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Keeping Up With Tile and Grout Cleaning

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Tile and Grout Cleaning by ServiceMaster of Rochester

Tile is one of the oldest of all building materials, dating back over 4,000 years to the Middle East. Except for some modern advances in glazes and finishes, it has remained basically unchanged. Form some wet clay into a tile, sun-dry it or bake it in a kiln and you have a tile. Of course, there have been a lot of advances in producing this durable building material. But ever since tile found its way into our homes as a floor, wall or counter top surface, one problem continues to plague us: Once it begins to look dingy or stained, how do you clean it? For tile and grout cleaning in Rochester, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester to get your floors, counter tops, and walls sparkling clean and fresh again.

Cleaning tile and grout can certainly be a challenge, but as with many other cleaning problems the key is prevention. Of course it’s not possible to keep things from getting dirty, but when it comes to tile and grout there are some things you can do that will keep routine cleaning from turning into a huge project.

Let’s start with some basic characteristics of tile and grout. Ceramic tile is incredibly durable. If you’re looking for something that will stand up to heavy foot traffic, endue extreme temperatures, hold up where there is a lot of moisture like bathroom floors, tub surrounds and showers and last a lifetime, ceramic tile is a great choice. It comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, patterns and finishes that can enhance the appearance of just about any décor. But tile does have a bit of an Achilles Heel: Grout.

Grout is the porous cement-like material builders put between tiles. Because it’s porous in nature, it can absorb dirt and can be stained by accidental spills. However, grout serves a very important function. It seals the space between tiles to keep moisture, spills, water and all the things people track in from outdoors from finding its way to the subfloor or behind the walls tile is supposed to protect. In some ways it’s the most important part of a tiling project. Because it’s such an important element, it’s important to protect it and keep it looking its best.

The most important step you can take to keep grout stain free and easy to clean is make sure it has been given a good coat of grout sealer. This not only needs to be done after the tile has been installed, but it should be resealed once a year, depending on use and traffic. That will go a long way in making your regular cleaning easier. However, over time grout may still begin to look a bit dingy, and accidental spills can cause a stain. There are a number of methods you can use to get the sparkle back in the grout.

Grout may be cleaned with a solution of vinegar, ammonia and baking soda in water, or hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, or with a powdered oxygen bleach dissolved in water. Whatever solution you choose, it’s important to leave it for 10 or 15 minutes to let it work. Then scrub the grout with a nylon brush, rinse thoroughly and dry with a towel. When it comes to stains like coffee or fruit juices, just like carpet, the sooner you get the stain cleaned up the better. This process works best for small areas that have only been lightly stained.

Though these do-it-yourself tips may work, there’s the chance your hard efforts will only leave you with tiles bordered by grout sporting a multitude of various shades of its original color. The obvious and best solution is to hire a professional tile and grout cleaning service. Whether cleaning on a regular basis or when stains and soiling are more than you want to tackle, call ServiceMaster of Rochester. Not only do we have the products, equipment and trained professionals you need, but we can also give you helpful tips on maintaining your tile and grout as well as other areas of your home or business. We’ve been serving Rochester, Minnesota for years, and we look forward to serving you.

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