Tile and Grout Floor Care

Tile floors are everywhere, and where there’s tile, there’s also grout to separate it all, keeping everything nice and even, with straight lines.

But a straight line may not always be so… clean. Dirt and grime and other contaminants build up over time and make what was once a beautiful floor look downright ugly. The grout is especially susceptible to soiling and staining.

Just as you would clean any surface, tile and grout floors need special attention. If you keep them clean, following a maintenance schedule, you won’t have to deal with the tough issue of restorative cleaning.

Here are a few simple tips for you to follow in order to keep your tile and grout floors in tip-top shape.

Sweep it

The first step is keep the floor swept. Sweep it daily, which will remove dust and debris and other contaminants that can eventually cause tough-to-remove soiling.

Mop it

Tile floors are very easy to clean and maintain. Use a clean mop and an approved detergent to clean the floor. Some prefer the newer flat floor cleaners. Doesn’t matter the tool, it is how you use it and the products you choose.

Some recommend the use of chlorine bleach, which acts as a disinfectant. The challenge here is remaining residues can create issues, such as being tracked off onto carpet, causing color loss. Be careful with the use of any type of bleach.

Grout issues

The toughest part of a tile and grout floor cleaning job is… the grout. It’s porous, even if sealed, and becomes an eyesore quickly. Purchase a heavy-duty grout cleaner and follow the directions. You will most likely be on your hands and knees, and it takes time to do this right. Apply the product to the grout, allow some reasonable contact time, and scrub – scrub – scrub! Repeat as necessary. Work carefully until the grout looks great again.

When everything is cleaned up, be sure to rinse with a neutral detergent, or just water, and let air dry and inspect. You will find areas need more attention. When you do… get back to work!

Tile and grout cleaning is no easy task, especially when it becomes really soiled. When you find yourself up against an impossible task, do the smart thing. Call your professional cleaning company. After all, it pays to call a pro!

Making your Tile like New

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Do you remember when you moved into your Lafayette home or remodeled that Walnut Creek house? Do you recall how beautiful the tile and grout looked in there. It’s now been several years and all you can see is brown, black, and other grime in between the tiles. Tile floors and surfaces lose their shine and luster. Scrubbing and mopping do not fully clean the area. Grout absorbs almost all dirt and debris. Weekly cleaning does not bring out the gunk absorbed in the grout. What can you do to return the luster?

Grout and Tile Cleaning Options

You have a few options. The most draconian of these options is to just tear the tile out and move to a different/new material that is clean and devoid of all the residue. This is very drastic and would not be recommended unless there are other reasons to go this route.

Many people take the choice of getting a chemical from the store, some commercial gloves, and brush. They then can spend hours or even days scrubbing like crazy to get all the little crevices clean and free of dirt. This solution can be cost effective but it may not be thorough enough and could waste a lot of your precious time.

Lastly and the best recommendation is to hire a professional tile cleaner to come and restore your tile to “like new” condition. These professionals have commercial level equipment, high quality solutions, and experience in doing detailed cleaning. In addition, professional cleaners are usually qualified to place a sealant on the tile and grout to protect against future soiling of the area.

By having your tile and grout professionally cleaned, you are extending the life of your flooring and avoiding the necessity of spending large amounts of money for new tile. Thus, contact your tile flooring specialist today at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 1-925-833-0408.