Are you using a shampoo bottle to hide a mildewy corner of your tile shower? Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Just like any other frequently used surface in your home, grout and tile collect a lot of dirt over time. So if you’re starting to forget what color your grout used to be, it might be time to give it a good cleaning.
Cleaning grout is difficult, time-consuming work. Without a good set of knees, an old toothbrush, and several hours of back-breaking work, it is almost impossible to thoroughly clean soiled grout. If you have the elbow grease, go for it! Or, you can hire professionals to do a fast, thorough cleaning of your tile and grout for you.
Whether you choose the old toothbrush method or hire professionals, it is important to know how cleaning your tile and grout can improve the aesthetics and safety of your home. Tile can get slippery when wet, especially when water mixes with mildew from the grout. This is potentially dangerous for you, your children, and your pets. In addition to improving the traction on your tile, a thorough cleaning can completely change (and improve) the look of your entire room if your grout is in bad shape.
At Alpine Specialty Cleaning, we highly recommend sealing your grout after cleaning. Our grout sealing service is a great way to prevent the grout from mildewing, and it will keep your tile looking clean and new. Here are some more tips for preventing your tile and grout from re-soiling:
- Sweep or vacuum before you mop. This will reduce most of the wet dirt that might gather in your grout when you mop.
- Use gentle cleaners on your grout, especially if you have it sealed. Some cleaners can erode sealants and allow moisture and dirt to get into the grout.
- Give your tile an extra rinse after you mop. This will help get rid of a lot of loose dirt that may remain.
- Clean frequently. Nobody wants to mop every day, but even giving your floor a quick sweep on a regular basis can help keep your tile and grout looking squeaky clean.