The one thing about tile and grout is that it can get very dirty easily. Grime and dirt build up over the years due to daily activities. Additionally, mold and mildew are constantly growing because water gets inside of the grout. Especially in the shower or in the bathroom in general.
For instance, if the toilet overflows and spills over onto the tiled floor, the water from that alone will create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is just one way how your tile and grout is susceptible to dirt and mold accumulation. Fortunately, there are some tips on how to maintain your tile and grout.
The first thing to always remember if even a drop of water spills onto your tile, you must wipe it up with a dry white rag right away so there is no staining that can bleed through which can happen if you were to use a colored rag. The same definitely applies if you have mopped as well and used water to clean the floors. Always make sure if the tiled floors get wet to wipe right away.
Also, if something other than water does end up spilling onto your tile and grout, you will need to rinse with water and immediately dry it up with a dry white rag and keep blotting it dry until it is no longer wet to the touch.
You will also want to make sure that you vacuum your tiled floors on a regular basis. That means at least once a week, so any dirt and debris that fall onto your tiles do not settle into the grout which can easily happen.
When it comes to furniture, you want to be careful and put felt pads on the bottom so it won’t scratch up the tile in order to keep it protected. It is also advisable to put area rugs on tiled floors such as in hallways where there is a lot of foot traffic in order to minimize it being scratched up and becoming dirty.
However, in order to properly maintain your tile and grout, you need to have it professionally cleaned at least once every two years. It is very difficult to give your tile and grout a deep cleaning that it needs on your own, as you need to hire a professional cleaning company that can properly give your tile and grout a deep cleaning that you possibly can’t.
You will want to do your research and look for reputable and affordable tile and grout professional cleaners. Don’t go with the cheapest around because that is a sign that they cut corners. However, read reviews of cleaners and better yet, get personal recommendations.
This way, if you maintain your tile and grout by vacuuming, keeping it protected from furniture and foot traffic, wiping up spills and excess water right away- and getting it professionally cleaned then your tile and grout will stay fresh and you will have it for a very long time.