Why spend hours cleaning tile and scrubbing grout just to feel like it doesn’t look clean at all when once you’re finished? That’s why we’re here to offer a few easy to use tips for cleaning your tile floors that should help you in your everyday cleaning.
4 Tips for Cleaning Tile and Grout
Tip 1: Always Sweep First
You always want start your tile cleaning off with a good sweep or vacuum to remove any loose dirt, crumbs and other debris. If you try and mop your tile without sweeping first you’re just going to push around all of the dirt and grime, most of it ending up in the grout lines.
Tip 2: Mopping
For routine cleaning, running a damp mop over the floor is enough to keep it clean. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with a gallon of fresh warm water, or use a neutral ph floor cleaner. Using other soaps or strong detergents can leave a sticky residue. You can usually find a gallon of neutral floor cleaner at home improvement stores. Try to wring as much water out of the mop as you can to avoid soaking the floor.
Tip 3: Use A Grout Brush
The biggest problem with tile cleaning is getting the grout lines clean. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains, using a grout brush will help with deep cleaning grout lines. Just spray some cleaning solution into the grout lines and scrub away. Its best to use a neutral floor cleaner that is low VOC and non hazardous. Bleach and other abrasive chemicals may break down the sealer and possibly discolor the grout.
Tip 4: Soak Up Excess Water
You don’t want all of that dirty water to soak back into your grout lines, causing them to stink and look just as dirty. Using a wet-vac would be ideal to suck out the dirty water, but even throwing a towel down and wiping up the excess water will help. After soaking up as much excess water as you can, putting a fan on it will speed things up.
Hopefully you found these tips helpful for maintaining your tile floors. If you are still having trouble getting your tile and grout cleaned, please contact us at 573-348-1995 and we would be glad to set up an appointment. You can learn more about our professional tile & grout cleaning services here.