Taking care of different types of flooring in your home can be tricky, especially when it comes to surfaces like tile and natural stone. These types of porous surfaces make it hard to completely clean all the dirt off, and make it look like new. With grout and tile flooring, there are some specific techniques that you can use to make sure your floors remain clean, free of bacteria, and sparkling clean.
For grout, start with something easy. Try simply pouring warm water and brushing it with a stiff brush. This should be enough if you clean the surface regularly or to remove dirt that hasn’t been there for too long. If your grout still has some mild stains, fill up a spray bottle with a solution with half vinegar and half warm water and spray the surface a couple times, then try using a stiff brush to clean it again. Another easy household item that is great to use for grout cleaning is hydrogen peroxide; let hydrogen peroxide sit for a little while until you can brush the surface. If the stain still persists, apply oxygen bleach and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse it with warm water so the dirt doesn’t stain the grout lines.
Tiles are usually not as hard to clean as grout. The secret is to clean it on a weekly basis. Sweep the tile with a soft bristle broom to remove the dirt, and vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any remaining particles. It is also important to clean the tile with an absorbent cloth as soon as possible if the surface has spills or wet spots, as these stains are going to be harder to remove when you try to clean it later.
Porcelain is a beautiful option but can be tricky to keep free from dirt particles. For polished and glazed porcelain, apply hot water and scrub the stain with a little brush. Dilute vinegar or commercial tile cleaner into the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Once the stain is mostly gone, apply some hot water and wipe it down with a dry towel. For unpolished or unglazed tile floors apply a solution of half water and half vinegar, let it stay wet for about ten minutes, rinse with warm water and dry it out with a microfiber cloth.
For this type of surface, use a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dish soap, and wash and dry one section at a time.
Your tile and grout floors need some special care from time to time as they can be tough surfaces to clean. If you want your tile and grout surfaces shinning when you get home, call the R&S team today for a professional tile and grout flooring cleaning!