Top 3 Tips to Tackle Tile and Grout Cleaning

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Ceramic tile and grout are often overlooked, since cleaning them can certainly be an irritating chore. Far too many people spend a lot of time on their hands and knees with a toothbrush, scrubbing each individual grout line for hours on end. But if you’re able to follow these three simple tips, you’ll find that tile and grout cleaning has never been easier!


Preventative Measures


Our first tip is to be sure to take all proper actions to prevent your tile and grout from getting dirty in the first place! The better care you take of your tile, the less likely it’ll need to be deep cleaned. Some ways to do this are;

  • Always keep your floors dry, even if the spill is just water or ice.

  • Add mats or rugs on top of the tile in areas that are stepped on frequently.

  • Vacuum regularly.

  • Always rinse with water after a spill.


Mopping Tile


Once you’ve removed the dirt by sweeping or vacuuming, you’re ready to mop. Mix hot water with a mild detergent and use a rag or chamois mop, rather than a sponge mop. A sponge mop could push dirty water into your grout, which would only make for a harder job later. Change your bucket of cleaning solution often so you won’t end up with a cloudy film of dirt on the floor.


Steam Cleaning Grout


Rent or purchase a steam cleaner that can effectively clean and sanitize all types of tiles and grout. Make sure that it comes with a small brush attachment for the grout. When you have the steam cleaner set up and heated up, move the cleaning brush back and forth over the grout. You’ll find right away that it’s much easier than using a toothbrush! Lastly, when you’re finished cleaning, use a towel or dry mop to wipe up any excess moisture.

If the job of cleaning your own tile and grout ever becomes too frustrating or won’t work with your busy schedule, always keep in mind that The Steam Team professionals can do it for you!