How To Clean Tile And Grout
With the amount of different styles, colors, sizes, and textures to choose from you can really put some personality in a room. Tiles are a great choice because of their durability and long lifespan; they are also very low maintenance. The tiles themselves stay fairly clean with just regular washing. Unless they have a very textured surface, then they may need a little extra scrubbing every wash. The grout, on the other hand, tends to get ignored. Simply wiping with a cloth or mopping tile still does not get deep in the grout and over time the grout seems to change color. This color change of course is dirt build up.
Now this is when some people throw in the towel and hire someone to come in and regrout all the tile. This is a very expensive and time consuming process. Not to mention the mess it can leave all over the rest of your house. A person has to come in a grind all the old grout out and this can lead to grout dust getting everywhere. Or you can regrout it yourself and hope you don’t break to many tiles digging out the old grout.
Before jumping to the most expensive option let’s try something a little cheaper. 9 out of 10 times a good deep cleaning of the grout can bring it back to practically new. Here is what you’ll need:
What You Need To Clean Grout
Small Scrub Brush
How To Get Your Grout Sparkling
First, prepare your tile and grout surface by giving it a good cleaning as you would any other cleaning just to get rid of any loose, easily removable dirt and debris.
Now lets mix our DIY grout cleaning solution. You will need one part Hydrogen Peroxide and one part Baking Soda. It is best to make this brew in smaller batches as you go in order to keep maximum effectiveness. Maybe make a cereal bowl amount at a time.
Next pour the mix directly on the grout in the section you plan to clean. Then let it dwell for about ten minutes. This dwell time gives the cleaning solution time to get deep into the pores of the grout and lift the dirt to the surface where it can be more easily scrubbed away.
After about 10-15 minutes use your brush to scrub the grout. You shouldn’t need to apply a ton of pressure, just the scrubbing action alone should be enough to finish loosening the dirt.
After a few good scrubs take a clean damp cloth and wipe away the dirt and debris. If you still see dirt in the grout you can repeat this process but from my experience this is all it will take to have practically brand new looking grout.
After using the DIY detergent on the grout in the area you are cleaning and have wiped up most or all of the dirt go ahead and give the floor another once over to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
Yes this is the cheapest way to make your grout look great again, but sometimes our time is more valuable spent doing other things like helping our kids with homework or going to soccer games and dance recitals. So if you have a busy life like most of us and need someone to come in and give those tile and grout floors a really good deep clean to bring back that brand new floor look, call us at Sirius Cleaning. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and guarantee it. So save yourself the headache and spend your time where it is more needed and call today for your free in home estimate.