Glistening Grout: 3 Ways to Keep it Clean

Tile And Marble Cleaning 

Tile And Marble Cleaning 

Tile looks great and glistening when first installed, and really adds a nice, light touch to our kitchens and bathrooms. But it can be quite difficult to keep it looking that way, especially with heavy foot traffic, pets, children, or all of the above! Luckily, with the help of The Steam Team, we can restore your tile to its original condition; never hesitate to give us a call! But until then, follow these three simple tips for keeping your grout in optimal condition:

 

Mopping on the Regular

 

Mopping your flooring on a regular basis will help keep it clean! For best results, use a mop with a microfiber cloth attached to it, and don’t forget to sweep beforehand! Sweeping will help tremendously- especially when it comes time for cleaning day.

 

Using the Scrub Brush

 

Sometimes it just takes a little bit of elbow grease, and a lot of determination! This method may be a bit more difficult, but scrubbing tile and grout is another way of keeping it clean. You can use a concoction of baking soda and vinegar, or you can use your favorite go-to commercial cleaner- as long as it's specified for grout, you’re good to go! Scrub away!

 

Tile Cleaning

 

Here at The Steam Team, we believe that steam cleaning is the best way to clean tile and grout! A professional grade steam cleaner reaches deep within the pores of grout to extract dirt, grime, and other nasty substances that have been absorbed over time. Not to mention, it restores the shine in your tile- effortlessly.

 

Is your tile and marble are in need of a thorough deep cleaning? If so, don’t wait- call The Steam Team! We can restore your tile and grout to its original, glistening condition- and we’ll be out in no time!

Stone Cleaning In Austin, TX

Stone Floor Cleaning In Austin, Texas

Stone Floor Cleaning In Austin, Texas

Marble has been used in art and architecture for millennia as a beautiful- yet strong and durable material. It is a type of metamorphic rock, which is a sedimentary rock—such as limestone—that has been transformed by heat and pressure in the earth. Marble is more rare than limestone, and therefore more expensive. It also has a finer grain, and can be highly polished, which contributes to its decorative appeal.   

 

Marble is also delicate, so if you are lucky enough to have it in your home, you are probably aware that it requires particular care to avoid damage. Here are a few reminders how to best care for marble.

 

Natural v.s. Cultured Marble

 

Before you determine a cleaning method, first check which type of marble you have. Natural marble is generally cooler to the touch, and will fizz in contact with a couple of drops of vinegar (wipe away the vinegar quickly!). In contrast, cultured marble is manufactured with a protective coating that makes it easier to care for and less likely to experience damage.  

 

If You Have Natural Marble…

 

Natural marble is very porous, so you must take care to avoid using cleaners with acidic ingredients. Marble also scratches easily, so don’t use anything abrasive, either, such as hard brushes or Comet. Instead use a pH neutral cleaning solution, such as ammonia or dish soap highly diluted with water, with a gentle mop.

 

Steam cleaning should also be a safe alternative cleaning method for your natural marble flooring, since it only uses water (no harsh chemicals) and doesn’t involve any scrubbing.       

 

Also be sure to clean up spills immediately before they seep in. If you clean your marble floor with water, dry it afterward with towels to avoid the water soaking in and staining the floor.

 

If you Have Cultured Marble…

 

Cultured marble is not as delicate as natural marble. You may use standard household cleaners, even those that contain acidic ingredients. You also don’t have to be as careful about accidentally scratching it! Whew!


Check with The Steam Team about how we can help you clean your marble flooring. With the right know-how and professional equipment, we’ll take the pressure off of how to treat your prized flooring!