Lets face it, keeping a clean house is not the easiest task in the world! The moment you clean your tile and grout, the dirt and grime builds up right in front of your nose.Especially with kids, animals, party guests and high traffic areas, one spill of a drink, dirty shoes, or crumbs are sure to leave its mark on your tile and grout.
So how can you maintain your tile and grout to make it last? Regular maintenance and occasional deep cleaning is needed, and will help you to keep the tile and grout in condition to last.
Simple Practices to Improve Long-Term Maintenance:
- Wipe down counters daily
- Remove grease stains promptly
- Sweep floors daily
- Sweep before mopping
- Mop kitchen weekly
- Avoid build-up of food, dirt, grime
- Squat down to see unseen crumbs
- Avoid abrasive cleaners
- Use a Hydrogen Peroxide/Water Solution
- Seal your grout
Cleaning Process for Grout
Begin by cleaning the area’s surface. Sweep away the crumbs and dirt, to simplify and avoid compound cleaning. Once you have swept the leftover dirt residue, you are now ready for part two. Clean the counter’s surface by using a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide-water solution. Hydrogen Peroxide is used to clean and disinfect dirt out of cuts, so it won’t be too strong for your grout.
To have better control dispensing the Hydrogen Peroxide cleaner, consider purchasing a spray bottle. Mix a half a cup of peroxide with one cup of water to use as your cleaning agent. Spray the counters with the solution and let it soak in; avoid rinsing. If you have not sealed your grout, make sure to seal it right away when it’s clean. A good sealant preserves your grout and prevents time’s corrosive effects. If your grout is in sustainable condition, but looks ancient, go to the store and buy a grout reviving solution to regain your grout’s fresh look.
Cleaning Process For Tile
There are many different methods to clean tile floors or countertops, but one of our recommendations is to try oxygenated bleach. Oxygenated bleach is a green alternative, which also happens to be quite effective. Oxygenated bleach is different than regular bleach, in the way it has less harsh effects on counter surfaces. Both cleaners are equally effective to remove dirt and stains, but bleach can sometimes also drain the color. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided or only used on occasion, as they can eat away at your tile or countertops. Regular bleach that is used on its own should always be diluted with a water solution.
Things to Keep in Mind:
While many often suggest mixing different chemicals for the perfect cleaning remedy, this is not a smart move and can be dangerous. Mixing chemicals could be toxic and have devastating effects. The mixture of bleach with vinegar, or bleach with ammonia, for example, are toxic combinations. When using cleaning materials in general, always be careful not to inhale the fumes.
- Cleaning chemicals should not be mixed with other cleaners
- Avoid inhaling fumes; open windows
- Some methods work better for specific solutions
- Use caution with some bleaches, some break down sealants
- Rinse most cleaners with water after to avoid dirt resettling
- Follow the directions on any cleaning product