In all your many Spring Cleaning to-do lists and plans, do you have scrub your tile and grout on any of them? Many people give their bathrooms or kitchens a quick mop and call it good, but long-term buildup can take your tile floors and shower walls from looking brand-spanking-new to seeming dated, dingy, and dirty — even when you were just in there with a mop the day before. So how can you get your tile & grout to truly sparkle? We have a few ideas to help you out.
Make sure your dust mop is of a good quality, and sweep your floors daily. There’s a misconception about ceramic flooring that it resists dust more than traditional hardwood or linoleum, but that just isn’t true. The more dust and debris is allowed to go unchecked, the more risk you take of it digging its way into the lines of grout between the tiles. Sweep daily with a high-quality dust mop.
If you have a ceramic or tile floor, place extra mats inside doorways in order to catch loose dirt and debris. This is just a good, cost-effective, preventative step in making sure dirt can’t grind its way in. You can often find these rugs quite cheaply at local department stores.
Don’t use floor waxes on ceramic floors. Floor waxes aren’t really designed for that kind of use, and will be difficult to remove them later on. If your flooring was properly sealed upon installation, you should never have any need for these products.
Ensure all bathrooms have adequate ventilation. We often are called in to work with the tile & grout in a local home, only to find that the real problem has been a serious lack of ventilation. Showers and baths create a lot of moisture within a small enclosed room, and a lack of proper ventilation leads to mildew buildup, which will stain long-term and be difficult and pricy to clean later on.
Check the label on all cleaners before you apply. Many tile cleaners are acid-based, and can have a seriously detrimental effect on more delicate flooring. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the cleaner you choose was created with your type of flooring in mind.
Make this quick mix to mop your tile floors once per week. Take one cup of dish soap, add one gallon hot water. Thoroughly mop tile floors. Mop up any excess water, allow to dry. Buffing with a towel may aid in making the drying process quicker.
Call in a professional. If you have problems with stubborn tile & grout stains that just won’t come out, call Ron’s! We provide tile and grout cleaning services, alongside our other home cleaning services, to help guarantee that your home looks new all year long. Our experienced technicians would be happy to tackle your tile floors until they truly shine. Reach us by phone at (864) 297-6440 or contact us online at any time!