- Start with a Thorough Cleaning of the Tile
Start by vacuuming and mopping your floors. This will pick up larger debris and will remove some of the grime from your tile and grout.
- Read Flooring Manuals Carefully
Some flooring does fine with acidic cleaners while other grout can be harmed by natural cleaners containing vinegar. Always use the recommended grout cleaner for your tile and grout. Even with an approved cleaner, when using a new product, always test it on a small, unnoticeable part of your floor first, just to make sure it does not leave a residue. When cleaning, focus on stained areas first, and then give your grout a once-over. Use a small brush to scrub between each tile. Finally, rinse the area and dry it with a towel to prevent moisture from getting in. Grout is porous, so you do not want to soak the area.
- Use a Steamer
A steamer with a brush attachment can be the fastest way to clean tile grout because you can go over the area fairly quickly. Steam will also sanitize the area without the use of chemicals. You can rent a steam cleaner at many home improvement stores. Simply read and follow the directions that come with the steamer.
- Seal Your Grout – (best done by a professional, just give us a call)
Once you have your grout looking its best, sealing it will make it easier to clean by keeping stains from setting in. The right seal will also make your grout less porous, which can help prevent mold and mildew in bathrooms and kitchens. If it has been a while since you last sealed your grout, you may want to re-apply.
When sealing grout, you will first need to clean and fully dry your tiles and grout. After you have followed the manufacturer’s directions for sealing, you will also generally have to wait until the seal is completely dry and cured, so avoid walking on the floors during this time. For this reason, it’s best to plan to seal your floor during a time when you will be away from home or will not need to use a specific room.
- Professional cleaning
When you find that everything you do doesn’t help, give a professional a call. The machines we use are unavailable to the homeowner and the water is at 200 degrees. Our machines both clean and vacuum up so that all the grime goes away. Adding sealant each year after professional cleaning protects your floors.