Whether you’ve got tile floors or kitchen backsplashes, the grout between tiles can get pretty grimy, and it can be tough to clean grout on your own, but with the help of a professional cleaning company, like Chet’s Cleaning, you can get your grout looking fresh and brand new.
How Does Grout Get So Grimy?
Understanding how tile grout gets dirty in the first place can be useful when it comes time to clean it, but also in preventing it from getting as dirty so quickly. In the bathroom, for example, it’s usually mold or mildew causing the grout stains. In the kitchen, it could be a combination of food stains, general household traffic, and mildew.
The Importance of Grout Cleaning
Aside from the obvious unpleasant look of dirty grout, there are other reasons you should have your tile cleaned at least twice a year. First of all, it is unsanitary. Especially if what is making your grout so grimy is mold or mildew, you will want to make sure that gets cleaned up before it becomes a health hazard. Dirt and grime can also deteriorate your grout the longer it sits. If this happens, completely redoing can become a bigger and much more expensive project.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Cleaning your own grout can be dangerous, you could use some chemicals that will discolor your grout, stain it more, or just break it down altogether. It is always safer to call in a professional, like Chet’s cleaning, to ensure that your grout is being taken care of with the proper training, tools and equipment, and chemical cleaner expertise. They will get your grout looking like new with no hassle on your end! However, if you insist on trying to DIY your grout cleaning, it is better to start with household solutions, such as baking soda and vinegar, and working your way up to the chemical cleaners as they can be dangerous and do more harm than good. And remember, always take proper safety precautions when dealing with any type of chemical!
Generic Tips for Any Tile Anywhere
Should you decide to go the DIY route, regardless of what cleaning solution you choose, use a stiff brush for scrubbing. Old toothbrushes will be too soft, so even small spaces will require a heavy duty brush. Also avoid using metal bristles, as they will wear away the grout. Be cautious and make sure to test your grout cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of tile first to make sure it won’t erode or damage your grout work. This is especially necessary if your tile grout is old or damaged. You can finish off by applying a coat or two of grout sealer to keep your tile looking new, but be sure to educate yourself and know what you’re doing and which sealer to use so you don’t damage your grout!
If all else fails, even if it is right in the middle of your DIY project and you’ve changed your mind or are worried that you are doing more harm than good, you can always count on Chet’s Cleaning to be over as soon as you pick up the phone! We will ensure we leave your tile and grout looking better than ever!