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How should you clean your tile and grout?

Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Holland, MI clean your tile and grout

Hey Holland, cleaning your tile and grout is a lot easier than you might think.

Tile is a perennial choice for many home owners because of its durability, water resistance, and pleasing aesthetic. But for many, cleaning tile conjures images of getting down on hands and knees to scrub grout with a tooth brush.

However, with regular care and the proper preventative measures, you can keep your tile looking beautiful with minimal care. Here’s what to keep in mind.

What kind of tile do you have?

Your cleaning approach will vary depending on your tile. Do you have stone, ceramic, or marble? Is your tile glazed or unglazed? Particularly porous or unglazed tile will be more prone to staining, and will require extra attention. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately, and never use a cleaner with a product containing color.

As for glazed tile, you’ll want to avoid any oil-based cleaners as they will leave a slippery residue over your tile.

Regular maintenance

Depending on the traffic in your household, you will want to remove dirt and other debris on a daily or weekly basis. You can do this by sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming. A microfiber cloth or a slightly dampened mop are also effective.

When you’re ready to mop, dust your tile first to avoid pushing dirt into your grout. Clean using clear water and a mild cleaning agent with a neutral pH.

Dry your tile when you’re finished

Wet tile is a slipping hazard, so you should always dry it when you’re done cleaning. Drying your floor will also leave it looking shinier by removing water spots, and it will prevent moisture from seeping into your grout. Either a terrycloth towel or a dry mop work well for this.

Have a professional clean your tile and grout annually

Even with regular maintenance, your tile will dull over time. An annual cleaning by a professional can bring back the shine, and a protective sealant will make your tile easier to clean throughout the rest of the year.

So, if your tile could use a little TLC, contact the professionals at Modernistic to schedule a cleaning today.

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