You want to see your tile & grout appear like it did when it was first installed! And you are absolutely right about that, it must be cleaned. You may also be wondering how the heck your tile and grout got so dirty since you never did anything to cause it to become so nasty.
The fact of the matter is, there was absolutely nothing you did to cause the dirt to accumulate over time. When you are running water, cooking if your tile and grout is in the kitchen, going to the bathroom if it is in the bathroom and so on, bacteria from doing all of those things will fly in and settle into the grout. Water will also get into it, especially in showers. Therefore, you will see that there is a lot of mold and mildew growing in there as well.
Between the dirt, grime, bacteria, mold, and mildew that are settled into your tile and grout, this is why it is crucial that they do get cleaned from time to time. All of that stuff brewing in there is not good for your health, and for your home environment. Listed below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your tile and grout.
Don’t use too much water when you are cleaning your tile and grout. Due to the fact that grout can be extremely porous, the last thing you want to see happen is that more water will get trapped inside, and end up having more mold and mildew growing! That will defeat the purpose.
Never use ammonia and bleach simultaneously, because this can create a chlorine gas which is extremely poisonous. If you are in an enclosed area this could be a serious health hazard.
Never use harsh chemicals because that will damage the tile and grout, and shorten its lifespan.
Don’t use a coarse scrubber which could easily damage tile and grout.
Never use colored chemicals to clean the tile. That could change the color of the grout.
Avoid using Clorox or bleach if the grout has a non-white color to it because it could be bleached out.
You can clean your tile and grout by using common household products like white vinegar and baking soda! If you have them in your pantry then get those out. If not, then when you are planning to go shopping next time, add those to your grocery list.
What you can do is dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water, mix it together and pour it into a spray bottle. Another thing you can do is mix water and baking soda together to create a mixture that has the same consistency as toothpaste. Whichever mixture you choose to use, take a small stiff brush and make small circles while cleaning with it on top of the stain until it is lifted away. Be sure to gently rinse after and wipe it well with a paper towel.
That will temporarily clean it and keep it maintained for a while, but the fact of the matter is, whenever you need to have your tile and grout cleaned to the point that you want it to appear like it did after it was installed, you must call a professional grout and tile cleaner to do the job.
A professional cleaner such as Clean N Fresh Carpet Cleaning will use non-toxic and eco-friendly products that are gentle, so your tile and grout will be cleaned with care and it will look fresh again like it did when it was brand new!