After your tile contractor has finished installing beautiful new porcelain tile in your bathroom or kitchen, you want to keep it looking clean and new for as long as possible. To do this, you can't just mop the floor; you also need to be able to clean out dirt and stains stuck in your grout. For the most efficient cleaning, you need the right cleaners and techniques.
Grout Cleaning Tips After Tile Installation
1. Understand How Often to Clean
You won't need to scrub your grout every time the floor needs to be cleaned. Instead, do it when the grout looks dirty. This will be more often for high-traffic areas and less often for places that aren’t touched much, like walls.
2. Assemble Your Tools
To clean your grout thoroughly, you'll need a sturdy scrub brush. You'll also need an appropriate cleaner that will kill off mold and lift dirt without damaging the grout. Alkaline cleaners, oxygen cleaners, and chlorine bleach are all effective.
3. Know What Not to Use
When choosing your cleaning products, steer clear of baking soda, vinegar, and other acidic choices. Grout's mineral components can dissolve when exposed to acid, weakening it and causing it to crumble over time, so you'll need to call a tile contractor to replace it.
4. Apply & Soak
If you're using chlorine bleach, you can skip this step. With other cleaners, however, you should mix the cleaner according to the instructions on the box. Then, apply it to the grout and let it sit for five to 10 minutes to loosen the grime.
Unlike a smooth surface like tile, grout is porous and will need scrubbing to get all the dirt out of the tiny holes in its surface. Use your scrub brush to thoroughly wash along each line of grout. Then, rinse away your cleaning products.
If you need a tile contractor to replace tile that has been damaged by incorrect cleaning, choose Accents in Tile & Stone in Jackson, CA. This Amador County tile contractor has over 25 years of dedicated service to the community, building a reputation for both talent and flawless customer service. To get an estimate, call (209) 822-6600 or send a message online.