How and Why you should clean tile grout

Tile is generally a preferred material in homes because of its overall durability and its easy maintenance steps. While tile is relatively easy to keep clean, the grout between those tiles is another story. When the grout is discolored with accumulated dirt, mildew, and other elements, the surfaces can appear to be dirty immediately after cleaning sessions. The same techniques that are used for tile cleaning are not effective when you are cleaning the grout. What does it take to clean the grout in your Fort Wayne, Indiana home?

The Importance of Using the Right Tile Grout Cleaning Techniques

 If you are like many other local residents, you may routinely clean the tile throughout your home using your choice of store-bought or homemade cleaning agents. While the tile may be cleaned to your satisfaction through your preferred method, the grout can seemingly become dirtier over time despite how frequently you clean the tile. Cleaning grout requires the use of the right products and techniques for the best results throughout your home. 

The Impact on Aesthetics

 Unlike tile, grout is a porous material that can quickly accumulate dirt, dust, soap residue, mildew, and other elements. The unique composition of grout, unfortunately, makes it notoriously challenging to clean. As the tile gradually accumulates more dirt, the space could feel dirty even after you clean it. Some elements that accumulate or grow in grout can also emit a musty or otherwise filthy smell. The odor will persist until you have made concentrated efforts to clean the grout. 

The Need for Sanitary Surfaces

 Both grout and tile cleaning should receive your regular attention for more reasons than aesthetics. Mildew, bacteria, and other elements that become trapped in the grout pores can grow over time. When you or your family members come in contact with dirty grout, health risks must be considered. The bottom line is that the tile surfaces will not be sanitary until both the tile and the grout have been thoroughly cleaned. 

The Potential for Damage

 Because of grout’s unique composition, it can be damaged if the wrong cleaning products are used. Likewise, excessive scrubbing using a firm brush could lead to unintentional damage. The best cleaning techniques will remove the filth without damaging the tile, and applying a sealant after cleaning the grout can protect it from future staining and damage. 

The Most Effective Methods for Cleaning Tile Grout

 The best time to clean grout is before the discoloration and filth are severe. Cleaning grout periodically and effectively is essential, but how can you achieve the results you need to see without damaging the tile? There are two primary methods that you can try. Before you start cleaning, however, keep in mind that grout can be severely damaged by white vinegar and by other acidic agents. 

Store-Bought Cleaners

 You may assume that the store-bought cleaners in your cabinet designed to clean tile would also clean the grout sufficiently. In many cases, this does not hold true. In addition to cleaning the tile using your preferred method, you will need to take special steps to clean the grout separately. If you prefer to use store-bought cleaners, look for one specifically designed to clean grout, and that is safe for the type of tile in your home. 

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

 You do not need to make a special trip to the store to start your cleaning project. If you have baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap available, you can prepare your own cleaning agent. You will need to mix a teaspoon of the liquid dish soap with an even balance of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. This should make a thick paste that you can apply to the grout. Allow the paste to sit on the grout undisturbed for approximately 10 minutes. Then, use a toothbrush or another small brush with soft bristles to scrub the grout. After you rinse the tiles, you should see impressively clean grout. 

Post-Cleaning Grout Sealant

 While all grout will get dirty over time, you can dramatically extend the time between cleaning sessions by sealing the grout. The sealant should only be applied on grout that has recently been cleaned. Simply follow the application instructions on the sealant’s label. 

Request Professional Grout Cleaning Service Today

 Carpet Masters is known for being a reputable carpet cleaning company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and services extend far beyond this. Both tile cleaning and grout cleaning services are available for all of these hard surfaces throughout the home. To learn more about available services and to request a quote, contact Carpet Masters today.