout from tiles. You can simply fold the sandpaper and use the creased edge in back and forth motion along the line of the grout. An eraser on pencil tops is another facile tool that can be rubbed back and forth along the stained grout line. Rinsing with hot water is essential every time you scrub the grout way, irrespective of the method and product you use for this.
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DIY for tile and grout cleaning may be fascinating because you would imagine getting over with the task in an hour or two at best. But, if you carefully read what we have stated above, you will know that the challenges involved are overwhelming for most of us. Draining away all your energy over the weekend and having a tough time at work on Monday is an avoidable experience. On the other hand, professionals can bring along the right cleaning materials and equipment to do a deep cleaning that can last for several months, and potentially extend the life of your tiles.