Over a period, the grouts and tiles also accumulate dirt, or due to usage, there can be stains of different items on them. Such dirt can just spoil the look of the area, and hence one needs to get them cleaned with the help of the cleaning service provider professionals.
Why Tiles and Grout turn dirty?
The primary agents that turn tiles and grout dirty are dirt, grease, soap scum, and oils. The primary sources of dirt and grime are dirty feet and muddy shoes. Using abrasive materials and harsh chemicals to clean tiles and grout may aggravate the problem by scratching the soft surfaces and staining the tiles and grout.
How to keep Tile and Grout Cleaning Canberra?
Prevention of accumulation of agents that cause tiles and grout to turn dirty and dingy is most essential. The common ways in which tiles and grout can be prevented from getting dirty are:
- Use a “grout sealer” about 1-2 weeks after the grout is installed. Since grout is porous, it allows tiny particles to get absorbed. Protecting the grout with a grout sealer will help keep the grout clean for a long time.
- Clean tiles and grout regularly with a non-abrasive cleaner. Regular cleaning will help keep the tiles and grout clean for a very long time and will not require to fix it.
- Vacuuming every day rather than sweeping will help keep the floor clean. Vacuuming helps by not spreading the dirt around but rather removing it from the floor.
The other way to keep tiles and grout clean is to prevent the damage. This can be done in many ways.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar –Mix baking soda and water in the ratio 3:1 to make a thick paste. This is a versatile cleaner and will work with all colors of grout. However, remember not to use vinegar with natural stones like marble or limestone. Now, apply the paste to the grout lines with your finger while wearing rubber gloves to prevent scratches or irritated skin. Now spray vinegar solution to the applied paste and bubbling will appear. Bubbling will appear and once it has subsided, scrub the grout lines with a nylon bristled brush. To remove the residues, mop the floor with plain water.
- Oxygenated Bleach – Mix two tablespoons of oxygenated bleach to two cups of warm water. Mix the freshly prepared solution thoroughly. This solution is gentle for all types of tile. To ensure that the solution doesn’t cause discoloration, you can test by applying it to one corner of the tile. Pour the solution on the grout, and then clean it with a brush.
You can use a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap instead and use the same procedure.
- Steam Cleaner – Buy or borrow a steam cleaner and use clean water without any chemicals or soap. When ready, move the cleaning brush over the grout and then wipe with a clean towel.
Once cleaned, you can use grout sealant to prevent the buildup of dirt.