If you have tiles, you will likely notice that there are lines between each tile which are filled with a rough, cement-like material, known as grout. When this space between tiles is clean, your entire floor looks cleaner.
These little nooks and crannies seem to attract all the dirt and dust of everyday use. Fortunately, there are ways to clean your grout so your floors look as clean as the first day 50 Floor installed them.
How to Clean Up Tile Grout
Cleaning grout is simple if you follow these simple steps.
1. Start with a Thorough Cleaning of the Tile
Start by vacuuming and mopping your floors. This will pick up larger debris and will remove some of the grime from your tile and grout.
2. Read Flooring Manuals Carefully
Some flooring does fine with acidic cleaners while other grout can be harmed by natural cleaners containing vinegar. Always use the recommended grout cleaner for your tile and grout. Even with an approved cleaner, when using a new product, always test it on a small, unnoticeable part of your floor first, just to make sure it does not leave a residue.
When cleaning, focus on stained areas first, and then give your grout a once-over. Use a small brush to scrub between each tile. Finally, rinse the area and dry it with a towel to prevent moisture from getting in. Grout is porous, so you do not want to soak the area.
3. Use a Steamer
A steamer with a brush attachment can be the fastest way to clean tile grout because you can go over the area fairly quickly. Steam will also sanitize the area without the use of chemicals. You can rent a steam cleaner at many home improvement stores. Simply read and follow the directions that come with the steamer.
4. Seal Your Grout
Once you have your grout looking its best, sealing it will make it easier to clean by keeping stains from setting in. The right seal will also make your grout less porous, which can help prevent mold and mildew in bathrooms and kitchens. If it has been a while since you last sealed your grout, you may want to re-apply.
When sealing grout, you will first need to clean and fully dry your tiles and grout. After you have followed the manufacturer’s directions for sealing, you will also generally have to wait until the seal is completely dry and cured, so avoid walking on the floors during this time. For this reason, it’s best to plan to seal your floor during a time when you will be away from home or will not need to use a specific room.
Contact 50 Floor for All Your Flooring Needs
50 Floor has years of experience in flooring and can help you save money on your flooring choices, even on brand-name floors. Best of all, 50 Floor takes care of everything, from ordering to installation. We’ll even help you choose the best floors for your home.
If you need new tile floors or if your old tiles are simply past their prime, book an in-home consultation with 50 Floor today. In a no-cost consultation, you can review the best flooring for you and look at samples.