Tile And Grout Cleaning: What Not To Do

My guess is you've either given up altogether, or you are constantly fighting the battle of keeping your tile and grout clean and looking good. Porcelain and ceramic tile is one of the most popular and common floor types, especially in Las Vegas, NV. It is a popular choice due to the perception that hard surfaces are easier to keep clean and look good. Unfortunately, as with everything, it requires maintenance and the occasional elbow grease. I feel by the end of this short blog article, your understanding of the tile and grout cleaning process will make you a semi - professional!

Here is a list of the most common issues I find in the field:

  • Using too much soap (I've done it, we think more is better)
    • It builds a film up over the tile over time, attracting dirt.
    • Too much soap can cause your floor to be streaky…which is not attractive.
  • Mopping the floor and using dirty mop water
    • Grout is super porous. It will absorb that mop water, and cause your grout to appear darker. That's also a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Not sweeping the floor enough.
    • Dirt (sand and grit) is really, really abrasive. It can cause damage to your grout lines, and cause the grout to not look good in the future.
  • Applying a wax or acrylic sealer or finish to the floor (See picture above)
    • Sometime's we think that the cure all is to apply a sealer and that will fix everything. Unfortunately, the sealer will build up dirt, film, and it will wear and scuff eventually.
    • To clean the surface you must fully remove the sealer which is more costly and timely and usually requires a professional.
    • Consult a professional, they can better guide you on what is appropriate and best for your floor and you!

I live for this stuff! I recommend on a periodic basis get a professional tile and grout cleaner, such as Zerorez® Las Vegas, to professionally clean your floor and help answer your questions. The results are fantastic and it will save you time and energy! In the meantime, sweep your tile and grout frequently and use neutral cleaners to mop your floor!

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