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Tips to keep your tiles and grout looking clean between services

Tips to keep your tiles and grout looking clean between services

From glacial white and dramatic matte black – to natural stone and marble – tiles never go out of style. Scratch resistant, pet friendly and allergy friendly, they are one of the most practical materials ever made and have proven their durability and beauty since ancient times. Follow our tips to keep your tiles and grout looking clean between services.

Tile cleaning tips – it’s all about the grout

The real secret to gleaming tiles is clean grout. Because grout is porous and made of sand particles, it acts like a giant sponge by absorbing grease, grime, oils and other stains.

Make a DIY grout cleaner

  • For moderate grout stains, fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, and then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush using a circular motion. Do not use a metal brush as it will damage the grout. Do not use this method if your tiles are made of natural stone as the vinegar can be damaging and can etch the tiles. Instead, spray a gentler solution of water and dishwashing detergent, then wipe with a damp microfibre cloth or towel. Repeat as necessary.
  • Alternatively, make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and water, then rub on to dirty grout using an old toothbrush. An electric toothbrush with an old head will also work wonders and save your elbows. Work well into the grout. Leave for five minutes then wash off with warm water. Please consult a professional to make sure this method is safe for your tiles.

Tile cleaning tips – which mop is best?

First, vacuum or sweep your tiles to remove dust from the surface. Vacuuming is more effective than sweeping as dirt can get trapped in the grout lines when sweeping.

For a home-made tile cleaner, use hot water and a dash of methylated spirits. Avoid soap-based products as they can leave a thin film on the tiles and will attract more dirt.

The mop should ‘grab’ the surface and lift off most grime with a little pressure. A damp microfibre mop is better than a wet mop for a streak-free clean. Steam mops are popular for owners of porcelain tiles.

Bring your tiles and grout back to life with Gold Coast Carpet & Tile Cleaning Services

DIY tile and grout maintenance can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating.At Gold Class Carpet & Tile Cleaning Services, our state-of-the-art equipment, non-toxic products and experience mean we produce the best tile and grout cleaning results. We have specialised rotary scrubbers, reliable stain removal treatments and an adjustable pressure cleaner that dries the tiles and extracts moisture.

If your tiles or grout have lost their lustre or you need grout sealing maintenance, please contact us today on 0413 497 423.

References

  1. https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/how-to-clean-tile-floors/
  2. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/house-and-home/household-advice/a674117/how-to-clean-grout/
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